A deeply moving recasting of one of the most controversial characters in American literature, Huckleberry Finn’s Jim
Written in the great literary tradition of novels of American slavery, My Jim is told in the incantatory voice of Sadie Watson, an ex-slave who schools her granddaughter with lessons of love she learned in bondage. To help her granddaughter confront the decisions she needs to make, Sadie mines her memory for the tale of the unquenchable love of her life, Jim. Sadie’s Jim was an ambitious young slave and seer who, when faced with the prospect of being sold, escaped down the Mississippi with a white boy named Huck. Sadie is suddenly left alone. Worried about her children, convinced her husband is dead, reviled as a witch, and punished for Jim’s escape, Sadie’s will and her love for Jim, even in absentia, animate her life and see her through.
Told with spare eloquence and mirroring the true stories of countless slave women, My Jim re-creates one of the most controversial characters in American literature. A nuanced critique of the great American novel, My Jim stands on its own as a haunting and inspiring story about freedom, longing, and the remarkable endurance of love.
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|Title of eBook: My Jim|
|Release Date: 12-18-2007|
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|Publisher: Crown Publishing Group|
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Chas Freeman ask me to marry him.
Take me by the hand. Take me in his arms. Lift me on his horse and jump up right behind me. Show me a letter say he got duty with the Ninth Cavalry at Fort Robinson Nebraska. Got to ride out there and chase down them savage whites and Indians.
I real happy for Chas. He so proud. But I dont wants to go to Nebraska and I tells him so. Cloud come over his face and he get real quiet.
You think on it he say. Me I cant sharecrops no more. I aint born a slave and I aint gonna live like one.
Who gonna keep the land I says. But he aint got no answer.
I comes back for you Sunday after next he say. You come if you want me. You the one I wants. Chas always sure bout everything. Me I aint so sure and I cries when he leave me at Nanna Sadies cabin.
Nanna in there shucking corn.
Why you all the way crying she want to know. You ever seen a bird crying. Here you sitting free as a bird and crying like a beatdown dog. What your name she say.
You know my name I tells her.
I knows it. You the one forget. She look at me real hard cause she mad now. What your name she say again.
Marianne. I can hardly answers. Her asking make me weep.
Marianne what. She sound like a preacher on Judgment Day.
You Free Marianne. Got a freeman asking for your hand. What you gonna say gal.
I cant says nothing so I looks down at the floor.
What year we in she want to know.
She never know the year. She say it aint important. But she know I counts the year and she make me tell her when she mad. Nanna reckon I reads and w...