All Souls' Rising: A Novel of Haiti


All Souls' Rising: A Novel of Haiti Fiction
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When Haitian slaveholders attempt to stage a mock slave rebellion to quell abolitionist sentiment, their supposed puppet Toussaint Louverture becomes a hero and turns an unruly mob into an organized revolt. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

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As has been the case throughout much of its history, Haiti in the 1790s was racked by violence?the result of an intricate and sometimes brutal system of racial and social classification exacerbated by the upheavals of the French Revolution. Thus, Haiti provides an ideal setting for Bell (Save Me Joe Louis, LJ 5/1/93) to explore his interest in the motivations that all too often propel us to give vent to our baser instincts. The story centers on the bloody beginnings of the rebellion from which Toussaint L'Ouverture, a seemingly docile slave, eventually emerged as the self-proclaimed governor general of the island. Bell has crafted a somewhat complex and violent tale?it opens with a woman being crucified for killing her baby so he would not have to live the life of a slave. Not for the faint-hearted, this work offers a fascinating glimpse into a little-known episode of hemispheric history. One can be glad for the chronology and the glossary Bell includes. Most appropriate for public libraries and academic libraries where Bell's work is popular. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/95.]?David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla. Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information.

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