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- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publication Date: December 15, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B019EW99BA
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Dancing with Cannibals is a fictional story of two pardoned criminals sent to the Belgian Congo in the early 20th Century, Unfortunately, this story doesn't have a sense of place and time, other than, perhaps, 21st Century USA. This lack of place and time includes usage of contemporary, American-styled language, a lack of understanding of French or Belgian mannerisms, incongruous names, and historical inaccuracies like a reference to antibiotics, which would not be invented for many decades. The two male protagonists are surprisingly one-dimensional and are not what would be expected of, say, an alcoholic murderer. There is a brief description of the town of Bona, but much of the setting of this story is left blank. The prison, the ship, which would have been fascinating for two, young, ex-prisoners, the cannibal village except in vague and again inaccurate terms, African villages typically being home for a few hundred rather than for thousands, the plantation, inland colonial settlements, and more. So much could have been painted in this story, but was merely mentioned in passing. On the other hand, there is too much telling, often in lengthy blocks of dialogue, and not enough showing.
The story does include the brutality of rubber plantations and this could have been dramatic, even gut-wrenching, but was skimmed relatively superficially. I have read African fiction only once before and that book was brief and somewhat cursory, and also had much telling and not so much showing, so perhaps this is the African story-telling tradition. I have given Dancing with Cannibals two stars because, with patience, the plot does take the reader on a journey, but if could have been a fascinating journey rather than a ponderous one.
The other plot - that of Simon and eventually Agatha - might be better skimmed over. That's what the authors themselves seemed to do. Though this side plot is designed to coincide with Jean's story, it often dives into illogic. Even when danger lurks with these two, the plot bogs down into a tale told so objectively that it has a tendency to read like a bland newspaper article. When I should have feared for their lives, I found myself simply not caring.
Jean's story on the other hand allows one to see the conditions in the Congo and how life for the natives deteriorated in order to satisfy Belgium's greed. It's an intriguing look into a different time. I just wish the authors would have taken the time to develop all the characters, not just a couple of them.
I recommend this book for anyone who's interested in a different time period, other cultures, or unconventional love stories. It flows, is easy to read, and makes you look forward to each page.
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