The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

This novel follows the harrowing journey of a thirteen-year-old boy who is kidnapped from his New Orleans home and forced to serve on a slave ship. As the ship sails from Africa to America, he is tasked with playing his fife to "dance" the slaves, keeping them fit and thus more marketable. Throughout the voyage, he witnesses the brutal realities of the slave trade, confronting the inhumanity inflicted upon the African captives and grappling with his own complicity in their suffering. The story is a poignant exploration of guilt, moral awakening, and the horrific impact of slavery, both on those enslaved and those who find themselves part of the system.

The 5945th greatest book of all time


Published
1973
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
176
Words
Unknown
Original Language
English

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