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Posted September 27, 2009
Feel the magical rhythm...
The lyrical, compelling voice of Trinidadian-born, NYC-based author Kelvin Christopher James swirls and dances through this novel of 19th-century family drama that connects West and North Africa to a Caribbean-bound slave ship.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A sorcerer casts his princely infant nephew, M'nalo, with a spell that spins revenge on others. Adventures, both grand and grueling, sweep the boy along a fascinating, mystical tale.
"The Sorcerer's Drum," infused with tongue-soothing African and Caribbean words -- such as zangala, babawalo, and boubou -- is an eye-opening, jaw-dropping opportunity to step into a past world and learn about exotic practices and beliefs, customs and cultures.
Ride bravely and curiously and enthusiastically upon its captivating beat-beat-beat to discover how and why, as James (who earned a doctorate in science education from Columbia University) writes, this story is "a song of subtle wisdoms and survival."