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MANDINGO Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1986
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About the Author
Author Kyle Onstott was born January 12, 1887 in Du Quoin, Illinois. He was an American novelist, known for his best-selling novel Mandingo (1957), which deals with slavery on an Alabama plantation with the fictional name of Falconhurst in the 1830s. Onstott was originally a dog breeder and judge in regional dog shows, living in California with his widowed mother in the early 1900s. Having collaborated with his adopted son on a book about dog breeding, he decided to write a book that would make him rich. Utilizing his son's anthropology research on West Africa, he hand wrote Mandingo and his son served as editor. Denlinger's was a small Virginia publisher and released it. It became a national sensation. A sequel and a series of other novels followed, mostly written with Lance Horner. Kyle Onstott died on June 3, 1966 in San Francisco, California, USA. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's really not that well written at all
Violent sex, perversion abound, it is basically a sexually pornographic paperback and nothing more. Save your money, it is NOT worth adding to any sort of "collection", unless you collect garbage for a living.
So why give it even two stars? I guess because it is probably fairly accurate, as far as I can tell, about the worst-case situations of American slavery. I base this on reading some slave narratives. "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," by Harriet Jacobs, and "12 Years a Slave," by Solomon Northup, are first-hand slave accounts that depict situations pretty close to those in "Mandingo." But these first-hand accounts are free of titillation and of the tiresomely vicious language of "Mandingo."
If you want a pot-boiler (heh, as another reviewer noted), "Mandingo" is the book for you. If you want to know what life was like for enslaved Americans, without wading nose-deep in blood and sewage, I suggest reading what the slaves wrote themselves.