- Tapa dura: 311 páginas
- Editor: SOS Free Stock; Edición: First Printing (1 de julio de 1997)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0553102583
- ISBN-13: 978-0553102581
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
Free Man of Colour (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 jul 1997
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Set in New Orleans in the 1830s, a historical whodunit follows the struggle of Benjamin January, a Creole musician and a free black man, to clear his name when he becomes a suspect in the murder of an octoroon woman. 70,000 first printing. $70,000 ad/promo.
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uary, a Creole physician and piano teacher who has known the glories of Paris as well as of his native New Orleans, is at the Blue Ribbon Ball during Mardi Gras. Near the ball, Angelique Crozat, an octoroon who travels in the city's finest company, is found murdered--and there is no shortage of suspects. This novel transports the reader to the center of the cosmopolitan South in an age when both its glories and the forces which would tear it apart are equally in evidence.
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In terms of the story, the mystery is well developed from the start, with enough information that the "whodunnit" makes sense without it being an easy guess. The clues are all there, beginning with the very first scene, but it's Not an easy guess, and that's all I'll say. The main character has sensible reasons to be involved in the mystery, too - he's not just some random busybody who "has to know the truth." All in all, an excellent read, and I'm looking forward to the next one!
The books also tell tales of mystery and adventure, and each one is different and exciting. The plots are appropriately complex, with much of the action or resolution contingent on society's view of people of color. I've read each book in the series, mostly in order, and am looking forward to the next in the series. Hambly is a master of character and plot, but even moreso, she weaves a luscious tapestry of the people of color and whites in old New Orleans.
However, the best part of Free Man of Color is how the characters take shape with engrossing depth of personality and complex motivations. They are so enjoyable that the mystery becomes almost secondary to the desire to delve further into their lives. The abilities of some characters might first seem unlikely, such as those of the talented free man Benjamin January and the clever, conscientious Kaintuck Lt. Shaw, but consider historical figures that emerged from this period. Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln spring readily to mind.
If you are looking for concise writing and spare plot lines this book is probably not for you. On the other hand, if you want to lose yourself in another world, learn some history and gain insight into the human heart I can't recommend this book enough.