The story commenced well, with an interesting setting and structure , it progressed well and drew me into the lives of the characters until the second half , the Author seemed to run out of a logical storyline and started to fluff out chapters with pointless and unrelated scenarios, the eventual climax is ludicrous and I found myself rushing through the final chapters just so I could finish it.
This is the sixth of the Man Booker long list books I have read, and the most difficult to review. On the one hand, I thoroughly enjoyed this for its adventure story (think Jules Vernon) and character development. I found Washington Black an intriguing main protagonist and loved the way Esi Edugyan wrote his relationship with Tanna (and her father). That said, the darker aspects of the book (slavery and its inherent brutalities, abandonment, identity politics) are somewhat shallowly dealt with, and don't sit easily with the 'escapade' style/tone of the book. Overall, I enjoyed the story, found the plot and characters engaging but was left frustrated and looking for something more.