House of Fossils Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B086688S2M
- Publisher : Calumet Editions (March 19, 2020)
- Publication date : March 19, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1211 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 260 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1950743217
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,050,441 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The description of a room full of friendly presences is a beautiful introduction to fossils of the mind. At least, that, to this reader, seems to be the connection between very different worlds and moods. Just as fossils tell me about a world I can never know, so reminiscences and lectures have revealed history only sketchily learnt at school and from news reports. Haiti has come alive through the clever mix of historic facts and remembered events alternating with dreams and family tales all together resulting in a vivid multi-dimensionality.
There is also the tale of the mysterious Mary Celeste, the ship which was found in perfect sailing order, without any indication of why no sign was ever found of any of the people who had been sailing on her. Is this a simile for our world – or for any individual who has sailed and lost its crew of emotions – or… Whichever of the many possible interpretations one chooses, this book is certainly populated by every emotion the human being is capable of. Every shade and hue of love of life and humanity, even the densest and darkest or what is usually called hatred and despair, the love of country, family and husband, is deftly applied on the huge canvas of the heroine Io’s persona, seemingly not different from her native country Haiti.
This narrative is also a passionate defence of the victims of colonialism, so relevant at this moment. Though I have always been a fervent anti-racist and keenly interested in history and politics, my eyes have been opened to aspects of racism and colonialism I had not been aware of. For this reason alone, I would recommend reading this book. As a bonus it provides the pleasure of an beautifully crafted, multi-facetted work.