The Salt Roads contains strong elements of fantasy--a shapeshifter plays a prominent role in one of the storylines, and there are elements of magic throughout--but this is really a book about history and the inherited narratives of the past. Hopkinson's characters provide new perspectives on a wide range of these narratives, from biblical stories to the mythology surrounding Baudelaire and his poetry. As the three women struggle to escape lives of subjugation and humiliation, The Salt Roads undermines any notion of identity politics, its characters shifting and sliding through the boundaries of race, gender, sex, and social class, and in the process revealing the underlying instability of much of the foundations of Western culture. The Salt Roads is a multi-layered and poignant journey through our past, one that moves through suffering, loss, and longing but never loses hope. Hopkinson may offer a vision of torment and injustice, but she also presents a dream of liberty from the chains of history itself. --Peter Darbyshire --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This "Salt Roads" of this historical/magical realist novel are the trails of sweat, tears, and blood that course through women's lives. Read morePublished on May 3 2004
Complicated, sexy, rewarding. This is a book that stays with you long after you've finished it. This book is so rich! Read morePublished on May 2 2004
I tried very hard to "get into" this book... but I could no longer force myself after about 150 pages. Read morePublished on March 15 2004 by Inga Magi
I love this author! If you want to read something fresh and new, you must read her. Also, try her first two books: "Brown Girl in the Ring" and "Midnight... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004
THE SALT ROADS is an engrossing tale of three women who step off of the pages and sit with you as you revel in their triumphs and tremble at their tribulations. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2003 by The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Nalo Hopkinson's The Salt Roads centers on the spirit, Ezili's (a goddess of love and seduction) emergence in three women throughout time. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003 by Pretty Brown Girl
This lyrical, yet sexy novel might well be the breakout book for Nalo Hopkinson. Published almost at the same time as the highly anticipated new novel by Toni Morrison, Hopkinson... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003