Blonde Roots: From the Booker prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

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Blonde Roots: From the Booker prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

Blonde Roots: From the Booker prize-winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

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The England of Doris’s childhood is medieval and feudal, but Great Ambossa, the small but wealthy island off the main continent of Aphrika, with its capital of Londolo, shares features of our age with aspects of a futuristic dystopia. Se gli uomini di razza bianca fossero così intelligenti, come si dichiara nelle tesi della supremazia della razza bianca sulle altre, non si sarebbero mai sognati di inventare le razze: “Il cranio caucasidoide, viceversa, è purtroppo destinato ai gradini più bassi della scala del Genere Umano. What blew me away mainly is that BE manages to include so much commentary is this book and also has a fantastic story with great characters. Bernardine Evaristo always dares to be different ( New Nation ) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

But then it got really scary, as I realized it was so easy for my mind to shift back to imagining Doris and the other slaves as Black. The title is amazing and I spent a long time thinking about it with all the implications, hidden and obvious. All of this treads to an abrupt and anticlimactic conclusion proclaiming a tried message; slavery is bad (well duh).Blonde Roots is full of literary and historical resonances, including aping pro-slavery `eye-witness accounts' of the civilising effects of slavery, and, most tellingly, Joseph Conrad's seminal novel about exploitation in Belgian Congo, Heart of Darkness (Penguin Classics) . The reader knows from the outset that this is not alternate history of our own universe, because the author has included a map showing Aphrika in the North, Europa in the South, and the Caribbean islands unchanged, but renamed the West Japanese Islands. In the twenty-first century, Bwana’s descendants still own the sugar estate and are among the grandest and wealthiest families in the United Kingdom of Great Ambossa, where they still reside.

This is Evaristo’s first novel entirely in prose - her background is as a poet and her first three books were all partly in verse - but her language retains its musicality and exuberance, particularly in Doris’s un-self-pitying, drily comic tone. Some said that the guns the greedy aristocrats received in exchange for slaves encouraged them to start more wars just to meet the demand of the slave traders who wanted a yearly increase in exports. An account of one woman’s story living through the tragedy and obscenity of the transatlantic slave trade…but given one hell of a twist!But now, amid the warm glow of 21st-century liberalism, with our brilliant black president, what could we possibly learn from a new satire of slavery? it offered nothing new except the idea of the white/black switch, which I didn't find to be done well.

Thus, prejudice runs deeper than sartorial convenience - which of course evokes flip-side images (perhaps from a Merchant-Ivory film) of puce, double-barrelled British officials dressed to the nines under the sweltering African or Indian sun. Con uno stile scorrevole e una satira pungente, Bernrdine Evaristo porta alla luce tutta la sofferenza del popolo africano, che, nonostante siano passati più di trecento anni, è ancora vittima di pregiudizi e ahimé di fenomeni di razzismo. A premissa do livro é muito boa (uma escravatura ao contrário, em que os brancos são os escravizados) e as primeiras páginas prometem.After a whipping that leaves her scarred for life, Doris is sent to a plantation run by her master’s son as punishment for trying to escape.

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