- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Tor (February 15, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812508645
- ISBN-13: 978-0812508642
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 229 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Anyone who's read Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong knows about the devastating consequences that Columbus's voyage and ensuing colonization had on the native people of the Americas and Africa. In a thought-provoking work that is part science fiction, part historical drama, Orson Scott Card writes about scientists in a fearful future who study that tragic past, then attempt to actually intervene and change it into something better.
Tagiri and Hassan are members of Pastwatch, an academic organization that uses machines to see into the past and record it. Their project focuses on slavery and its dreadful effects, and gradually evolves into a study of Christopher Columbus. They eventually marry and their daughter Diko joins them in their quest to discover what drove Columbus west.
Columbus, with whom readers become acquainted through both images in the Pastwatch machines and personal narrative, is portrayed as a religious man with both strengths and weaknesses, a charismatic leader who sometimes rose above but often fell beneath the mores of his times. As usual, Orson Scott Card uses his formidable writing skills to create likable, complex characters who face gripping problems; he also provides an entertaining and thoughtful history lesson in Pastwatch. --Bonnie Bouman
“Card makes a strong case for being the best writer science fiction has to offer.” ―The Houston Post
“A bold and compassionate alternative history filled with believable historical and fictional characters. The author of Ender's Game and the Alvin Maker series clearly demonstrates his brilliance as a weaver of possibilities.” ―Library Journal
“Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus is the best book Orson Scott Card has written since 1985, when his Ender's Game won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.” ―Philadelphia Inquirer
“Readable and engaging, full of likable heroes and unmistakable villains....Pastwatch raises many significant and vital questions about humanity's social development, that mixture of flaws and promise.” ―Locus
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As Rodriguez's music did for Afrikaaners in apartheid South Africa, it suggests "there's another way to think about this" where "this" can be anything that seems immutable and wrong. In the end, this book left me with the message, "everyone should be trying to find a way to make the world a better place to live in."
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A bit verbose. About fifty percent of the details could have been omitted.
Too many characters: 112.Read more
Tagiri shuddered. "No," she said. "Who is to say that we could ever travel physically into the past in such a way that...Read more