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The Moor's Account: A Novel - Laila Lalami
The Moor's Account: A Novel
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From the widely praised author of Secret Son and Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits—a stunning piece of historical fiction: the imagined memoirs of the New World’s first explorer of African descent, a Moroccan slave known as Estebanico. In 1527, Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from Spain with a crew of... show more
From the widely praised author of Secret Son and Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits—a stunning piece of historical fiction: the imagined memoirs of the New World’s first explorer of African descent, a Moroccan slave known as Estebanico. In 1527, Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from Spain with a crew of six hundred men, intending to claim for the Spanish crown what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States. But from the moment the expedition reached Florida, it met with ceaseless bad luck—storms, disease, starvation, hostile natives—and within a year there were only four survivors, including the young explorer Andrés Dorantes and his slave, Estebanico. After six years of enslavement by Native Americans, the four men escaped and wandered through what is now Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The Moor’s Account brilliantly captures Estebanico’s voice and vision, giving us an alternate narrative for this famed expedition. As this dramatic chronicle unfolds, we come to understand that, contrary to popular belief, black men played a significant part in New World exploration, and that Native American men and women were not merely silent witnesses to it. In Laila Lalami’s deft hands, Estebanico’s memoir illuminates the ways in which stories can transmigrate into history, even as storytelling can offer a chance at redemption and survival.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780307911667 (0307911667)
Publisher: Periscope
Pages no: 328
Edition language: English
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LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
3.5
Although I can appreciate the importance of this book's subject matter and admire the scope of Lalami's research, I found the protagonist lacked depth and the narrative dragged in places. I was more caught up in the story of Mustafa's life as a young person, prior to his enslavement, than in the epi...
KOMET
KOMET rated it
5.0 AN AFRICAN'S ODYSSEY IN THE NEW WORLD (1528-1536)
This fantastic, cleverly crafted novel is based on the ill-fated Narváez expedition (1528-1536) in which a large group of Spanish conquistadores and auxiliaries embarked upon a mission of exploration aimed at establishing settlements in what is now Florida and discovering gold. The only account of t...
Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads
Mallory Kellogg, Chubbygirlreads rated it
2.0 Review: The Moor's Account (aka A Literary Sleep Aid)
You know what? Forget this. This is so boring I can't put it into words. I could hardly stay awake. I had to reread several pages because I would zone out. The only part I was interested in was Mustafa's past. I gave zero craps for the genocidal Castilians. They got what they deserved, the greedy...
catpdx
catpdx rated it
4.0 The Moor's Account: A Novel
3.5 starsSolid storytelling and a clever premise. A few of the characters fell flat for me, and it ends with something of a whimper, but it's well-paced, and the historical details she weaves into the story are fascinating.
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
3.0 It could have been so much better
Taken from one line of a historical account, Lalia Lalami creates a fictional reconstruction of a slave from Morocco in the form of Mustafa, who has come to the "New World" (present-day Florida, Texas and then Mexico). He has come with a Spanish expedition (the Narváez expedition) to North and Centr...
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