Jan 09, 2021Cidherman rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
THE WATER DANCER is a beautifully written book that speaks from the heart about the ravages the institution of slavery wreaked upon the human spirit and decency itself. I loved UNCLE TOM'S CABIN and years after reading it, it remains my favorite book. THE WATER DANCER shares many similarities with that classic.
The lyrical writing and magical realism that follow Hiram Walker from his life as a slave, to freedom in the north, pulls you into a world where power is skewed and undeserving men determine the lives of everyone around them, ripping families apart at will, without guilt or conscience. Hiram Walker returns to the white father that held him in slavery and the fading tobacco plantation he grew up on as an agent of The Underground Railroad. He has one goal: to free the ones he loves from the oppression of slavery!
In his travels, he comes into contact with important historical figures, including Harriet Tubman. This is a amazing story. Read it!!!