Read: 9 May, 2014
In the second volume of Octavian’s story, we find him escaping from slavery with his tutor, Doctor Trefusis, as the Revolutionary War erupts around them.
I found this volume to be quite a bit more of an emotional rollercoaster than the first – Trefusis providing a great deal of comic relief (and cementing himself as one of my all-time favourite fictional characters) against a backdrop of horror.
While the first book focused on the formation of Octavian, the second focused much more strongly on the theme of freedom – a word used so much in the context of American independence, yet one that is surprisingly fuzzy (as a black man, Octavian naturally notices that the freedom fought for often included the freedom to own other people).
As with the first volume, I found the book to be very informative and it left me with a lot to think about.
- Read my review of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Vol. 1: The Pox Party.
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