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Whilst it is a novel, it is built around factual happenings, at times resembling a lesson in history. I found it impossible to read without choking with emotion as Oscar struggles to cope with tumultuous events that scar his young life. The reader lives his pain, fears and desperation as he travels his dangerous journey to freedom.
This is a story that grabs the reader, compelling them to turn the next page, hoping against hope that Oscar will come through his harrowing ordeal.
The hope and adversity in this novel counterbalance each other and really bring the world to life of the underground railroad. It is such a harrowing time in history, and the journey that the main character of this book undergoes was astounding.
It is full of pain, emotion, loss, and just about every other human condition that can be thought up. I was recommended this book by a friend and it completely blew me away in just how deep and meaningful it was.
The world we are living in is full of pain and modern experiences that are pulling us apart, so it’s nice to find a book like this that tries to bridge the gap and bring us back together.
Another fine example of history brought to life. The book is filled with words of wisdom about life and endurance–not only for slaves seeking freedom, but also for those never bound by the chains of slavery. In a world filled with hatred, this book gives hope for a way to stop perpetuating the violence. The writing and characters will touch your heart.
The essence of the story can be summed up in a quote from the book:
“…the heavy burden a mother carries over witnessing the daily oppressions, hardships, and horrors on her child and all the children caught up in the miseries of life. This was no life for any human being, let alone a child.”
Paulette Mahurin has done it again! She has written a historical fiction that gets at the heart of what it means to be both human and inhumane. Never afraid to tackle difficult subjects, Mahurin follows the life of the fictional Oscar, a young slave on a sugarcane plantation, as he struggles with the personal and social meaning of freedom on his flight from the South to the North via the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.
The narrative is steeped in historical fact, and the cast of memorable characters are infused with all the complex emotions, traits, and desires that make us human. If I didn’t know this was a novel, I would have thought I was reading the true story of this little man-boy who grew up way too quickly in a time when many slaves (and slave sympathizers) never had a chance to grow old. I learned a great deal about how the Underground Railroad operated by reading Mahurin’s book. My admiration for the resiliency of those who believed in freedom and equality for all only grew after reading heart-wrenching after heart-wrenching scene of the dangers slaves faced simply because of their skin color.
This story is set in the 1860s but is as relevant today as ever. The thread of capricious injustice is one that is woven in many coats we humans have worn over time. Oscar’s story is a poignant reminder of the worst of us. But it is also a courageous tale of the best of us. Must we give in to the hatred and fear that roil inside us? Is there a way to rise above our worst selves? Oscar will tell you.
The Day I Saw the Hummingbird is an inspiring, haunting, beautifully-crafted gift from Mahurin to readers and the societies in which they live. I highly recommend it.
What I most admire about Paulette Mahurin’s writing is her ability to describe the worst and the best in people in measured terms which brings home both the horror and the joy to the reader in full measure, unclouded by the author’s emotion…as a reader I am able to see her characters clearly, enter into their experiences, know them. They are real people, not Epinal figures used to illustrate a point.
It helps that she skilfully sets the historical background, weaving the essential information into her storyline, so that even someone with the most limited knowledge of the period can understand the context of the book.
Do read it…do rejoice for Oscar who overcomes both oppression and himself..a wonderful boy who grew into a man free in both mind and body.
The point of view is that of a growing up slave boy, who is forced to witness the death of his father and other close friends at the hand of white men, just before the outbreak of the Civil War.
Told by the grown up man as he looks back at his life, this manages to bring into the novel also the reflection of the post-slavery man on the Civil War and the times before and after.
The horrors of slavery and the shocking mind-sets that went with it are well portrayed, yet, as the reader knows that we’re historically on the verge of a new era at the time of the story, there’s also hope from the outset. All the more tragic is it to witness casualties and victims, so close before the end of the tunnel. The narrative is intimate and engaging, it’s very hard not to get involved into the splendid characters and the powerful scenes.
Harrowing, moving and inspiring at the same time, Mahurin takes us through a personal and historical journey, paying tribute to historical figures that aided the cause. If you haven’t read any of her work, go and check out Mahurin’s work. It’s very good.
Ben scritto, scorre veloce dall’inizio alla fine. Da consigliare per non dimenticare mai cos’è accaduto e imparare per il futuro (Translation: Well written, it runs fast from start to finish. It is recommended to never forget what has happened and to learn about the future.)
The seven year dress
Three years ago I visited Krakow on a three day break with my daughter. While we were we had a tour of the two labour and death camps. This was a humbling experience for us seeing the results of these atrocities by the Nazis. I would recommend everyone to read this book, although fictional, it portrays a deep account of this evil regime and, in the face of unbelievable adversity, human beings can love and survive…one of the most moving books that I have ever read.
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