When Prince Oroonoko’s passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast into slavery and transported from Africa to the colony of Surinam. Oroonoko’s noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but his struggle for freedom brings about... show more
When Prince Oroonoko’s passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast into slavery and transported from Africa to the colony of Surinam. Oroonoko’s noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but his struggle for freedom brings about his destruction. Inspired by Aphra Behn’s visit to Surinam, Oroonoko reflects the author’s romantic views of native peoples as being in “the first state of innocence, before man knew how to sin.” The novel also reveals Behn’s ambiguous attitude toward slavery: while she favored it as a means to strengthen England’s power, her powerful and moving work conveys its injustice and brutality. A new single-volume edition of this early anti-slavery novel Includes introduction, carefully modernized text, chronology, suggestions for further reading, and explanatory notes
Publish date: May 25th 2004
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 144
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Read For School
, Historical Fiction
, 17th Century
What I like about the Little Black Classics is that you are reading so many different authors, including ones that you had never heard of before encountering them in this series. Aphra Behn was one of those, and to be honest, reading about her was the most interesting part of this classic for me. Ap...
L'ho studiato l'anno scorso per l'esame di letteratura inglese.. Il professore sembrava tenerci molto, visto che a tutti ha chiesto qualcosa di questo libro.. :DGiusto per capire quanto lo abbiamo sviscerato a lezione (dalle 12 alle tre. Nemmeno vi sto a dire l'abbiocco che partiva ogni volta.. XD)!...
I quite liked this book and would have probably given it a 5 had it not been for the racist depictions in the book. Behn depicts the protagonist, Oroonoko, as being extremely regal and handsome because of his European nose and straight hair, among other things. I guess since the book was written in ...
This is the types of books, which I love the most - the one with quick-story, packed-action! There are a few books, which anchor you from the first line itself. Oroonoko comes into that category - the novel starts at description of the usefulness of 18th century slaves, defining the process of acqui...
Racism, pro-slavery and the first female author and first author to get paid for her works.Read it for English class, did not like it one bit.