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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.
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 3 days 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 4 days 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by 0torque0
An intriguing story about a much happier alternate history than what really played out. A hair slow in a few places, but not enough to take the magic and mystery from this book one... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maxine
This is far more than a book about Columbus: It's inviting you to consider what the world would look like if America had never happened--if those immense resources had never been... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sequoia
I haven't read all of the reviews, so maybe some one else has mentioned what I write here.
The future in this book has gone some very bad times: war, disease, famine,... Read more