I need to read this book when I get the chance!
These two reviews first ran on my old blog Ready When You Are, C.B.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson is as interesting for its history as it is for its story. First the story. Octavian, a slave in colonial Boston, is raised by the philosophers at the Novanglian College of Lucidity. He is given the best of everything, professorial tutors, musical training, the fancy clothing and excellent food. He is bright, curious, a gifted student who believes his future holds the world open for him. He sees himself as a young prince, and his mother as a queen in exile from her homeland.
What he does not know, is that his teachers are raising him as part of a scientific study to determine if Africans have the same capabilities Europeans have. At first, his teachers are sympathetic; they support him, have genuine feelings for…
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