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The Moor's Account af Laila Lalami
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The Moor's Account (udgave 2015)

af Laila Lalami (Forfatter)

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Brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America--a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. In 1527, the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a crew of six hundred men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernán Cortés. But from the moment the Narváez expedition landed in Florida, it faced peril--navigational errors, disease, starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year there were only four survivors: the expedition's treasurer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; a Spanish nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; a young explorer named Andrés Dorantes de Carranza; and Dorantes's Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori, whom the three Spaniards called Estebanico. These four survivors would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquis-tadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers.… (mere)
Medlem:Leigh0906
Titel:The Moor's Account
Forfattere:Laila Lalami (Forfatter)
Info:Vintage (2015), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Skal læses
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I wish I could give it 3.5 stars, it deserves better than 3, but the truth is that it left me with the feeling that it could had been be better. I am having some trouble verbalizing what I found lacking... but lacking I found it.

I maybe had too high expectations for it, which often back fires on a book, as in life in general. It tells the story of Estabanico, a historical figure of which we know only that he was one of the 4 survivors from the Narvaez Expedition to Florida in the earlies 1600's. We also know that he was a Moroccan and a slave.

Lalami's account of the doomed expedition rings historically true and I believe she researched well enough to give us an accurate as possible narrative of the period. She is most certainly right in assuming that the official - and surviving - account given by Cabeca de Vaca, another one of the survivors, is probably a sanitized version careful not to hurt the Catholic Spaniard court of the time.

Halfway through I realized that, for me, the strength of this book is in the exposure and reflections on slavery. Maybe this is where I had expected more from Lalami and somewhat she failed me. Don't get me wrong, Laila Lalami did a tremendous job in writing this historical fiction, but I wanted a more layered and in-depth questioning over slavery, as after all slavery was the skeleton that held the colonization process of the Americas.

I still right recommend it, and even hope that other readers find me wrong and harsh on my opinion of it. ( )
  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
I liked the book, but I got bogged down a bit as it bore on, so I slowed down a lot in the last third or so of the book and found it easier and easier to prioritize doing other things. I can't put my finger on why, exactly. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Interesting and well researched. I had to get accustomed to the style of writing. Once I did, I quite enjoyed the tone.
I like Mustafa. His life in Azemmur, Morocco is interesting. I also appreciate the unaltered view of just how the Spanish handled the Native Americans/First Nations Peoples. It is horrifying and shameful. The descriptions of the many tribes and Peoples they lived with is both interesting and fascinating. What a wonderful view of the America's post European invasion but pre massive colonization. I loved the vivid descriptions of life and travels. Also the horror of mass enslavement of Native/First Nations Peoples. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
Once you read The Moor's Account you can understand why it was short-listed for a Pulitzer. This historical fiction novel of the Narvaez expedition to La Florida is a compelling read. As I read each chapter, I just wanted to keep reading the next one. It's so wonderfully written. It's not particularly dense with historic facts and at one point I was thinking that it was getting a little repetitive but not really because I wanted to know what happened next.

I actually think I would potentially read this book again. ( )
  kayanelson | Aug 11, 2020 |
Imaginative adventure. A "what if" story of a Moorish slave in New Spain and his quest for freedom and companionship. Beautifully written and fascinating story of the interactions of Spaniards, Native American tribes, and this man from Barbary -- and how greed and pride influence recognition of our own common humanity. Thought-provoking piece of fiction bolstered by extensive research into the Spanish Conquest of America. ( )
  MMKY | Jul 3, 2020 |
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In the name of God, most compassionate, most merciful. Praise be to God, the Lord of the worlds, and prayers and blessings be on our prophet Muhammad and upon all his progeny and companions. This book is the humble work of Mustafa ibn Muhammad ibn Abdussalam al-Zamori, being a true account of his life and travels from the city of Azemmur to the Land of the Indians, where he arrived as a slave and, in his attempt to return to freedom, was shipwrecked and lost for many years.
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I could not understand this habit of naming settlements after Spanish cities even when, as in the case of Guadalajara, that city had received its name from those who had conquered it. In Arabic, the name Guadalajara evoked a valley of stones, a valley my ancestors and settled more than eight hundred years earlier. They had carried the disease of empire to Spain, the Spaniards had brought it to the new continent, and someday the people of the new continent would plant it elsewhere. That was the way of the world. Perhaps it was foolish to wish that it were different.
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Brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America--a Moroccan slave whose testimony was left out of the official record. In 1527, the conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez sailed from the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda with a crew of six hundred men and nearly a hundred horses. His goal was to claim what is now the Gulf Coast of the United States for the Spanish crown and, in the process, become as wealthy and famous as Hernán Cortés. But from the moment the Narváez expedition landed in Florida, it faced peril--navigational errors, disease, starvation, as well as resistance from indigenous tribes. Within a year there were only four survivors: the expedition's treasurer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; a Spanish nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; a young explorer named Andrés Dorantes de Carranza; and Dorantes's Moroccan slave, Mustafa al-Zamori, whom the three Spaniards called Estebanico. These four survivors would go on to make a journey across America that would transform them from proud conquis-tadores to humble servants, from fearful outcasts to faith healers.

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