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James

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 11/04/2024
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James
The Book of the Century
This is the book Percival Everett was put here to write. One of those rare authors, who never disappoints, this is his masterpiece. James brings to lif... READ MORE
Jo at Greenwich
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Sure to be a classic!
One of my favourite books of the year and sure to be a classic! Emotional, witty and, at times, funny. So cleverly written, this is a brilliant book that I... READ MORE
Gemma Robb
James
Another masterpiece from Percival Everett
A retelling of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", told from the perspective of Jim (or James), the runaway slave with whom Huck escapes the... READ MORE
Martha
James
Utterly Brilliant!
What an astonishing, and simultaneously daring, read! Whilst Peevival Everett’s retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn depicts the outright horror... READ MORE
Jen Mackay at Windsor
James
"I am James."
I have been skeptical of the recent trend of novels revisiting classic works of fiction from a new perspective. Thankfully with Percival Everett's James, t... READ MORE
Matt Gillen
James
An instant classic
Is there a writer working today who can so adeptly cover multiple genres and never miss? I was hooked on the dark satire of The Trees and laughed out loud ... READ MORE
Red
James
James - Polished From History's Neglect
Everett takes an old classic from the shelf and dusts it off. He rebinds it with a razor-sharp eye on the horrors of slavery and life as a slave, of a grac... READ MORE
Colin
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If I could give this a hundred stars I would
The sign of a good book is, it will draw you in despite your mood. Once in a while every book you pick up just doesn’t click. All very good books, but not ... READ MORE
Kurde @Horsham
James
Bound to be a classic of the future.
What a book! I literally could not put this book down. With mountains of pace, an emotional rollercoaster of horrors and some wonderful, unforgettable mome... READ MORE
Lee Thompson
James
Just fantastic
This book is incredible, I hope it replaces 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' in popular culture and on school syllabus everywhere. I love these kind... READ MORE
Kathrin Shawcross

Synopsis

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: 9781035031238
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 518g
  • Dimensions: 241 x 158 x 30 mm

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James
A Masterpiece
This was astonishingly good. I grew up reading Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer and of the two stories I always preferred Tom Sawyer because it wasn't as scary and... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
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This was quite uncomfortable reading, as it should be. Brutal in places but also wonderful. And yes, that does make sense. It is a retelling of The Adventu... READ MORE
Ashrae
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Amazing Reimaging of a Twain Classic
I'll admit, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn wasn't my favourite book growing up, however, the character of Jim fascinated me and I wanted to read more a... READ MORE
Megan Rose
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Stunning return to The Mississippi
James by Percival Everett I first read Huckleberry Finn when I was 12 years old. It was our class reader - red, tatty and with countless other pupils na... READ MORE
Jonathan  Kaye
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A witty retelling of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
It is a long time since I read about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberrry Finn but this remaking was nevertheless very interesting and cleverly done. To have the s... READ MORE
Dana Farren