A Place Called Freedom
by Ken Follett
Genre; Historical Fiction
Publisher; Pan Books/London/1996
Plot; Sentenced to a life of
misery in the Scottish coal mines, twenty-one-year-old Mack McAsh
hungers for escape. His only ally: beautiful, high-born Lizzie Hallim,
who is trapped in her own kind of hell.
In 1766, from the teeming
streets of London to the infernal hold of a slave ship headed for the
American colonies to a sprawling Virginia plantation, two restless young
people, separated by politics and position, are bound by their search
for a place called freedom....
My Thoughts; What a wonderful adventure!
Like many of Follett's books, A Place Called Freedom can be a little melodramatic at times, but that is what I love about Follett titles. Reading is a great way to escape, and how better to escape than into a melodramatic adventure?
Most commonly, as you read a novel, there are ups and downs. There are times of action and there are times of backstory and detail. I found as I read this book that there were no lulls. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the story. And what an exciting story it is. Travelling from the underground coal mines of Scotland, to the eerie backstreets of London, to the wide expanses of Virginia.
The characters were really enjoyable. Mack, the male protagonist, is, lets face it, the dream lead. Mentally and physically strong, moral, stands up for his beliefs, muscly and vulnerable. While Lizzy, the female lead is everything a woman wants to be; beautiful, determined, enigmatic and just a little bit wild.
Yes, the story line is predictable, like most works of melodrama, but it is still a fun read.
Follett has also put alot of time into the finer historical details, which does add a level of believability and helps boost your trivia knowledge!
I recommend this title to historical fiction fans, or anyone wanting a fun adventure, without needing too much thought.