"A masterpiece which everybody should read...It deserves to become a classic" -- Auberon Waugh "No lunacy too weird, no irony too oblique, heart too tender, mischief too black, to dodge the sharp angle of his eye. He slips from the hilarious to the macabre, he celebrates the comedy and plumbs the tragedy of Francisco's life - and of Africa - in prose that grabs you with its precision" Observer "Outstanding, finely written" Independent "It is hard to know how posterity will regard this remarkable writer, but his terse, honed language was built to last" -- Colin Thubron Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Bruce Chatwin (1940–1989) was the author of In Patagonia, The Viceroy of Ouidah, On the Black Hill, The Songlines, and Utz. His other books are What Am I Doing Here and Anatomy of Restlessness, posthumous anthologies of shorter works, and Far Journeys, a collection of his photographs that also includes selections from his travel notebooks.
For anyone interested in either West Africa or the origins of the slave trade, this book presents an interesting take on the intricacies that evolved between the Europeans and the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was on my way to Benin for two years with the Peace Corps, so this book had special relevance.Published 11 months ago by Julie C. Wang
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. Read morePublished on May 24, 2010 by Philip Spires
In just 101 pages, Bruce Chatwin (BC) evokes the life and times of Francisco Manoel da Silva (FMdS), a Brazilian slave trader in the African kingdom of Dahomey from 1812 until his... Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by Alfred J. Kwak
I came to Chatwin's The Viceroy of Ouidah by way of Werner Herzog's (very loose) film adaptation of it, "Cobra Verde." Herzog's film doesn't quite work. Read morePublished on July 11, 2008 by Kerry Walters
very hard to get into; it reads like a college literature assignment that you are supposed to decipher (not fun); not recommendedPublished on December 6, 2007 by M. lentz
In this text, "THE VICEROY OF OUIDAH," author Bruce Chatwin takes the reader on an engaging journey into the life of Francisco Manoel da Silva, a man who: Became the "best friend"... Read morePublished on September 3, 2004 by Guerrilla Reader