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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
I highly recommend this book to any fan of science fiction, history or ethics.
I don't know the story of Columbus well enough, or even the Columbus myth well enough, to know how accurate Card's history was.
Along this entertaining ride we also find slavery, human sacrifice and a post-nuclear society's great moral dilemma.
Really a great read, I have read many of Card's books. I think this was one of the best. Great!Published 13 hours ago by Gary F. Kemp
This was a great vision of redemption. A dystopian novel with an uplifting ending never happens, so this was a nice change.Published 12 days ago by Barbara Anderman
The author skillfully blends time travel, historical speculation and alternate history. The principal characters and their passions for research are well-developed and their... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Gene C. Armistead
This is an ebook dealing with time travel, with a historic personaje.Published 25 days ago by BAARDA
I loved the Ender series, The Alvin Maker series, and to an extent, the Homecoming Series. But this book..... This book made me stop reading Orson Scott Card. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue...only Orson Scott Card's Pastwatch is wholly unlike any other Columbus story you've ever heard. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel Estes
Love this book - it's my favorite Orson Scott Card book and everyone I've lent this to agrees as well. Amazing story, well executed. Affected me.Published 2 months ago by John M. Wargo
There was precious little science in this book of historical fiction, and a little bit too much sanctimony. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Boris Starosta
I have read a lot of Orson Scott Card's books and this remains one of my favorites (behind some of the Ender books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by 0torque0