All Souls' Rising

All Souls' Rising

Book - 1995
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One of the most prolific and gifted writers at work today presents an epic novel of astonishing depth and range about the black uprising in Haiti 200 years ago. A remarkable retelling of an episode of racial hatred at its most visceral and most unimaginably destructive, All Souls' Rising is Bell's most ambitious, most deeply satisfying novel to date.

Baker & Taylor
Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous Haiti, a group of Black slaves plans a rebellion while their aristocratic French plantation owners prepare to crush them, and the self-educated Toussaint emerges from the fray

Blackwell North Amer
Haiti in the late eighteenth century: a French colonial society founded on the backs of its black slaves; a morass of shifting political and personal loyalties, of hatred and cruelty meted out to match the increments of lightness and darkness in the color of skin; a world already haunted by its recent genocidal history and facing a new war of extermination in its dangerously near future.
This is the setting for Madison Smartt Bell's All Souls' Rising - an explosive, epic historical novel of astonishing depth and range. Leaving the dark, contemporary world he has so brilliantly made his own in nine previous, highly acclaimed novels and short story collections, Bell now turns to the past and brings viscerally to life the slave rebellion of the 1790s that would bring an end to the brutal white rule in Haiti.
At the epicenter of the rebellion is a second-generation African slave known as Toussaint-Louverture. Self-educated, favored and trusted by his master, quietly charismatic, bold in thought and subtle in action, Toussaint is determined to resist the excesses of the mob and still put an end to French dominion. Toussaint's story is the searing focal point of the larger drama of an almost inconceivably avaricious inhumanity and the deadly conflagration that was its outcome, the consequences of which have reached even into our own time.

Baker
& Taylor

Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous Haiti, a group of black slaves plans a rebellion while their aristocratic French plantation owners prepare to crush them, and the self-educated Toussaint emerges from the fray. 40,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York Pantheon Books 1995
ISBN: 9780679439899
0679439897
Characteristics: 530p

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lukasevansherman
Apr 11, 2015

I've been reading about Haiti and I was really excited about this historical novel, which features Toussaint Louverture, who lead a slave rebellion. However, it didn't really come to life for me and was a rather slow, sloggy read. Not bad, just disappointing.

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caribouman
Jan 01, 2014

Written in the "Obstructionist Academic" style, so I chose not to finish. I did some research on the book, and it is apparently exhaustively researched, and the writer an expert on the subject. Sadly, I was unable to sink my teeth into it. Good luck!

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kjanowski
Dec 27, 2010

depicts the extremely complicated politics, violence and racial conflict in Haiti in the second half of the 18th century. Set in this French colony around the time of the French revolution. Historical fiction, featuring rebel leader Toussaint. includes historical timeline.

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