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From the PublisherChicago Tribune Long after we'd stopped believing in the great American novel, along comes a spellbinding adventure story that may be just that.
The New York Times Book Review Heroic...engrossing...in the tradition of Billy Budd and Moby Dick...fiction that hooks into the mind.
San Francisco Chronicle A rousing adventure yarn that resonates with and echoes the spirit of early sea stories...Johnson has fashioned a tale of travel and tragedy, yearning and history, and done so from a different, rarely explored viewpoint....Middle Passage is a story of slavery, often brilliant in its structure and riveting in the way it's told.
The Washington Post Middle Passage is both unexpectedly funny and highly intellectual.
Los Angeles Times Book Review Highly readable...by turns mimicking historical romance, slave narrative, picaresque tale, parable, and sea yarn, indebted to Swift, Coleridge, Melville, and Conrad.
Essence A vivid and compelling work.
USA Today A fascinating allegory of the way black and whites came together in this country...Johnson's remarkable novel challenges us.
Publishers Weekly A savage parable of the black experience in America...blending confessional, ship's log, and adventure...in luxuriant, intoxicating prose.
Newsday Middle Passage resonates...a spirited adventure tale daringly spun off the realm of myth.