The Road to Frogmore: Turning Slaves into Citizens Paperback – October 30, 2012
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About the Author
- Publisher : Katzenhaus Books (October 30, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 506 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0982774524
- ISBN-13 : 978-0982774526
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 1.14 x 8 inches
Best Sellers Rank:
#5,597,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #217,784 in Historical Fiction (Books)
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I have long been a fan of Carolyn Schriber's work. Her prose is easy to read and the historical research behind her stories is impeccable. However, I love, love, love this piece for several reasons.
First, I enjoyed the way she played with point of view ... vacillating back and forth between third person omniscient while describing the community of abolitionists and the first person narrative of Rina a freed slave. This is a literary technique that I especially enjoy....and in the case of this novel, using Rina's voice was both charming and enlightening. At first, I thought I was going to have a hard time with Gullah, the evolving mix of English and Black slang used by slaves in South Carolina in the mid 1800s. Within a paragraph, I was beginning to get the hang of it...and by the middle of the book, I realized that I was not even noticing the language because I was so absorbed in Rina's crazy, mixed-up world.
I also found found the history around this story engaging since I knew little about that aspect of the Civil War and I've never been to South Carolina. I loved the subtle and gentle depiction of idealistic abolitionist and spinster Laura Towne's relationship with her friend Ellen Murray. And, as Laura comes to realize that her iconoclastic approach to "helping" didn't always help and that these people had their own culture, their own approaches to dealing with life's various challenges, and their own view of religion, I was reminded of Robert Ruark's book "Something of Value" about missionaries in Africa. I found myself pondering this underlying theme once again -- and before I could write this review, I went back and read "The Road to Frogmore" again.
The second time, I found myself looking up the locations mentioned on Google Maps and stopping to read about the Port Royal Experiment -- realizing that the challenges faced by the people -- black and white -- who lived through this era were far more complicated than many of the write-ups I found.
This is the stuff of a great book ... storytelling yes, but also a subtle message that eats at you...and makes you go seek out more information ... and gives you something to talk about over dinner.
I'm looking forward to author Schriber's next book...whatever her topic might be.
- Joyce Faulkner, Former President of Military Writers Society of America
I thought I knew lots about the Civil War - or as some of my friends in the south refer to it - The War Between The States. But I found much of what the author writes about to be actually new information, or at least not well known. I did not realize that there was any efforts to help abandoned slaves that was going on as the war was still being fought. The Port Royal Experiment is an amazing story of heroics and love and suffering and pain and so many other emotions. It could not have been introduced and written about any better!
History lessons should all be presented in this kind of format - it is entertaining and at times very inspiring. The author's talents are showcased chapter by chapter as readers are taken on a journey of the heart and mind. I believe that real history buffs, as well as those who just love a good story will equally enjoy reading this book. It is more about human nature than war. History becomes a story of personal suffering and sacrifice. Truly a FIVE STAR effort! Well worth the read!
W. H. McDonald Jr
Founder of The Military Writers Society of America
& The American Authors Association