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Hottentot Venus: A Novel Paperback – November 9, 2004
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Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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Saartjie's experience in England lands her in a famous legal case in which abolitionists took her "partners" to court insisting that Saartjie was enslaved and working against her will. She, being an illiterate person, testified that she had signed a written contract with her "partners" and was being fairly compensated; however considering she died in poverty, the contract (if it truly existed) is highly questionable.
Immediately upon death at age 27 from complications caused by alcoholism, syphilis, and tuberculosis, Saartjie's body was sold and dissected to prove the theory that she was indeed the missing link and not human. Her remains (death caste, full skeleton, and prized "apron") were callously displayed and stored in a Paris museum for nearly 200 years and were only recently returned to her native South Africa for burial in 2002.
Chase-Riboud's in depth research and careful reconstruction of Saartjie's world is superb! The novel is lengthy, detailed and descriptive.Read more ›
The truth is that all women of all ethnicities from Europeaner's to African's to ... to varying degrees can be genetically disposed to such attributes such as steatopygia to elongated minora, it was just far more common among the Khoisan. But, I just wanted to point out this wasn't due to mutilation or tribal ritual. Also, whether Baartman left of her own accord or not, is open to debate, I doubt to many people would willingly enslave themselves and certainly not to the extent that Saaratji endured, this was after all still the years of atlantic slave trade.Read more ›
Barbara Chase-Riboud brings to life the heartwrenching tale of Sarah Baartman by combining factual, historical data with gripping story telling. In HOTTENTOT VENUS, Chase-Riboud steps back in time to the ninteenth-century and recreates a world steeped in sexism, and the ideal of European superiority. Told in the voice of several of the main characters against the backdrop of slums, courtrooms and medical facilities the reader is emmersed in the thoughts and attitudes of the day. There are shockingly vivid scences describing what Sarah endures that will leave readers angry and sadden. However, the ending will give a since of long overdue justice for Sarah. A truly haunting read, one that will stay with you long after the book is read. I recommend the novel to all.
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I thought it was sad that even the doctors and so called scientific people could not understand that she was human.Published 3 months ago by Fredrica
A heartbreaking story but a reality we must face of the history of our nation. Things have definitely progressed but stil much more has to improve. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J W
While the story of Sarah Baartman is both interesting and dehumanizing, this book will not help you truly understand her plight in a historical perspective. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kristen
It was a good read, my only issue is that I do not know how much of it is fact and how much is fiction.Published on August 20, 2014 by Kristie L. Hayes
This was a very powerful book about colonialism and racism. If you get the opportunity it was made into a movie called Black Venus.Published on January 5, 2014 by Patti from Brooklyn
This was one of the saddest books I have ever read. Although I believe this was a fictionalized account, I doubt that the truth was far from the fiction. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by bg
The hurt and the degradation this poor woman went trough to be loved and accepted is no less than woman go through now. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Judith A. Jenkins
Havent gotten through the book yet but the reviews make it sound like a worthy read. More on this later.Published on January 20, 2013 by Kiandra T Parks
This book is a heartbreaking relevation of prejudice, abuse, sexual repression and ethnic cleansing. It is a must-read for all adults.Published on December 18, 2012 by Sandy Reeve