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The Salt Roads Read & download ß 0 ¿ Nebula Award Finalist This “sexy disturbing touching wildly comic   tour de force” blends fantasy folklore and the history of women and slavery Kirkus Reviews starred review   In 1804 shortly before the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue is renamed Haiti a group of women gather to bury a stillborn baby Of uprising in her mind Jeanne slowly succumbs to the ravages of age and syphilis when her lover is unable to escape his mother’s control And Meritet inspired by Ezili flees her enslavement and makes a pilgrimage to Egypt where she becomes known as Saint Mary   With unapologetically sensual prose Nalo Hopkinson the Nebula Award–winning author of Midnight Robber explores slavery through the lives of three historical women touched by a goddess in this “electrifying bravura performance by one of our most important writers” Junot Díaz  . An extraordinarily powerful and strange book This is a brutal read about the suffering inflicted on black people slavery in the sugar cane plantations of which the detail is almost unbearable; racism in 19th century Paris and about the particular pain felt by black women The three main characters here in three separate tales from different times are a slave a prostitute and a slave prostitute Considering which it is an astonishingly hopeful read Not because Hopinson gives us happy endings but because she shows us the eternal resistance the ability to find small joys and love even in the worst times the hope It is a hard read at points Mer on the plantation cries out in agony not just about the physical suffering but about the emotional scars of the injustice her people suffer and those psychological wounds are brilliantly conveyed in her and the Frenchwoman's story Thais the Egyptian girl gives us a different approach of someone who's cut herself off emotionally and accepted her situation which makes her story less immediately compelling and then we see her forced to confront her womanhood and the breakdown that results But all these women are resilient and all of them fight with everything they have and the end impression is a cry of anger but not hopelessness The fantasy element is most prevalent in the loa of the Caribbean section and in the unifying ghost consciousness that travels between the women It didn't uite feel entirely integrated to the stories somehow possibly because it works so differently in the French section Also this book is very ueer Lots of lesbian sex bi rep nonstandard heterosex Again voices given to the ignored and belittled and persecuted A fascinating read if a hard one at points

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Nebula Award Finalist This “sexy disturbing touching wildly comic   tour de force” blends fantasy folklore and the history of women and slavery Kirkus Reviews starred review   In 1804 shortly before the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue is renamed Haiti a group of women gather to bury a stillborn baby Led by a lesbian healer and midwife named Mer the women’s lamentations inadvertently release the dead infant’s “unused vitality” to draw Ezili the Afro Caribbean goddess of sexual desire and love into the physical world   As Ezil. Undoubtedly a tour de force of magical realismHere Hopkinson does not merely aim to tell a story She aims to create a collage illuminating the experiences of black women throughout history The first and perhaps the primary character introduced is Mer a slave in Haiti shortly before the revolution She faces hard decisions when faced with choices about whether to seek her own freedom or to stay and try to help the other slaves she's the closest thing to a doctor they have Love and loyalty are complex things to negotiate for her and her actions are not always appreciated or understood by those around herThe narrative also closely focuses on an actual historical character Jeanne Duval known as the mistress of Charles Baudelaire As a mixed race woman in 19th century Paris in a relationship with a wealthy white man she also has a minefield to negotiate through life The third and strangely much smaller story here is that of Thais an Ethiopian prostitute in Egypt In search of a better life and adventure she and her best friend embark on a journey to Greece Her fate is to be remembered by history as Saint Mary of EgyptThere are many parallels between the lives of these three women even separated as they are by time geography and circumstance Each is caught on a low rung of the social hierarchy due to circumstances beyond her control Each ends up in a land far from that of her birth And each must make choices about who to love and who to cleave to Tying together these three disparate stories is the 'magical' aspect of the novel the African goddess Lasirén or Ezili a goddess of water and love a rival to the spirit of war The spirit observes possesses influences the turn of eventsI've read a few things by Hopkinson and I would say this is her most notable work Many thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Media for the opportunity to read the new ebook edition of this book As always my opinions are my own

Review The Salt Roads

The Salt RoadsI explores her newfound powers she travels across time and space to inhabit the midwife’s body as well as those of Jeanne a mixed race dancer and the mistress of Charles Baudelaire living in 1880s Paris and Meritet an enslaved Greek Nubian prostitute in ancient Alexandria   Bound together by Ezili and “the salt road” of their sweat blood and tears the three women struggle against a hostile world unaware of the goddess’s presence in their lives Despite her magic Mer suffers as a slave on a sugar plantation until Ezili plants the seeds. Originally received to review but I’ve picked it up legitimately since because wow it’s been a while I’ve been meaning to read Nalo Hopkinson’s work for a while — I know I got partway through The Midnight Robber at one point and I’m not sure why I stopped; it wasn’t lack of interest — and from other reviews this sounded great In many ways I’m not entirely sure how to judge this it’s about black people about a mythology that links between time and space and it’s full of pain and degradation visited on those people by white people It’s visceral with sinuous and earthy language; sensual and sexual and rooted in black bodies black experiencesIt wasn’t uite my taste in fiction still and I’m wary of judging it because of that Because it’s not my usual kind of story But I think I got at least some of the richness of the novel the intertwined lives the physicality of the women I could connect to the ueerness of several of the characters although the sexuality is not something I can easily connect with I could connect to the relationships between people — Mer’s concern for Tipingee and Marie Claire the awkwardness and respect between her and Patrice The issues with Mackandal the fact that Mer opposes him but still wants to keep him safe as one of her people doesn’t want him to suffer For me she was the most real character; there wasn’t enough of Thais and Jeanne Duval’s tempestuous relationship with Baudelaire while vivid didn’t appeal to me in the same wayI’m not a huge fan of shifting POVs and especially when they’re uite disparate; I didn’t find it too bad here but sometimes it would take me a while to find my footing again when there’s a switch Sometimes it worked just right though for the shifts the confusion of the spirit riding those womenOriginally posted here