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Tagiri and Hassan are members of Pastwatch, an academic organization that uses machines to see into the past and record it. Their project focuses on slavery and its dreadful effects, and gradually evolves into a study of Christopher Columbus. They eventually marry and their daughter Diko joins them in their quest to discover what drove Columbus west.
Columbus, with whom readers become acquainted through both images in the Pastwatch machines and personal narrative, is portrayed as a religious man with both strengths and weaknesses, a charismatic leader who sometimes rose above but often fell beneath the mores of his times. As usual, Orson Scott Card uses his formidable writing skills to create likable, complex characters who face gripping problems; he also provides an entertaining and thoughtful history lesson in Pastwatch. --Bonnie Bouman
It's Scott Card ... need I say anything else? Great read. Would LOVE a sequel that includes the "new" universe.Published 11 days ago by Jpherb
So, so good, One of my favorite books of all time, and easily the best thing I've ever read by OSC. Thoroughly researched, brilliantly crafted, thought-provoking and inspiring.Published 2 months ago by Whit Gurley
Not his best but an interesting story of what shaped our own history and what could have been for better and worse.Published 3 months ago by cr
Fantastically interesting, intricate page turner that will excite you, make you think critically, ignite your creativity, and warm your heart.Published 3 months ago by Laura Barron
Worthwhile read. I was completely immersed in his characters and ideas. Card is at his best wrestling with complex ethical, moral, and existential questions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by dumn