A Fugitive in Walden Woods

  • Title: A Fugitive in Walden Woods
  • Author: Norman Lock
  • ISBN: 9781942658221
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • ↠ A Fugitive in Walden Woods ☆ Norman Lock - A Fugitive in Walden Woods, A Fugitive in Walden Woods Samuel Long escapes slavery in Virginia traveling the Underground Railroad to Walden Woods where he encounters Henry David Thoreau Ralph Waldo Emerson Nathaniel Hawthorne William Lloyd Garrison a
    ↠ A Fugitive in Walden Woods ☆ Norman Lock - A Fugitive in Walden Woods, A Fugitive in Walden Woods Samuel Long escapes slavery in Virginia traveling the Underground Railroad to Walden Woods where he encounters Henry David Thoreau Ralph Waldo Emerson Nathaniel Hawthorne William Lloyd Garrison a

    • ↠ A Fugitive in Walden Woods ☆ Norman Lock
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    About Norman Lock


    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Norman Lock has written novels, short fiction, and poetry as well as stage plays, dramas for German radio, a film for The American Film Institute, and scenarios for video art installations His plays have been produced in the U.S Germany, at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival, and in Turkey His work has been translated into Dutch, German, Spanish, Turkish, and Japanese.He received the Aga Kahn Prize, given by The Paris Review, the Literary Fiction Prize, given by The Dactyl Foundation of the Arts Humanities, fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and from the National Endowment for the Arts source normanlock


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    1. Lock s American Novels series engages creatively with 19th century literary classics In this fourth book, a runaway slave encounters Henry David Thoreau and his circle and ponders the meaning of physical and ideological freedom Samuel Long has been a fugitive for a year when his Underground Railroad journey ends in Concord, Mass Lock skillfully weaves in Concord s transcendentalist milieu through the philosophical debates Long observes or participates in The novel evokes New England s seasons th [...]

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    2. The latest installment in the author s American Novels Series, A FUGITIVE IN WALDEN WOODS looks at Henry David Thoreau s time at Walden Pond from a novel lens Norman Lock introduces the reader to a character named Samuel Long, an escaped slave from a plantation in Virginia, who has been given refuge in a shack in the woods nearby to Thoreau s cabin It is from Long s point of view that we experience New England as it was in the mid nineteenth century.Arriving in Concord, MA through the network of [...]

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    3. Norman Lock is no stranger to historical fiction and A Fugitive in Walden Woods is, in fact, his fourth in what the author calls his The American Novels series The first three books in the series are The Boy in His Winter based upon Twain s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn American Meteor an homage to Walt Whitman and William Henry Jackson and The Port Wine Stain the author s tribute to Edgar Allan Poe and Thomas Dent M tter Lock uses each of the books in the series to remind the reader that t [...]

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    4. Imagine wanting freedom so badly you would chop off your shackled hand to escape slavery That is what Samuel Long did and as Norman Lock tells it, Samuel s travels via the Underground Railroad bring him to Concord, Massachusetts There Ralph Waldo Emerson sets Samuel up in a cabin very near Henry David Thoreau s small house in the Walden woods Emerson is concerned about the state of Thoreau s health, for he is known to have consumption And so Samuel Long becomes a helpmate, fishing partner and co [...]

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    5. I enjoyed this story to a point it seemed to be wordy than it needed to be the characters were true to form interesting to understand

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    6. This is a great book Lock portrays a fictional account of a freed slave fugitive in Walden s Woods by writing as a transcendentalist while the protagonist encounters transcendentalists It would be very easy for this to become heavy handed or for the real life characters Thoreau, Emerson, Garrison, Alcott, and Hawthorne to become caricatures, but this doesn t happen, which is quite the accomplishment.Perhaps a greater accomplishment is the beauty of his writing I found myself reading this one slo [...]

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    7. In Norman Lock s novel, A Fugitive in Walden Woods, Samuel Long is in danger He has escaped from his master and has ridden the Underground Railroad all the way to Massachusetts, where he becomes the preferred company of men like Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne Lock s novel attempts to wrestle with the ideas of transcendentalism, human dignity , racism, privilege, and what it means to be free in America And it mostly succeeds Lock s narrative borrows generously f [...]

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    8. Full review here coloradoreviewlostate rWhen asked for his motto in a 2016 interview, Norman Lock answered One must write as if a book really could change the world It s no wonder, then, that he s attracted to American writers of the nineteenth century notables like Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, and Walt Whitman After all, they wrote books that really did change the world.Lock s new novel, A Fugitive in Walden Woods, is the fourth in a loose series grappling with those early American literati who [...]

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    9. I received an advance copy of A Fugitive in Walden Woods by Norman Lock in exchange for an unbiased review I have been reading Walden Pond intermittently and I could really relate to Norman Lock s book It is written in the point of view of an escaped slave who takes refuge in Walden Woods under the protection of Hawthorne, Thoreau and Emerson I really enjoyed this book It was written in the language of the time, which made the story feel realistic The characters also felt very realistic, as if [...]

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    10. Quotable God is not angry he cried, his stoical upper lip showing teeth He had sufficient Unitarianism in him to scorn fundamentalist Christian melodrama Hell is inside us It is the pain we cause ourselves I was accustomed to living as if I took up no space or air than a dog does less, for a dog in a southern household may be privileged.Most of us must keep talking, afraid that, in the silence that rounds our lives, death will come like a shivaree, derisive and clamoring But I sometimes longed [...]

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    11. This book made me think about human dignity during pivotal moments, those times when a person is caught off guard and must make a sudden moral choice and how that shift decision impulse can make a big difference It made me think about what it means to be able and willing to see other people, really see them, for who they are and for who they can be Book clubs might discuss the human craving for dignity and freedom, the enrichment of the mind and how to go about it, and the conflict and connectio [...]

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    12. This is fourth novel in Lock s series about America It takes the form of a 1864 memoir by Samuel Long, a runaway slave who is taken in by Ralph Waldo Emerson, lives for a time in Walden Woods close to Thoreau and who meets Hawthorne and other luminaries during the 1840s It is remarkable for the close attention Lock pays to the minute details of the pre Civil War era The imagined conversations ring with authenticity, as does an excerpt from Long s slave narrative as told to William Lloyd Garrison [...]

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    13. Excellent The author blends history with fiction in the character of a slave, Samuel Long, newly escaped from a cruel master With help, he arrives in Walden Woods and lives in a small cabin His neighbors and friends, and benefactors, are Henry Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson Through them he meets Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Lloyd Garrison, and other writers and philosophers of the 1800s Through Samuel s observations, we get to know Thoreau intimately, and he s a study in contrasts This story is [...]

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    14. A fiction story featuring Thoreau, Emerson, and Hawthorne, but told from a perspective of Samuel Lock, an escaped slave living next to the Walden Pond It s a story of racism, privilege, and the meaning of freedom Written by a white writer, which could be problematic, but with an apparent attempt at nuance in describing a relationship between a traumatized, introspective black man and a well meaning, if sometimes unaware, nature writer Must readalike Walden by Henry David Thoreau Readable, sympat [...]

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    15. A runaway slave makes his way through the underground railroad to Concord, Massachusetts, where he comes to know Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and William Lloyd Garrison.

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    16. I enjoyed this book for it s cleverness and writing style The story is told from the prospective of an escaped slave who has been hired, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, to help Henry Thoreau, who was living at Waldon Pond Most interesting and very creative writing.

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    17. I think you need to be familiar with Thoreau s Walden Pond before reading this I didn t finish Kept feeling like there were lots of parts that would mean if I knew Thoreau better For American Lit nerds.

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    18. At times, it seemed a little forced awkward, but still worth a read.

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    19. Writing fell flat, but the concept was interesting.

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