The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Water Dancer

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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403 pages | first published 2019

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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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Summary of 6683 reviews

Moods

emotional 75%
reflective 50%
challenging 49%
sad 45%
adventurous 43%
dark 43%
hopeful 33%
mysterious 30%
tense 30%
inspiring 29%
informative 14%

Pace

medium 55%
slow 41%
fast 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 56% | Character: 37% | Plot: 6%

Strong character development?

Yes: 86% | It's complicated: 8% | No: 3%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 62% | It's complicated: 30% | No: 5% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 91% | It's complicated: 4% | No: 2% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 42% | No: 28% | It's complicated: 26% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

4.02

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