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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing

by M T Anderson

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults

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The evils of experimentation on humans are painfully explored as Octavian pieces together exactly what his purpose is in the house of the rational philosophers. The philosophers carefully study Octavian and his beautiful young mother, who was once an African princess. Living comfortably, they are initially well-treated but gradually a more sinister purpose emerges and Octavian’s life disintegrates into degradation revealing the true nature of these 18th century philosopher’s attitudes to Negroes. Finely written, this is a fascinating and thought provoking insight into racism.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Synopsis

Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

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ISBN: 9780763624026
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Publisher: Candlewick Press,u.s.
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780763624026
Publication date: 2nd January 2007
Author: M T Anderson
Publisher: Candlewick Press,u.s.
Format: Hardback
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction,
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