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Echo of Lions by Barbara Chase-Riboud
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Echo of Lions (1989)

by Barbara Chase-Riboud

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Dieses Buch ist dem Andenken der elf Millionen Menschen gewidmet, die zwischen 1444 und 1870 im Triangular Trade verschleppt wurden.
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Sengbe-Pieh glitt leise von dem Ehebett aus dunklem Holz, das er aus einem einzigen Baumstamm geschnitzt hatte und dessen Einschnitte und Kerben, Arabesken und geometrischen Formen, poliert und geölt, im Halbdunkel schimmerten.
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Chase-Riboud's third historical (Sally Hemings, 1980; Valide, 1986): a preachy, lackluster retelling of the story of Joseph Cinque, the black slave who led the only successful slave rebellion in the US. (The pub date marks the 150th anniversary of that uprising.) Cinque was born Sengbe Pieh in Mandeland, on Africa's west coast. In 1839, a the age of 24, a devout Muslim and devoted family man, he ...
More was kidnapped along with other blacks by slavers working for Don Pedro Blanco (known as ""the Rothschild of Slavery""). Placed in chains on board a slave ship where smallpox raged, Cinque survived to arrive in Cuba--only to be transferred to another slaver (ironically named the Amistad, Spanish for ""friendship"") for the voyage to America. However, Cinque led a successful on-board mutiny and then attempted to sail home to Africa. He became lost, ran aground on Long Island, and was taken into custody along with the other ringleaders of the revolt. But, in a truly incredible turn of events, Cinque and his men were befriended by ex-President John Quincy Adams, who took their case before the Supreme Court--and won an acquittal. A fascinating story that deserves to be told--but, here, rendered nearly lifeless by Chase-Riboud's plodding, worshipful treatment of her material, her textbook pacing, and her penchant for bicentennial, pageant speechmaking: ""We are orphans, standing on the blank page of America, waiting to be acknowledged.
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