James: Signed Edition

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 11/04/2024
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James is an enthralling and ferociously funny novel that leaves an indelible mark, forcing us to see Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in a wholly new and transformative light. From the shadows of Huck Finn's mischievous spirit, Jim emerges to reclaim his voice, defying the conventions that have consigned him to the margins. Shortlisted for the 2022 Booker Prize for his novel The Trees, Professor Percival Everett is one of the most decorated writers of our lifetime. 1861, The Mississippi River. When the enslaved Jim overhears that he is about to be sold to a new owner in New Orleans and separated from his wife and daughter for ever, he decides to hide on nearby Jackson's Island until he can formulate a plan. Meanwhile, Huck Finn has faked his own death to escape his violent father, who recently returned to town. Thus begins a dangerous and transcendent journey by raft along the Mississippi River, toward the elusive promise of the free states and beyond. As James and Huck begin to navigate the treacherous waters, each bend in the river holds the promise of both salvation and demise. With rumours of a brewing war, James must face the burden he carries: the family he cannot protect and the constant lie he must live. Together, the unlikely pair must face the most dangerous odyssey of them all . . .

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 2928377246549
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm

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Could not put it down
Absolute wonder of a book, Percival Everett has done it again, following the exquisite Trees with this rewriting of Huck Finn, from the perspective of the ... READ MORE
Claire Estelle
Brilliant and well executed
James is a retelling of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from the perspective of Jim, the slave. I haven't read Mark Twain's original book so half wa... READ MORE
Nana Adjoa Osei-Kumi
powerful, dramatic and heartbreaking
Having never read Huckleberry Finn ( To Kill A Mockingbird was the school text of the seventies) or the books of Percival Everett, James was read with no i... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
Delightful, dangerous and sad
This was not my usual choice of genre but having enjoyed the Adventures of Tom Sawyer as a child my curiosity was piqued. I am so glad I took the chance as... READ MORE
Pauline Cooper
Powerful story
James by Percival Everett is a masterful story that is clever, creative and hugely enjoyable. James is the slave that Huckleberry Finn escaped with in the... READ MORE
Ciaran McLarnon
Unmissable. Unputdownable.
A brilliant novel. It does all I ask from a good one: great protagonist (in this case also narrator, James (the Jim of Huckleberry Finn's adventures) whose... READ MORE
Clarisa Butler
I absolutely loved this book ,riveting and explosive. I was there every step of the way with Jim and Huck . Read it in one sitting ,I just couldn’t put it... READ MORE
Kim Brown
Wonderful take on Huckleberry Finn
James is a retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from the viewpoint of the runaway slave known then as Jim. It’s a long time since I read Huckleb... READ MORE
An amazing take on Huckleberry Finn, I struggled to put it down, a great read.
Jane Blakeman