The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History (Paperback)
  • The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History (Paperback)
zoom

The Loss of El Dorado: A Colonial History (Paperback)

(author)
£12.99
Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 03/09/2010
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

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.

In The Loss of El Dorado, V. S. 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.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330522847
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 276 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
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 *

You may also be interested in...

Che Guevara
Added to basket
£18.99
Paperback
America, Empire of Liberty
Added to basket
The Rainborowes
Added to basket
Shenandoah Valley 1862
Added to basket
The Black Jacobins
Added to basket
Phoenix Squadron
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Sugar Barons
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Great Crash 1929
Added to basket
Not In Your Lifetime
Added to basket
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Added to basket
The Penguin History Of Latin America
Added to basket
The American Civil War
Added to basket
John F. Kennedy
Added to basket
£19.99
Paperback
Empire of the Summer Moon
Added to basket
Americans Against the City
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.