The day Grace is called from the slave cabins to work in the Big House, Mama makes her promise to keep her eyes down. Uncle Jim warns her to keep her thoughts tucked private in her mind or they could bring a whole lot of trouble and pain.
But the more Grace sees of the heartless Master and hateful Missus, the more a rightiness voice clamors in her head-asking how come white folks can own slaves, sell them on the auction block, and separate families forever. When that voice escapes without warning, it sets off a terrible chain of events that prove Uncle Jim’s words true. Suddenly, Grace and her family must flee deep into the woods, where they brave deadly animals, slave patrollers, and the uncertainty of ever finding freedom.
With candor and compassion, Ann E. Burg unearths a startling chapter of American history — the remarkable story of runaways who sought sanctuary in the wilds of the Great Dismal Swamp — and creates a powerful testament to the right of every human to be free.
Since I was little,
Mama’s been tellin me,
You keep those eyes
lookin up –
that’s where the good Lord
n His angels live.
So how come now
she’s changin her mind?
Promise you’ll keep
your eyes down, she says.
Yeap, this book is written in verse. Like a poetry. But no, it did not bother me even 0,1%. And no, I am not even gonna review this book in usual way. Honestly, I don’t know what to say, because this book is so important for everyone to read. So, please add this book to your tbr pile. Please, please, please read it!
This book may be a work of fiction, but it is based on the experiences and lives of real people in a place called Great Dismal Swamp. In the year 1700, this swamp has became a refuge for slaves that manage to escape from their masters. It’s a place to hide out, and the people who escaped and stay in this swamp called “maroons”. Great Dismal Swamp is not an easy place to live. There are many wild and dangerous animals such as bears, panthers, poisonous snakes, swarms, mosquitos, and etc. Also, the area are full with thorns and thickets. But the maroons strived to live here, even though it’s hard. You can read more about it HERE.
All I can say is this book crushed me, left me broken hearted, and angry!
Sometimes it is hard for us to imagine or feel the pain or struggles that someone else’s been through, when we never experience such things ourself, isn’t it? “Unbound” will help you to feel and picture how is it like to be a slave, to live in fear and hated just because your skin colour is not white, but brown, or black. To be honest, as I am writing this post, I am crying. I am so so mad, and feel so helpless.
Everyone’s got a way of matterin.
The only thing
what don’t matter
is what color
the good Lord paints us.
Just,… read it. PLEASE.