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  • A worthy addition to that small, comic subset of historical fiction (including Little Big Man and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All) in which an unreliable, irreverent, sometimes cranky fictional narrator tells the story of true people and events, in this case John Brown and his quixotic anti-slavery revolt, told from the point of view of a reluctant cross-dressing mulatto slave boy. Though I thought there were a few too many contrivances in order to place the narrator in the center of various actions, the first-person voice is brilliantly done, and the novel is both entertaining and eye-opening.

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  • Good lord bird

    James McBride is an amazing author!

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  • The Good Lord Bird

    A good read and a good reminder of the gifts offered by those who went before. And very timely with the passing of Nelson Mandela. Imagine the two of them meeting in some other dimension!

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  • Classic fiction with humour and an edge

    A superb retelling of the story of John Brown from the point of view of a young Black preteen. Contrast this with "Cloudsplitter", another historical novel about the same subject: equally wonderful but diametrically written and perceived. What is undeniable is the fact that insane and violent people all too often disturb society for positive results with terrible consequences.

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