The Pox Party

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Candlewick Press, 2006 - African Americans - 351 pages
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A gothic tale becomes all too shockingly real in this mesmerizing magnum opus by the acclaimed author of FEED.

It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother — a princess in exile from a faraway land — are the only persons in their household assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments — and his own chilling role in them. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, M. T. Anderson's extraordinary novel takes place at a time when American Patriots rioted and battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they would never claim. The first of two parts, this deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today.
  

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Really wonderful writing and fascinating premise. - Goodreads
Language very stilted and difficult to read. - Goodreads
This is a great book, full of excellent plot twists. - Goodreads
But the writing is a dirty gimmick. - Goodreads
Beautiful prose, amazing storyline. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Aleta Baxley - Goodreads

This book is beautifully written and shares a side of slavery often left out of other histories. The story follows a young black boy who is well educated at a college in an expierement to test the ... Read full review

Review: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation #1)

User Review  - Pau Toro - Goodreads

Looses some steam at the end with the narration switch, but otherwise a good read. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

M. T. Anderson is the author of several books for children and young adults, including FEED, which was a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. M. T. Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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