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The Water Dancer - A Magical Surrealism

Updated: Jul 29

I read The Water Dancer by Ta-Nahesi Coates for #readingblackstories readathon for the prompt Written by a Black Author.


Honestly I was unaware of what I was getting into. I never read the blurb or any review at all before starting. The only thing I knew about this book was that it's been selected by Oprah's book club choice. That was enough trust for me I guess. I was not let down! This book is as wonderful read as Beloved had been for me!


It follows the story of a boy Hiram, who was born for a Black Slave mother and her White Master who rules the estate in Virginia. He is exceptionally gifted. His memory never fails him he sees and remembers everything!


There are 3 categories of Men that time:


Quality - The White people who rule over estates and control trades.

Low - The white people born into lower status who hunt down the escaping slaves for living.

Tasked - The Black people who are slave to Quality.


It may sound like a dystopian world but it had happened in the past for real! As the boy Hiram grow up, the virginia county gradually turns to dust because of the overuse of land. And the Tasked men/women owned by many founding families of Virginia are sold off into west where there is underdeveloped land.


After seeing the doom upon them, a wild desire of freedom clutches Hiram, he is ready to leave behind the life he created in Virginia in search of free air to breath. But what befalls him in this bequest and how it changes the tide in their history is flawlessly captured in the rest of the story.


P.S: It was really confusing in the beginning spanning up to 1st few chapters. But if you survive those you can definitely enjoy the rest of the book. Overall I won't say it is an easy read though but I give ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ nonetheless.


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