[ Pdf The Last Runaway ↠´ science PDF ] by Tracy Chevalier ✓ Inspiring and realistic A heart warming tale of one woman s unexpected journey to ferry runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad and saving her soul and self in the process.
Simply put, this is one of the BEST historical novels I have ever read.
The plot After being jilted by her fiance in England, Quaker woman Honor Bright decides to accompany her sister Grace to America and help Grace adjust to her upcoming marriage and impending life as a pioneer woman But when tragedy befalls them, Honor finds herself alone in a strange country, dependent on the kindness of strangers and trying to learn the customs of 1850s Ohio still a rough and wild place Further, she has much to learn about the raw, bitter, divisive nature of the issue of slavery, and how very little is as black and white as we wish it could be.
Chevalier is, at this point, a veteran writer of historical fiction I ve enjoyed her novels in the past, but The Last Runaway sets a new, even higher standard for her work While Ch New York Times Bestselling Author Of Girl With A Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier Makes Her First Fictional Foray Into The American Past In The Last Runaway, Bringing To Life The Underground Railroad And Illuminating The Principles, Passions And Realities That Fueled This Extraordinary Freedom Movement In New York Times Bestselling Author Tracy Chevalier S Newest Historical Saga, She Introduces Honor Bright, A Modest English Quaker Who Moves To Ohio In , Only To Find Herself Alienated And Alone In A Strange Land Sick From The Moment She Leaves England, And Fleeing Personal Disappointment, She Is Forced By Family Tragedy To Rely On Strangers In A Harsh, Unfamiliar Landscape Nineteenth Century America Is Practical, Precarious, And Unsentimental, And Scarred By The Continuing Injustice Of Slavery In Her New Home Honor Discovers That Principles Count For Little, Even Within A Religious Community Meant To Be Committed To Human Equality However, Drawn Into The Clandestine Activities Of The Underground Railroad, A Network Helping Runaway Slaves Escape To Freedom, Honor Befriends Two Surprising Women Who Embody The Remarkable Power Of Defiance Eventually She Must Decide If She Too Can Act On What She Believes In, Whatever The Personal Costs A Powerful Journey Brimming With Color And Drama, The Last Runaway Is Tracy Chevalier S Vivid Engagement With An Iconic Part Of American History This novel was enjoyable enough However, reading it gives one a sensation of floating atop the story nothing pulls a person in or attaches itself to the reader s emotions The story is just too light The first hundred pages are largely given over to quilting patterns and sewing techniques, which is fine enough if one has a taste for such thorough narrations of domestique intricacies but a reader choosing this book based on the cover description would be disappointed It leaves one to believe that it is centred around the Underground Railroad, leaves one to expect a drama of true trials and interpersonal struggles as no tale concerning such a matter could be or was otherwise, especially to the people immediately concerned However, excluding the last scene, the collection of scarce small events involving black runaways throughout this novel most definately purposes as a side story, I did not like this as much as I thought I would I like Chevalier, I like Historical Fiction, and I adore books of this period That s why the book gets a three star rating from me, but it leans towards the lower end of the 3 The book s weakness to me is the wishy washy main character Honor Bright She drifts along with events, believes in Silence so much that she doesn t seem to have any thoughts, and above all she didn t make me believe that she was sincere Honor Bright is an English Quaker, who comes to America to get away from a jilting, ostensibly to help her sister settle into her new home Her sister succumbs to a yellow fever sickness before she can reach Ohio Honor, unable to go back to England, but nitpicking away with America because among other things, it is not neat and ordered and there are trees everywhere, decides to continue on to Ohio where she meets a number o Honor Bright follows her sister Grace over to America in 1850 She crosses the sea in the Adventurer and makes her slow way to Faithwell, Ohio She meets despair and tragedy along the way and quickly finds herself in an uncomfortable situation almost as quickly as she arrives Honor is a Quaker and lives within her community of Friends She finds that Faithwell is a stop for runaway slaves from the South on their North Star path to Oberlin and onto Canada I enjoyed each chapter ended with a letter either from or to Honor, I found myself looking forward to these pieces of correspondence between her old life and new one I also enjoyed reading about quilting, and learning the differences in the patterns, technique and col I am trying to figure out today what made this book so unputdownable last night I was up reading it until I finished at 3am and the only thing I can come up with is the character of Honor Bright She is such a sympathetic character and I wanted to know what happened to her.
The Last Runaway is the story of Honor Bright, a young Quaker woman who leaves England to escape an unpleasant past that is not of her own doing, and her attempt to fit into the American society in a small town in Ohio There are a cast of interesting characters in Donovan and Belle, Jack Haymaker, Adam and Abigail, and and decisions that need to be made by Honor that foreshadow a deeper meaning behind her name.
There were familiar aspects to this novel, anyone who has read Uncle Tom s Cabin will recognize similarities between the stories but this is dealing with the other side Honor volgt haar zus die gaat trouwen in Amerika Honor gaat met haar mee omdat haar verloofde in eens voor een andere vrouw koos Aangekomen in Amerika sterft haar zus onderweg naar haar toekomstige man Verloren en met geen andere keus dan door te gaan gaat Honor op weg naar de verloofde van haar zus Ze sluit vriendschap met twee uitzonderlijke vrouwen en raakt betrokken bij de illegale praktijken van de Underground Railroad, een beweging die ontsnapte slaven helpt te vluchten naar het vrije noorden In haar worsteling om haar eigen plek en stem te vinden, moet Honor kiezen wat ze bereid is te riskeren voor haar overtuigingen Ik kan mij best lastig een voorstelling va maken Meegaan naar een totaal onbekend land, zonder vastomlijnde plannen, afwachtend wat haar zou gebeuren, bijna zonder geld, een opmerkelijke vrouw.
Oh, goodreads Why does thee not allow for a half star rating If thy did, I would give this book a solid 2.
5 star rating For the cover art, I would give thy a 5 star rating But I digress Tracy Chevalier s latest book examines the Quakers role in the Underground Railroad during the mid 1800s We see this time period through the eyes of one Honor Bright, a recent emigrate from England Honor is a twenty year old who like most twenty somethings finds it is one thing to profess moral ideals and quite another to live by them Issues that vex Honor Quakers are not allowed to lie or keep secrets BUT the success of the Underground Railroad relies on such prevarication How does thy quilt when the very material used to quilt with comes off the backs of slaves Her mother in law, Judith, an elder in the Quaker community Sour faced and judgy Donovan, the slave catcher Her A Quaker girl from England landed up in Faithwell, Ohio, 1850, right in the middle of the Underground Railroad s path Heartsick and homesick, Honor Haymaker struggled to wrap her mind around the slavery laws of America and the way it was applied in the northern states Milking cows, sewing quilts, making hay, bottling the bounty of summer for the harsh uncompromising winters, tapping maple trees for syrup, making cheese, obeying her mother in law, and being a good wife, drained her from everything she ever believed in or aspired to Her only true friends were Belle Mill, the milliner, and Mrs Elsie Reed, a former slave, in Wellington, but their friendship were strictly forbidden by her husband s family Belle was also the sister of Donovan Mill, the slave hunter, who made it his business to uphold the laws The relentless clattering of