Reviewed by Liana Metal
David Beasley writes fiction and non fiction. SARAH’S
JOURNEY and his other books are featured on his site at www.kwic.com/~davus .
SARAH’S JOURNEY is set in the United States and Canada
in the 1800s. Sarah, a half negro girl, is born into slavery in Virginia,
but flees to freedom in Canada in 1820
where there is no slavery. The story starts when Sarah is 16 year old and follows
her life till her death in Upper Canada. As the story unfolds, Sarah encounters the violent face of racism that marks her life as a slave and later
on as a free slave. She has a lot of children, many of which are white. What
is going to happen to them? Are they going to be regarded as slaves for ever?
Sarah is a heroine of admirable courage and spirit whose saga is inspiring and positive. She overcomes the difficulties in her life with optimism and helps other people cope
with their life. The author has managed to depict a real life character in the
most skilful way and make the readers identify with the plight of Sarah who is struggling to have the privileges that she
was deprived of. This story is a document against racial prejudice and
is based on real events and characters. The author’s views about racism
are echoed in many parts of the story such as these quotes: ‘If blackness was a stigma in society then she would bring
up her children as whites.’ And ‘they think of black and slavery together now.’ Though it is a historical
novel it is by far very different from the other novels of this kind as it presents a historical account worth reading.
SARAH’S JOURNEY is a real page-turner. The
reader follows step by step Sarah’s life and is curious to know what happens next, so that once started, this novel
will be read from cover to cover. The novel includes romance elements, mystery elements and a lot of adventure that will keep
the readers’ interest intact. The writing style is rich and complex at times, yet simple and easy to read by all kinds
of readers. It caters to a wide readership but those who are keen on historical novels will love it best.
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