The Water Dancer
A NovelBook - 2019
From Library Staff
A young slave discovers a power within himself that will lead him into a secret war on slavery itself.
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her; but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring s... Read More »
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'Way I see it, ain't no pure and it is we who are blessed, for we know this.'
'Blessed, for we do not bear the weight of pretending pure[...]I would live down here among my losses, among the muck and mess of it, before I would ever live among those who are in their own kind of muck but are so blinded by it they fancy it pure. Ain't no pure[...]Ain't no clean.'" (293)
“Bored whites were barbarian whites. While they played at aristocrats, we were their well-appointed and stoic attendants. But when they tired of dignity, the bottom fell out. New games were anointed and we were but pieces on the board. It was terrifying. There was no limit to what they might do at this end of the tether, nor what my father [the white Master of the plantation] would allow them to do.”
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