The Viceroy of Ouidah #2020

The Viceroy of Ouidah By Bruce Chatwin The Viceroy of Ouidah In Francisco Manoel da Silva escaping a life of poverty in Brazil sailed to the African kingdom of Dahomey determined to make his fortune in the slave trade Armed with nothing but an iron wil

  • Title: The Viceroy of Ouidah
  • Author: Bruce Chatwin
  • ISBN: 9780099769613
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Viceroy of Ouidah By Bruce Chatwin In 1812, Francisco Manoel da Silva, escaping a life of poverty in Brazil, sailed to the African kingdom of Dahomey, determined to make his fortune in the slave trade Armed with nothing but an iron will, he became a man of substance in Ouidah and the founder of a remarkable dynasty His one remaining ambition is to return to Brazil in triumph, but his friendship with the mIn 1812, Francisco Manoel da Silva, escaping a life of poverty in Brazil, sailed to the African kingdom of Dahomey, determined to make his fortune in the slave trade Armed with nothing but an iron will, he became a man of substance in Ouidah and the founder of a remarkable dynasty His one remaining ambition is to return to Brazil in triumph, but his friendship with the mad, mercurial king of Dahomey is fraught with danger and threatens his dream.
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    About "Bruce Chatwin"

    1. Bruce Chatwin

      Charles Bruce Chatwin was an English novelist and travel writer He won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel On the Black Hill 1982 In 1972, Chatwin interviewed the 93 year old architect and designer Eileen Gray in her Paris salon, where he noticed a map of the area of South America called Patagonia, which she had painted I ve always wanted to go there, Bruce told her So have I, she replied, go there for me Two years later in November 1974, Chatwin flew out to Lima in Peru, and reached Patagonia a month later When he arrived, he left the newspaper with a telegram Have gone to Patagonia He spent six months in the area, a trip which resulted in the book In Patagonia 1977 This work established his reputation as a travel writer Later, however, residents in the region contradicted the account of events depicted in Chatwin s book It was the first time in his career, but not the last, that conversations and characters which Chatwin presented as fact were alleged to have been fictionalised Later works included a novel based on the slave trade, The Viceroy of Ouidah, which he researched with extended stays in Benin, West Africa For The Songlines 1987 , a work combining fiction and non fiction, Chatwin went to Australia He studied the culture to express how the songs of the Aborigines are a cross between a creation myth, an atlas and an Aboriginal man s personal story He also related the travelling expressed in The Songlines to his own travels and the long nomadic past of humans Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, his novel On the Black Hill 1982 was set closer to home, in the hill farms of the Welsh Borders It focuses on the relationship between twin brothers, Lewis and Benjamin, who grow up isolated from the course of twentieth century history Utz 1988 , was a novel about the obsession that leads people to collect Set in Prague, the novel details the life and death of Kaspar Utz, a man obsessed with his collection of Meissen porcelain Chatwin was working on a number of new ideas for future novels at the time of his death from AIDS in 1989, including a transcontinental epic, provisionally titled Lydia Livingstone.

    120 thoughts on “The Viceroy of Ouidah”

    1. Probably the best novel I ve read so far this year I had never read anything by Chatwin before this and I picked it up with the assumption it was going to just be another novel in the English style How wrong I was Chatwin writes like a bloody and concise version of Marquez, with an incredible ability to evoke landscapes, situations and the oddities of people Imagine a cross between Marquez and Conrad s Heart of Darkness with the addition of several big spoonfuls of voodoo imagery Although only [...]


    2. A grim, but outstanding story on the evils of the slave trade, with a focus on the African coast Chatwin crafts a story that is as psychologically probing as Conrad s Heart of Darkness Kurtz , and as bizarre as Marquez s Autumn of the Patriarch a mad African king, a city of skulls and heads, women warriors with filed teeth The common ground for all three is moral corruption However, I think the horror of Chatwin s vision, as opposed to Conrad s, is there seems to be no recognition of descent by [...]


    3. A short novella absolutely packed to the gills with imagery and characters I recognize elements from Marquez including a definite Hundred Years of Solitude allusion and Conrad and fans of them will find much to love here, but there is distinctive flavor that must be Chatwin s alone There is too much to even hint at in this book, and I guarantee some of the images will inform your dreams and fever visions It makes sense that Herzog would film this.


    4. Bruce Chatwin s The Viceroy Of Ouidah masquerades as a small book In 50,000 words or so, the author presents a fictionalised life that has been embroidered from truth History, hyper reality, the supernatural and the surreal and the cocktail that creates the heady mix through which strands of story filter Overall the experience is much bigger than the slim book suggests.We meet Francisco Manuel da Silva, a Brazilian born in the country s north east in the latter part of the eighteenth century We [...]


    5. Again at the risk of appearing shallow, this novel was read in the hope that it would demystify some of the intriguing details of the Herzog film Cobra Verde It did not Indeed, it turns out that the film is a loose adaptation of the novel, which is in turn a loose adaptation of history This is a pity because the true story of the 19th Century Brazilian slaver Francisco Felix de Sousa is yet another example of truth being far interesting than fiction.In fairness, Chatwin s fictional protagonist, [...]


    6. Ljetos sam na PopArt marketu cijeli dan proveo pr e i se na suncu i prodaju i knjige I ko za inat, na kraju dana naletim na ovu knjigu i toliko mi se svidi da ono malo zara ene si e odmah potro ih na nju Kasnije sam je nekako izgubio pa sam je mjesecima tra io po ku i, a i na mjestima gdje sam bio tog dana A ta me je to privuklo Siro e i siromah Fransisko Manoel izrastao je u jednog od onih sentimentalno okrutnih ljudi kakvima je obilovalo njegovo doba Iz brazilskih zabiti sti i e do obale Dahom [...]


    7. An interesting but dark read It details the life of Francisco da Silva who eventually ends up as a slaver in Ouidah in Africa He is not a likeable man by any means but his life was, in many ways, just as tough as the people he traded The story is told in a disjointed fashion which takes away from it a little I think a chronological telling would have worked better This was a strange book in that there was no characters to like Da Silva is cruel and unlikeable, the local kings are savage and brut [...]


    8. This book was complex, hard to understand and grim It wasn t what I had expected I m sure if I understood the language I would ve had a better understanding However, the parts I did understand were good Francisco had a very diverse and interesting life encountering many strange and appalling characters Some being his own children It is a dense read at only 105 pages I really had to focus I think I will stop here as I just can t and won t do this book justice sorry for the mumbo jumbo review


    9. Brutal, cruel and fantastic book Bruce s skills to express complete tragicomedy of dom Francisco s life as well as the lives of his family and the people with whom he came in contact with short, clear, journalistic sentences is just breathtaking It is a small book in size but layered with information, characters, psychological profiles and all the absurdity, oddity and wretchedness of slave trade, war, culture and life in Africa.


    10. THE VICEROY OF OUIDAH 1980 Bruce ChatwinThis book was almost a travel book, and almost a history Somewhere along the line it got morphed into fiction It is the story of the man who became the kingpin of the slave trade out of Western Africa and became the wealthiest man in Africa as a result The book short as it is managed to inundate me with names and places that I couldn t keep in my head as hard as I tried The part of the book that was drawn from real life managed to amaze me The players at t [...]


    11. Pretty decent novella Originally intended to be a non fiction biography of a famous slave trader The author felt he hadn t managed to get hold of enough facts so changed a couple of names and published it as fiction.A very rich and vivid descriptive style But its still essentially a biography an i m not a big fan of bio s Many books are fun to have read than to be reading this is the opposite Fun to read due to the style but didn t feel like i took away too much from the experience Also quite s [...]


    12. The two best things about this book it s very short, and it s over Depressing and hard to follow Unfortunate because I really enjoyed another book by this author, On the Black Hill I might come back to say about it, but there isn t much to say.


    13. Ik heb dit boek een jaar of 20 geleden als eens gelezen, maar er is niets mis met een goed boek te herlezen Goed geschreven met oog voor detail en een kloppende historische achtergrond van een verschrikkelijk stuk geschiedenis.


    14. 2.5 ncelikle sizi blogumdaki yeni yaz m okumaya davet edeyim e er ki k lelik konusu ilginizi ekiyorsa tabii ki bookowski101 2Kitaba gelecek olursam e er, kitap yk leme tekni i ile yaz lm bir kitap Yani diyalog ok az Tan t mda da belirtildi i zere her sat r ndan renkler, kokular ve sesler f k r yor ger ekten de Yazar k le taciri Felix de Sousa n n hayat ndan ilham alarak yazm bu kitab Roman n kahraman Francisco Manoel da Silva, asl nda Felix de Sousa y yans t yor Felix de Sousa hakk nda detayl bi [...]


    15. Un libro distinto Su escritura es bien particular y la historia otro tanto.Me gusta la manera como da entrada a su historia y como se sincera con el lector para notificar la falta de informaci n dentro de sus investigaciones para dar vida a su historia, que comienza a principios del siglo XIX cuando la venta de esclavos estaba en apogeo.Decidido a hacer fortuna en la venta de esclavos Francisco Da Silva viaja al continente negro, pero el proceso de su fortuna es extra o por lo dispar en formas d [...]


    16. Novela sin argumento claro, sin trama, sin demasiado inter s Bah, muy poco cosa y Chatwin aburriendo a las vacas.


    17. Okay, let s face it as much as I loved Chatwin s travel novels, I never liked his other novels much They are dry, confusing, stiff This one is no exception.


    18. Chatwin set out to write a book on Francisco F lix de Souza, a Brazilian who became a slave trader on the coast of what is now the African country Benin However, he encountered difficulties during his research and therefore decided to write a work of fiction, renaming de Souza to Francisco Manoel da Silva Chatwin liked to play with fiction and reality, so maybe this inconvenience really came to his advantge.I first learned about this book after watching Werner Herzog s Cobra Verde, starring the [...]


    19. As an aspiring travel writer who had yet to publish anything, I turned green with envy on reading Bruce Chatwin s novel In terse, spare prose, he summons up images that seem drawn from photography or haiku rather than from ordinary literature He presents distant times late 18th and early 19th century and places Brazil and Dahomey linking them seamlessly with the steamy, sordid present the paranoid military dictatorship of Benin in the crumbling West African post colonial 1970s Every page is redo [...]


    20. Still super suspicious of what feels like a European s fantasy Africa collaged from carefully collected details Even if Chatwin did his research and all, in the writing of it he dwells on e.g bodies rather than people, on the aesthetics of colonialism and the Atlantic slave trade, and on attitudes that feel like Orientalism.


    21. Surprisingly good, considering the subject, and of particular interest to me since the story flows from Brazil to Dahomey in West Africa The British author, Bruce Chatwin, traveled extensively to see the world and wrote about true stories Best book I ve read yet by Chatwin and I look forward to .


    22. Chatwin foregrounds all the strange, grim exotica in an almost painterly fashion Chatwin evokes an older age of slow time with the sweep of a legend yet done with anthropological detail It s a stirring account of a warped, fascinating age with dire human consequences.



    23. Gorgeous, lush, sultry, steamy, ribald, unexpurgated, frank, salty Bold Ferocious God damn, I wish there were books like this today Instead of the chickensh t, sanctimonious, cowardly, feeble milksop scribblings we have to endure in the PC era Yep There s really no contemporary book I m aware of other than this gem which embraces all the awesomeness and vileness of being human Celebrates it As one ought to To hell with people s prurient sensibilities, to hell with the easily offended, to hell w [...]


    24. Bruce Chatwin avrebbe apprezzato queste parole di Elias Canetti Quando si viaggia si prende tutto come viene, lo sdegno rimane a casa Si osserva, si ascolta, ci si entusiasma per le cose pi atroci solo perch sono nuove I buoni viaggiatori sono gente senza cuore In questo caso anche se parliamo di un romanzo e non di un resoconto di viaggio, lo sguardo e soprattutto il timbro sono proprio quelli del viaggiatore la morbosit a cui alludeva Canetti, il gusto per l aneddoto, e soprattutto l abilit ne [...]


    25. Weinig diepgang, veel stereotypen Chatwin had overduidelijk Garcia Marquez gelezen, maar waar die laatste vanuit zijn eigen leefwereld schreef komt het verhaal van Chatwin als bedacht en bijeengeraapt over.


    26. Bruce Chatwin wrote of places and this book was about Dahomey, the country now known as Benin As I read it, I forget that Mr chatwin is not a native of the place he writes about He manages to adopt the rhythm off Dahomey and of Brazil, which also figures prominently in this book Like a Gabriel Garcia Marquez book, the generations blur lines from one to the other making this hard to follow at times But really interesting to read.


    27. My next book Got the title from writing trivia questions from Halliwell s movie book My edition is hardcover with a different picture On my cover the guy is unshaven My edition also has 155 pagesI m well past midway in this short novel So far its been reasonably engrossing, a story hyped up by the author s ultra modern treatment This is actually historical fiction and tells the a story that might be missed among all the big stuff That s a good thing I love the bit about all those devout Portugue [...]


    28. Narra la historia de un traficante de esclavos, brasile o y blanco, que se instala en el puerto de Ouidah, desde donde despacha la mercanc a que le facilita el rey de Dahomey El protagonista, basado en un personaje real, nace en medio de la miseria en el sertao brasile o y, dando tumbos y sobreviviendo de milagro, llega a Bah a Entabla relaciones con una familia poderosa que le propone hacerse cargo del tr fico de esclavos en Ouidah, en la costa del golfo de Guinea All padece los caprichos del r [...]


    29. Dazzling novel about a Brazilian slave trader who settles in the Kingdom of Dahomey in West Africa where he spawns an enormous family of mulatto Da Silvas Lots of brutality, of course, and Francisco da Silva is by no means a nice man, but you do end up feeling some sympathy for him in the final part of the book where everything falls apart for him But there is to this short novel than just the story of Francisco da Silva The first part is a brief, but sadly precise account of life in 1970s revo [...]


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