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The Black Sun Mass Market Paperback – 1966

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett Gold Medal Books M1724; First Thus edition (1966)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000HUHXTY
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,865,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "masonx" on October 4, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Long before Papa Doc Duvalier and the 'tonton macoute' there was Henry Christophe.This man with his own wits became the first and last black annointed king of Haiti.His all too brief but brilliant reign showed the entire world that an african monarch though born a slave could still rule wisely and competently with all the constitutional law at his disposal.
The Black Sun is a fictional account of the life and times of King Henry Christophe and the events leading up to his coronation.The story revolves around Henry's friendship with Armes Holbrooke a young plantation owner recently arrived from Boston to take over part of his inheritance.The french speaking Haitian society is split into three distinct groups.The white miniority who hold power and most of the wealth.The mulattoes or coloureds who have gained automatic freedom by being scioned by white fathers.And the black majority, a palpable force with no power but lots of resentment.It is this simmering resentment that greets Armes when he arrives in Port-au-Prince.Soon he strikes up a friendship with the personable Henry and the two become fast friends.Henry proves himself invaluable with his knowledge and knowhow.Soon after there is a slave revolt and Henry is singled out as one of the ringleaders.From then on the story enters into the slave majority's violent but passionate resistance to french rule as Henry's star rises higher and faster.And of course Armes is always there in the background to offer advice and assistance when called upon.Enough said.
I liked this story mainly because of its historical interest even though some licence has been taken in that respect.There is also an interesting detour into the mysteries of voodoo and its powerful spiritual hold on the people,even today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rathko on August 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
My first foray into the dark and terrifying world of slave exploitation pulp fiction and what a surprisingly entertaining read. Like all exploitation, it wallows in the very bigotry it claims to denounce and so includes countless references to big bull n--s, mullato whores, and halfcaste darkies, while perpetuating every racial stereotype ever conceived. And yet once the reader overcomes the initial shock, the story is actually pretty good. Set in the 1790s, a rugged womanizer inherits a plantation in St. Domingue/Haiti and finds himself playing a major roll in the island's revolutionary war of freedom and independence. Featuring several real life individuals (Henry Christophe and Toussaint Louverture among them), the book is actually quite well written and for all its sensational use of racism, sex, and torture, is highly entertaining while offering some pretty sound factual information regarding the war.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo-Ann Harper on July 22, 2012
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I read this book years ago, not long after it was published. I really enjoyed the atmosphere created by the writers of the struggling nation of Haiti. Like all fiction, it is based on facts and I learned quite a bit about the main players in the Haitian revolution. Having just finished reading William Deitrich's "The Emerald Storm" it brought "The Black Sun" to mind, so I ordered it to read again.
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By Myrtle A. on May 26, 2015
Format: Paperback
I did not order this or get it.
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