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This was a masterpiece of historical writing Not only does it examine the life of its subject, it fully illuminates the sights and emotions of the late eighteenth century Western world Meticulous research went into every aspect of Equiano s life Given the name Gustavus Vassa, he traveled the seas in the Royal Navy during the Seven Years War, worked on merchant ships in the Caribbean, oversaw the transportation of slaves from Africa, paid for his freedom and joined expeditions to the North P This was a masterpiece of historical writing Not only does it examine the life of its subject, it fully illuminates the sights and emotions of the late eighteenth century Western world Meticulous research went into every aspect of Equiano s life Given the name Gustavus Vassa, he traveled the seas in the Royal Navy during the Seven Years War, worked on merchant ships in the Caribbean, oversaw the transportation of slaves from Africa, paid for his freedom and joined expeditions to the North Pole, Central America and West Africa He would later make a name for himself renaming himself Equiano writing opinion pieces calling for the end of the slave trade within the British Empire.The author breaks down this memoir and attempts to corroborate the facts with documentary evidence Carretta unearths letters from colleagues and enemies alike, including some pamphlets that the author believes to be by Equiano One doesn t need to be versed in any aspect of the time, since everything from merchant shipping to depictions of non white people in popular culture is expertly explained.An especially illuminating section was describing the back and forth between writers of pamphlets and opinion pieces Equiano began writing his condemnation of the slave trade after reading so many defenders of the institution Reading these defenders of slavery today reminds one of the current struggle with reporting false equivalency and the topic of civility in political debate.The book received some blowback when addressing the early part of Equiano s biography Equiano claimed to be born in west Africa and described his abduction and sale to slave traders There is no evidence of this and, in fact, it seems he was born a slave in South Carolina But the author stresses that this memoir was written as an attack against slavery, and after working on ships that moved Africans in the trade, Equiano did have first hand knowledge of what these Africans endured Equiano himself may have not experienced these specific traumas, but he was well versed in other Africans miseries This should not take away the power of these experiences or the life that Equiano led.The second half of his life was a spiritual awakening that he described as nourishing as from a soul feast Reading this volume felt just as satisfying (((FREE DOWNLOAD))) ☋ Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man ✘ A controversial look at the most renowned person of African descent in the eighteenth century In this widely aclaimed biography, historian Vincent Carretta gives us the authoritative portrait of Olaudah Equiano c, the former slave whoseautobiography quickly became a popular polemic against the slave trade and a literary classic Sailor, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Equiano is revealed here as never before, thanks to archival research on an unprecedented scale some of which even indicates that Equiano may have lied about his origins to advance the antibondage struggle with which he became famously identified A masterpiece of scholarship and writerly poise, this book redefines an extraordinary man and the turbulent age that shaped him I m speaking on an upcoming Equiano panel that in part responds to this book, so when I saw it on sale at MLA, I decided to get it What is fabulous about Carretta s book is that he showcases Equiano s talents as a writer It s been disturbing me how The Narrative will be included in U.S and U.K Lit anthologies, but only the chapters on Africa and the Middle Passage For me, the best part of these chapters is the way Equiano artfully shapes the readers perspectives and inverts conventional I m speaking on an upcoming Equiano panel that in part responds to this book, so when I saw it on sale at MLA, I decided to get it What is fabulous about Carretta s book is that he showcases Equiano s talents as a writer It s been disturbing me how The Narrative will be included in U.S and U.K Lit anthologies, but only the chapters on Africa and the Middle Passage For me, the best part of these chapters is the way Equiano artfully shapes the readers perspectives and inverts conventional takes on Self Other relations The controversial part of Carretta s argument is carefully presented he humbly offers it for readers to consider rather than insisting they comply with his point of view This is a great book for anyone interested learningabout the historical context of The Narrative Equiano, the African Biography of a Self Made Man by Vincent Carretta 2007 This is a very interesting book. Strong, if controversial thesis Many excellent points, but interminable in style. This book was incredible I learned so much about the culture, history, and life during the 1700s 1800s I appreciate how much time and effort went into the research for this book, from the little details to the greater patterns analyzed that surrounded Equiano s biography In essence, this book analyzes Equiano s autobiography, the context around which it was written, the knowledge and experience that Equiano had at the time, and all the events that influenced the content of his autobiography This book was incredible I learned so much about the culture, history, and life during the 1700s 1800s I appreciate how much time and effort went into the research for this book, from the little details to the greater patterns analyzed that surrounded Equiano s biography In essence, this book analyzes Equiano s autobiography, the context around which it was written, the knowledge and experience that Equiano had at the time, and all the events that influenced the content of his autobiography This book doesn t try to convince you of anything, it presents the historical data, the records that have been found, and draws hypotheses about what probably happened to Equiano when there s not enough evidence to support a claim Equiano lived a life full of so many different perspectives, that of a slave, sailor, explorer, writer, advocate, and so many , that his life story is fascinating If you like nonfiction books that are incredibly well written and well researched, this is the book for you If you want to read about a fascinating man who overcame prejudice and injustice after injustice then read this I ll be looking forof Carretta s works because I m definitely a fan Biog E648c 2006 Brilliant research, but it is a tedious book to get through I actually started reading this book 2 years ago in Africa, and it has taken me that long to plod through it.