Someone knows my name is the extraordinary story of aminata diallo who – as a child of eleven – was stolen from the african village of bayo and enslaved aminata survived the horrors of the slave ship , rape by her first owner, appleby, (p160), the theft of both her children and the constant danger of being re-enslaved once she had regained her freedom.
The canadian novelist lawrence hill wrote the book of negroes (2007, published in the united states as someone knows my name) it is inspired by the african americans who were resettled in nova scotia, and some of them who later chose to go to sierra leone , where they created a colony of freedmen in africa.
Someone knows my name by lawrence hill summary study guide detailed plot synopsis reviews of someone knows my name plot summary part 1 aminata, who is called meena throughout this novel, is a black african muslim girl who lives in a small village called bayo one day her father tells her the story of how he met her mother.
Lawrence hill is the author of the novels, someone knows my name (published as the book of negroes in cabada), any known blood and some great thing and of the nonfiction work the deserter's tale (with joshua key) he lives in ontario, canada (from the publisher) more lawrence hill is an award-winning canadian novelist and memoirist. Lawrence hill’s someone knows my name, published by norton in 2007, is his fourth novel the story focuses on aminata diallo, who was born in west africa in 1745 in 1802, aminata goes to london to help the cause of the british abolitionists in the first part of the story, aminata’s childhood and capture is described.
But the proper name carried much significance in eighteenth century europe: forms of address and etiquette of the name's use were part of a careful code of respect and hierarchy similarly, in bayo, africa, childhood home of aminata diallo, main character of someone knows my name , one's name, rank and tribe carried great meaning. Someone knows my name (the book of negroes) lawrence hill, 2007 ww norton & co 512 pp isbn-13: 9780393333091 summary kidnapped as a child from africa, aminata diallo is enslaved in south carolina but escapes during the chaos of the revolutionary war. Someone knows my name is a very well written fictional account about the early days of slavery in america it tells the story of aminata, a child born in africa, who is captured and taken from her homeland and brought to america as a slave.
Someone knows my name is the story of a girl who becomes a woman, a wife, a mother, and a leader – all while under the ownership of white men it is a novel that offers its readers not only a mesmeric heroine and expertly paced plot, but also a significant survey of the complexities of the pre- and post-american revolution african slave trade. In lawrence hill’s wonderfully written fictional slave narrative, “someone knows my name,” the protagonist exhibits similar “proof on my flesh” of slavery’s barbarity but to do so, she must face her audience the evidence aminata diallo has to offer is inscribed above her breast, the enslaved female body instantly sexualized.