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Everfair - Nisi Shawl
Everfair
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Everfair is a wonderful NeoVictorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with... show more
Everfair is a wonderful NeoVictorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier.

Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo’s “owner,” King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Shawl’s speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780765338051 (076533805X)
ASIN: 076533805X
Publisher: Tor
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
1.0 Awful.
As Goodreads describes it, it's "a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier." Now, how could this not be a fun read? ...
Burgoo
Burgoo rated it
Some of the better steampunk that I've read recently, but ultimately a bit disappointing.
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 Everfair - Nisi Shawl
It's an alternate history in which a genocide doesn't happen. It's about a utopian society that isn't so cleverly set up as to avoid all problems, but in which people work to find different, practical, solutions. It's steampunk that feels utterly plausible. It's a book that acknowledges the tremendo...
bookaneer
bookaneer rated it
3.0 "Fear of choking on hard-to-swallow knowledge."
Everfair by Nisi Shawl The premise of Everfair is utterly fascinating: an alternate history that takes place in the Congo starting under the reign of the tyrannical Belgian King Leopold II and ending several decades later. As Shawl notes in the forward: "At least half the populace disappeared in ...
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite
Summer Reading Project, BookLikes Satellite rated it
3.5 Everfair, by Nisi Shawl
Eddie Izzard explains colonization in such a way that it highlights the absurdity of people just showing up on a coast and claiming it in spite of the fact that people already lived in that area. As I read Nisi Shawl’s Everfair, I was reminded of Izzard remarking on British colonists’ “cunning use o...
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