Free Read [Poetry Book] ☆ David - by Ray Robertson ↠

By Ray Robertson | Comments: ( 417 ) | Date: ( Dec 08, 2019 )

God and whiskey have got me where I am Too little of the one, too much of the other David King, 1895.Born a slave in 1847, but raised as a free man by the Reverend William King, David has rebelled against his emancipator and his predestined future in the church He s taken up residence in the nearby town of Chatham, made a living robbing graves, and now presides in the God and whiskey have got me where I am Too little of the one, too much of the other David King, 1895.Born a slave in 1847, but raised as a free man by the Reverend William King, David has rebelled against his emancipator and his predestined future in the church He s taken up residence in the nearby town of Chatham, made a living robbing graves, and now presides in the company of a German ex prostitute named Loretta over an illegal after hours tavern.These days that final, violent confrontation with Reverend King seems like a lifetime ago The residents of Chatham know David as a God cursing, liquor slinging, money having man about town, famously educated and fabulously eccentric And he seems to be or less happy that is, until the death of Reverend King brings his past crashing down upon him.Inspired by the Elgin Settlement, which by 1852 housed 75 free black families and was studied by Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe, David is a fiery look at one man s quest for knowledge and forgiveness, and a moving portrait of life after the Underground Railroad.Ray Robertson is the author of Why Not Fifteen Reasons to Live.


  • Title: David
  • Author: Ray Robertson
  • ISBN: 9781926845869
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Ray Robertson

Ray Robertson is the author of six novels including Moody Food and What Happened Later, a finalist for the Trillium Book Award He has also published a collection of nonfiction, Mental Hygiene Essays on Writers and Writing He is a contributing book reviewer for The Globe and Mail Robertson lives in Toronto.


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Comments David

  • Mmars

    My taste - 3.5, but worthy of 4 stars. I was hoping this book would provide insight into the social history of ex-American slaves in Canada. It did, but I found it more about a man struggling to reconcile his religious and intellectual upbringing with expectations vs. the realities of life's undersides and realities. David's lot in life is a complicated one. Much more extraordinary that the book's blurb makes it out to be.David's mother was one of fourteen slaves inherited by the Reverend King, [...]


  • Richard

    I'd be happy to give this book six stars.Please check for plot points elsewhere.Simply put, a good story well told.A little detail: Told in the first person it's a coming of age, coming to maturity, and getting pretty close to redemption tale. The characters are well written, real, and develop at a pace; the situations are interesting, sometimes exciting, and laid out in a beautiful, matter-of-fact prose that carries the story with no superfluous drama. Finally, there are two dogs in this book - [...]


  • Gail

    Summary from host book club host: We had a lovely evening last week to discuss David – too bad Nancy, Kathy & Carol weren’t able to join us. Most of us enjoyed the book – many thumbs up - and there was lots of discussion. It’s a bit of history in our own back yard that we didn’t know about. Gail read a description of the settlement from the internet and it was pretty much how the book described it, including Reverend King. The school was indeed the best in the area which confirmed [...]


  • Sooz

    about a quarter of the way through this novel by Canadian writer, Ray Robertson. the story takes place in the late 1800's in Southern Ontario in a community inhabited by freed slaves. this much is based on fact. Elgin Settlement in Southern Ontario was founded by a Presbyterian minister - Reverend King - who was willed fourteen slaves by his father-in-law. King traveled to the states, set them free and offered to bring them to Canada and help them establish their own community. i quite like the [...]


  • Athos

    One man's struggle with the spiritual slavery of guilt and resentment. I found most of the characters hard to warm up to, which in turn made it hard to care what happened to them. The other trouble I had with it was that the resolution of David's internal struggles, the whole climax of the book, felt rather empty and worldly. Language-wise it's a very skillful novel, but somehow, that wasn't enough.


  • Nyasha Junior

    Never got to know main character. #sixwordreview


  • Johanna Zanten

    David as a character in a book is the most interesting protagonist I have read about in a long time. This historical novel was as intriguing in plot as in its line-up of characters and it was well written in a proper voice that had elements of old-fashioned language without becoming hard to read, as well had as appropriate ideas and had a protagonist that was appealing and sympathetic; at times it read as a crime novel. The story highlighted without sentimentality the hardship the first blacks i [...]


  • larry l. jerke

    Unusual book for me. Took it off the shelf without recommendations. True history of a white minister developing a community of escaped black slaves in the 1800s. Story is told by a black man who starts his own business and never works on anyone elses time. Has a white mistress. Very well written.


  • Monique

    I didnt know what to expect from this book but am glad I stuck with it, within its pages I learned more than I thought I would on history and being content in one's own station in lifeIn this story as main character David King recounts his life from someone's slave to his own man you learn much about our history and abolitionists like the Reverend King who was intent on freeing and educating slaves so much so that he organized and built a community for freed Negroes to learn the best of theology [...]


  • William

    This was a very interesting book with quite an unusual story. David was born into slavery but had his freedom paid for while still an infant by his mothers owner/rapist. He moved to Canada to live in a town of ex-slaves under the general guidance and political control of white religious leader, the Reverend King (ironic?). But this is no typical slave narrative. David has no real memories of slavery and no real allegiance to the Reverend King. David is an iconoclast and rebel, perhaps even a mis [...]


  • April Chick

    An important book because of its honesty about slavery, race, and the repercussions of slavery. It was also an absolute pleasure to read. Instead of instructing us the author moves us with a story of a very unique man, David, who was given freedom by a white man. In return for his freedom and classical education there are expectations placed upon him that he cannot meet, which are shackles of another sort. David is a very likable character who lives by his own rules. He reminds me of someone I l [...]


  • Ellen

    I won this in a First Reads giveawayank you ! This book was a really good read. I learned a lot about Canadian black history and the Elgin settlementd it was peppered with plenty of the protagonist's views about slavery and religion, which I enjoyed. It's a fascinating read and the author did a marvelous job creating a complex, interwoven story filled with all sorts of complicated, interesting characters. There were times, though, when I found it to be a bit of a struggle to read, because the p [...]


  • Lena

    One review of this book states it is the story of an angry black man living in 19th century, Ontario.I bought the book, but as I was reading, I just couldn't feel any real connection to the main character. Some of the writing was interesting, but there is a lack of depth.So I decided to find out about the author-and there lies the problem.The author is NOT BLACK.I am an avid reader (approx. 100 books a year)and yes I am African American. I read books by ALL races, nationalities etc.-A good book [...]


  • Richard

    Enjoyable novel about a Black Canadian living in 19th Century Ontario. He escaped slavery by being purchased as a boy by a Canadian abolitionist who started a community of freed slaves in Ontario. Although free, David, is essentially enslaved to the abolitionist, who pretty much runs the community. David seeks out on his own freedom by distancing himself from that community- intellectually & physically- and becoming a self-made man. Along the way, the author offers well written quotes about [...]


  • Michelle

    This book was so well-written that I overlooked my aversion to angst for angst's sake and read the entire book. The plot was utterly boring while the writing captured my complete imagination. I decided to err on the side of generosity and go with four stars. Please don't misunderstand, slavery was and is an abomination and is evil personified. I just don't have much patience for self-pity that lasts well past youth.


  • Carole

    This book is so well written I can hardly put it down. 8/2/13: I thoroughly enjoyed the book. However, towards the end it was sometimes disconcerting the way the author took us back and forth between time periods with little warning; the 'current vernacular' was noticeable when it appeared, sounding very unlike what one would expect to hear in 19th century Canada or anywhere else for that matter. But who cares? I loved the book.


  • Lorine Kritzer

    This is a beautifully written book with a strong and complex main character. And there are so many interesting issues: slavery, the anti-slavery movement, what it meant to be a freed slave, a black/white relationship at a time when it was an act of bravery, just to name a few. In addition, as someone pointed out, the reader learns so much about Walt Whitman, William Blake, and the raid on Harper's Ferry. The choices David had to make are a discussion in themselves.


  • Cynthia Mcarthur

    Read for the Historical Novel Society. Review has been written and sentI certainly hope it does this book justice!


  • Rachel

    Not one of the top 100.but there is a market for it. It is just not for me.


  • Ross McKie

    The quiet moments, always the quiet moments in the din of rebarbative plotting.


  • Biblioasis

    Give us a book that involves bootlegging, grave-robbing, black history, German prostitutes, and Aristotle—and how can we say no? Seriously. #fivestars


  • Wendy

    This was a really pleasant surprise. Wow.


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