“You know you are I good hands when you pick up the latest book by Tracy Chevalier. Meet Honor Bright from England who accompanies her sister, Grace to America during the 1850's when slavery should have been abolished, but slave hunters were everywhere. Honor's life becomes entangled with other Quakers and runaway slaves are an important part of it. Honor must make decisions that don't go against her conscience, but negotiate the informal laws of her community.”Mrs. Cat wrote this review Monday, July 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Honor Bright, a young Quaker woman newly arrived in Ohio from England, finds herself caught in a moral dilemma - does she follow her conscience and her heart to help runaway slaves on the road to freedom, or does she follow the law and the wishes of her family by refusing to help. Tracy Chevalier, author of The Girl with the Pear Earring, is a master of historical fiction whose eye for detail makes for a compelling story every time! ”WHPL Readers wrote this review Thursday, July 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Although not my favorite book by Tracy Chevalier, it was an enjoyable read.”Annie wrote this review Tuesday, July 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Honor Bright, jilted and embarrassed. In England joins her sister Grace on a voyage to Ohio where her sister is to marry. Along the way Grace dies and Honor winds up living in a house where she clearly feels awkward and strives to find a place in this area of the country frequented by runaway slaves on their way to Canada.
While I thought the plot was a bit weak, and certain relationships under-developed, what Chevalier did well in this book was to showcase life on an Ohio farm, the art of quilting and sewing., the differences between life in England and life in a small town Ohio village, as well as Quaker customs.
An enjoyable read, though not complex nor in depth enough for me. ”
“Enjoyable read. Insight into this very unsettled time in this country and the issue of slavery and the Underground Railroad. Not a deep involved story but characters that are interesting and some surprising turns.”Karla C wrote this review Friday, July 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Back in my early teens, maybe a decade ago, I started reading Tracy Chevalier. Years later, I'd realize that after having read "Fallen Angels", I'd started reading more "serious" books. Tracy Chevalier marked me leaving children's and young adults' books and continuing to more challenging literature. And because of that, she'll always have a special place in my life as a reader.
"The Last Runaway" is a book written much in her style and I don't mean that in a bad way. A compelling plot, interesting characters, a wonderfully chosen time period (one that I know nothing about). And all the research. It's been years since I started reading her books, but the attention to details and all the research she does on various topics always amazes me. Tapestries, fossil collecting, life in post Victorian England. And now quilting. I can't even imagine how much time must have gone into reading about different quilting methods. That's one of the things I love about her and her books and it's also the reason why I read every book she wrote. Tracy Chevalier doesn't write just so that she could publish something, she really takes her time to write good books with life like characters.
In this one, it's the story of Honor Bright and the culture shock she experiences after moving to America from England. In the beginning, she can't get used to anything in America. The words are weird, the nature is out to get her, food isn't what she's used to and, worst of all, Americans don't seem to take quilting as seriously as she does and they use different techniques that Honor doesn't like very much. Gradually, she starts falling in love with the American nature, learns new expressions, realizes that delicious American food does exist and starts seeing beauty in American quilting.
I loved the description of Honor's box, the one she uses for needles, threads, scissors and everything else you might need for sewing. It reminded me of a box my mom used when I was a kid. It had a very distinctive smell, made of old thread, plastic buttons and metal. I remember going through the bottom, playing with buttons and trying to avoid the occasional needle that fell of its cushion. Reading about everything Honor used made me think about my childhood and the times my mom and grandma would sew together and I was there, sewing something simple for my dolls and trying not to get in their way too much.
I enjoyed reading "The Last Runaway", but my impression was ruined a bit by one of the absolutely worst Serbian translations I've ever read. And I've read some really awful ones. Such a beautiful and colorful book didn't deserve this butchering. Full of grammatical and syntax errors that should be unacceptable, not only for a translator, but for everyone who's ever gone to elementary school. It really makes me sad to see that standards for a good translation are set so low and that anything can be published, let along by the leading Serbian publishing house. It was filled with word-to-word translations that don't make any sense in Serbian, lousy "solutions", generally incorrect translations and overall sloppiness. If your sentence makes me cringe because I recognize English constructions in it, you're not doing a very good job. I regret not taking the book in English. ”
“Enjoyed the combination of history & religion. Honor Bright leaves friends & family in England to come w her sister grace to America. Grace is to marry Adam Cox & live w him in a small town in Ohio. Honor ends up alone after Grace succumbs to yellow fever. It is 1850 & Ohio is a major route for runaway slaves. Honor's Quaker upbringing necessitates that she help these runaways even when her actions confluct w her new family the Haymakers. ”Mary M wrote this review Sunday, July 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really good story! My favorite of Chevalier's so far. I loved the characters.”RosY A Librarian wrote this review Saturday, July 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A good book about the role of the Quakers in Ohio assisting runaway slaves trying to reach Canada. Honor has recently emigrated from England with her sister who is to be married in Ohio, but she dies soon after her arrival, leaving Honor to find her own way. She gets involved in the Underground Railway and once married to a Quaker she has to decide whether to assist the runaways or do as her husband commands, which is to stop. ”Bobbi wrote this review Tuesday, July 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No