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The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History
The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History (Paperback)
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At the centre of this extraordinary historical narrative are two linked themes: the grinding down of the aborigines during the long rivalries of the quest for El Dorado, the mythical kingdom of gold; and, two hundred years later, the man-made horror of the new slave colony. Naipaul shows how the alchemic delusion of El Dorado drew the small island of Trinidad into the vortex of world events, making it the object of Spanish and English colonial designs and a Mecca for treasure-seekers, slave-traders, and revolutionaries. And through an accumulation of casual, awful detail, he takes us as close as we can get to day-to-day life in the Caribbean slave plantations -- at the time thought to be more brutal than their American equivalents. In this brilliantly researched book, living characters large and small are rescued from the records and set in a larger, guiding narrative -- about the New World, empire, African slavery, revolution -- which is never less than gripping. 'History as literature, meticulously researched and masterfully written' New York Times Book Review 'A formidable achievement...No historian has attempted to weave together in so subtle a manner the threads of the most complex and turbulent period of Caribbean history' Times Literary Supplement 'Brilliant.

..Startling' New Statesman 'A remarkable book...Intelligent, humane, brilliantly written' Book World

History & Politics >> History: specific events & topics >> Colonialism & imperialismHistory & Politics >> Regional & national history >> History of the Americas Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 03/09/2010 ISBN-13: 9780330522847  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Somewhere in the rich if rarely explored space betweenfiction, history, and travel-writing sits Naipaul’s consistently surprising account of Trinidad’s past.

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