4 weeks ago
I loved reading this book. It was a pleasure from the very beginning till the end.
The story is narrated by Mustafa, a Moroccan slave who has been taken by his Spanish master, Andrés de Dorantes, on an expedition to the New World. Enroute they face resistance by indigenous tribes, suffer from disease and starvation, get lost, quarrel with one another, and at one time settle with the tribals as their healers.
Years later, they are found by the Spanish, and brought to Mexico City, where they are asked to give testimony about their journey—all except the slave, who tells his own story in the novel.
I specially loved Mustafa's introspections. Since he is a slave, his observations are so profound--he appreciates little acts of mercy, allows himself the comfort of retrospecting his old life as a free man, actively compares the differential treatment given to animals who are always better rested than him, calls to God often, and just brings out so much pity and sympathy for his life as a slave, that a reader is instantly invested.
The Moor’s Account is more than a good story, it’s a great one: rich, vivid and gripping
Read it if you like are into historical fiction.
(⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5) 🌵Other Books by Laila Lalami that I can't wait to get my hands on:-
✏️The Other Americans
✏️ Secret Sons
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