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Tagiri and Hassan are members of Pastwatch, an academic organization that uses machines to see into the past and record it. Their project focuses on slavery and its dreadful effects, and gradually evolves into a study of Christopher Columbus. They eventually marry and their daughter Diko joins them in their quest to discover what drove Columbus west.
Columbus, with whom readers become acquainted through both images in the Pastwatch machines and personal narrative, is portrayed as a religious man with both strengths and weaknesses, a charismatic leader who sometimes rose above but often fell beneath the mores of his times. As usual, Orson Scott Card uses his formidable writing skills to create likable, complex characters who face gripping problems; he also provides an entertaining and thoughtful history lesson in Pastwatch. --Bonnie Bouman --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Big disappointment, so boring I couldn't finish it. I usually enjoy this author's books, but this one was so boring I couldn't even finish it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Emerald
Card shows brilliance and great insight in a futuristic tale that has a group of researchers studying history by having a viewer into the literal events of the past. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Michael A. Newman
Futuristic setting: check, Highly Intelligent Protagonist: Check, Religious Undertones: Check, Historical References: Check, sounds like "Pastwatch: The Redemption of... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by Jakub Blaykowski
I haven't been able to stop thinking about this book since I finished it late last night. I don't know the story of Columbus well enough, or even the Columbus myth well enough, to... Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003 by Jedidiah Carosaari
Card is famous for weaving fascinating metaphysical and philosophical questions into page-turning narratives. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2003 by D. Cloyce Smith
Lots of contemporary writers can regard themselves as successful writers of fiction. Few can regard themselves as writers of truly *intelligent* fiction. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003 by Godly Gadfly
In this very insightful novel, Orson Scott Card takes the old "don't-alter-the-future" theme of standard time travel stories to a stunning new humanistic level. Read morePublished on July 26 2003 by doomsdayer520
If you could change any moment in history, would you do it even if it meant a one way trip to the past? This is the premis for Pastwatch. Read morePublished on June 27 2003 by papaphilly