ALL SOULS' RISING. Hardcover – 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
The best Historical Fiction takes great events with which we are familiar but brings an added human dimension to them, first by fleshing out the basic situations via fictional narrative techniques (dialogue, characters thoughts, etc.), but second, by taking the historical context and peopling it with living characters. There is a great difference between the Claudius of a Roman History book and the Claudius of Robert Graves' novels. Graves' achievement is that he breathes life into Claudius and makes him a virtual contemporary of ours, which adds immediacy to the historic circumstances and gives us a vested interest in what occurs. History essentially is transformed into the present.
In All Soul's Rising, on the other hand, Bell plops the reader down in the midst of the incredibly violent Haitian revolt at the turn of the 19th Century and through the use of shifting perspectives, allows the reader access to the experiences of those caught up in it, but he provides no context for what is occurring.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Since our last Governor General was born there I had much interest in the country and its history. These books gave me some of the information I wanted. Read morePublished on July 19 2013 by Marlene R. Jones
This story of the Haitian revolution is violent and disturbing, but its violence is handled with care and placed in the context of each character's psychology and motivations. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2001
I found this an extremely difficult read: I was 16, knew nothing about Haiti's history, and spoke no French. Read morePublished on April 1 2001 by Amelia Sunderland
I suppose I can understand how others could have enjoyed this book - its subject matter is interesting, and it is descriptive and evocative. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2000
Toccante, il libro mi ha coinvolto sin dall'inizio e a distanza di un anno ancora penso a quegli accadimenti. Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2000 by manuel mondellini
Most extraordinary, perhaps unique, is the way this book gets way inside the minds of 18th-century slaves faithful to Vaudou. Read morePublished on July 19 2000 by Earl Kulp
how race relations realy were during slavery then this is your book. Bell takes us deep into the souls of cruel slave owners and rebellious slaves. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 1999
If you like the tease of adultery and fornication, mutiliation from excessive torture in every third chapter then this is the book for you. Read morePublished on April 29 1999
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I have been told by several friends that it was difficult to read, and thinking back I suppose it was, but don't let that keep you from checking... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 1999