The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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432 pages | first published 2019

Description

From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom. Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was s...
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Moods

emotional 76%
challenging 50%
reflective 50%
sad 47%
adventurous 46%
dark 44%
hopeful 35%
tense 32%
inspiring 28%
mysterious 28%
informative 16%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 53%
slow 43%
fast 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 56% | Character: 36% | Plot: 6%

Strong character development?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 3% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 60% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 5% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 3% | N/A: 1% | No: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 47% | It's complicated: 25% | No: 24% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

4.01