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The Stone That the Builder Refused

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    What is Freedom?

    Several years ago I stumbled on the second book, 'The Master of the Crossroads'. I did not buy it or read it then, as I saw there was a preceeding book and one yet to follow, so I bought 'All Souls Rising' and started at the beginning and I was off. This is a major achievement, they do not get better than this. I have lent these books to others who say its too violent. They miss the point. Bell leads the reader into a lost world, into its scenery, it scents, its tastes. What is it like to have coffee in the tropical morning on the porch of a plantation house, stirred with a piece of sugar cane? You will know if you read these books. You will come to know much more as well. You will understand three different languages even if you don't speak them. You will come to see that all human beings are equal, in love, in war, in hatred, and in so many other ways while at the same time they are so different. You will see the petty ways of people who could not transcend there own cultures and you will also see the savage beauty of those who could. Bravo Madison Smartt Bell, you have written one for the ages, much thanks to you. When I finish 'The Stone That Builder Refused', I will wait a few months and then I will go back to the beginning and read the whole work as one and frankly I can't wait.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    My favorite historical novels

    Bell's Haitian trilogy is the best work of historical fiction I have ever read. Amazingly well-researched, fully fleshed out characters, including believable psychological motivations. The book is full of fascinating details about things like Voodoo and the hostile relations between blacks and mullatos. The most important point of the book is that when a Christian nation treats its subjects horribly, the inevitable rebellion will be a bloodbath and any religion adopted will reject Christianity as hypocritical. Is it any wonder Haiti has never had any political stability? Read this series. Fascinating, informative, witty and horrifying.

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