April 14, 2011

Sarny: A Life Remembered

Summary: The Civil War is over, and Sarny has been released from the shackles of slavery. She's free, but what does that mean? This sequel to Gary Paulsen's acclaimed novel, Nightjohn, follows Sarny as she searches for her children after the war. Hope comes from surprising places, and soon Sarny finds herself in New Orleans, working, teaching, and building her life anew. Though the war is over, hatred and danger lurk around every corner, threatening her efforts to teach others to read. In Sarny, Paulsen creates a character that sparkles with heart and courage. His descriptions of her first days of freedom--her first lavender-scented bath, the sweet taste of canned peaches on bread, this novel tells the remarkable story of a former slave's amazing journey.
This book has such good word choice, with perfect dialog and descriptive words that really paint a picture in your head. But beware that this book is very depressing, and not for the faint of heart. I think there was too much unnecessary suffering, you can have your character suffer, but do you have to have her suffer every five pages! I loved all the characters, so it's just so hard to see them suffer. This book was really good, with the perfect style for this time period. Not the best book ever, but a very good read.

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