The Moor's Account

A Novel

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Publisher Description

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • The imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America—this "stunning [book] sheds light on all of the possible the New World exploration stories that didn’t make history” (Huffington Post).

In these pages, Laila Lalami brings us the invented memoirs Mustafa al-Zamori, called Estebanico. The slave of a Spanish conquistador, Estebanico sails for the Americas with his master, Dorantes, as part of a danger-laden expedition to Florida. Within a year, Estebanico is one of only four crew members to survive.

As he journeys across America with his Spanish companions, the Old World roles of slave and master fall away, and Estebanico remakes himself as an equal, a healer, and a remarkable storyteller. His tale illuminates the ways in which our narratives can transmigrate into history—and how storytelling can offer a chance at redemption and survival.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2014
September 9
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
8.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Garden931 ,

A Good Read

I enjoyed the book; it sort of fleshed out my impressions of the conquest of the New World, having read Guns, Germs, and Steel some years ago. It moved at a decent pace, kept me engrossed, but the ending left me scratching my head. It was as if the author simply ran out of time and lost interest in logically closing it off. Simply put, there was no explanation for the existence of the story's manuscript even though several times the author used phraseology hinting that the story was actually committed to a written form.

So, all that said, I enjoyed and would recommend it.

SDWill ,

Buried Treasure

I prefer when a novel grabs me immediately and won’t let go, but such was not the case with The Moor’s Account. Whether due structural idiosyncrasies or simply not connecting with her characters, the truth is I found the novel uniquely challenging. However, now that I have completed it, I can honestly say that it was more than worth the effort. Much like I found Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a struggle is required to reach the buried treasure. This novel will remain on my all-time-great list indefinitely!

jscann ,

Not Awful

This is a pretty good adventure story though the narrator holds attitudes that are completely anachronistic and the nonsense in the last third about the power of storytelling is pretty forced.

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