A Place Called Freedom

A Place Called Freedom

Book - 1995
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A PLACE CALLED FREEDOM begins in the infernal coal mines of the Jamisson family, in the Scottish highlands, where twenty-one-year-old Mack McAsh spends most of his waking hours. Bound to his employer for life, Mack burns with an insatiable desire to escape. He finds an unlikely ally in Lizzie Hallim, the beautiful, willful young aristocratic woman who yearns for independence in a male-dominated society. Mack's hunger for freedom brings him into conflict again and again with the harsh rulers of eighteenth-century Britain. Accused of riot--a capital crime--Mack becomes one of the thousands of convicts who are shipped to the American colonies, to work as slaves for seven long years. With its vivid, fascinating portrayal of the colorful streets of London and the endless landscapes of the New World, plus an unforgettable cast of heroes and villains, lovers, and rebels, hypocrites, hell-raisers, and whores, A PLACE CALLED FREEDOM is a magnificent epic of love, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, in association with Crown Publishers, 1995
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9780679765097
0679765093
Branch Call Number: FICTION FOLLETT
Characteristics: 608 p. (large print) ; c24 cm

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catsrule123
Jan 24, 2014

A place called freedom is an important book. We often think of slavery in terms of African people, but this story tells us about the crofters of Scotland and how they were enslaved. It is a fascinating and well written book by a great author. It is right up there with Pillars of the Earth and is certainly "meaty" enough. Not as detailed as Pillars, but just as good.

zed33 Oct 18, 2010

Quick read. I was hoping for more. I love Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. There is not much meat to this story. Pretty typical repressed person seeking to break the accepted social norms and become more than what is expected of him. Dialogue was disappointing. Scots don't speak like Brits.

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Mar 14, 2010

Hidden by a Scottish river bank in the winter of 1767, Lizzie Hallim watches a naked figure emerging from the icy water. Mack McAsh is a slave and Lizzie is helping him escape. Mack challenges the mighty Jamisson family, which enslaves whole families to work their mine. Mack soon finds himself wrongly sentenced to death. Rescued from hanging, he is transported to America, where he continues to struggle for freedom...

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