All Souls' Rising

All Souls' Rising

by Madison Smartt Bell
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All Souls' Rising 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All Soul¿s Rising is kind of an amazing book. It¿s bloody. Very bloody. But so is the subject matter. Bell is stretching himself on this one. I¿m not sure it gives the full complexity of the story from the slave¿s perspective, but this really feels like it¿s intended to set the grand stage for the books to follow. It does that well. The author¿s writing is precise and beautiful, even as it describes amazing horrors. I look forward to the next one. If Bell can tie all these story lines together and somehow give meaning to this chaos he will be achieving something grand, something few authors even attempt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
George Bernard Shaw says somewhere that one can better learn about the past from historical novels than from history texts. That's not generally true, I think; but Bell's recreation of events in the first two years of the 1791¿1803 Haitian revolution ¿ All Souls Rising ¿ is the kind of work Shaw must had in nind. Master of the Crossroads, the second work in his trilogy, carries Bell's account to 1801. Both books are imaginatively conceived, extensively researched, and brilliantly written. I recommend them highly.
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