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  • Paperback
  • 128
  • Oroonoko
  • Aphra Behn
  • English
  • 04 December 2019
  • 9780241251621

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Summary À Oroonoko 107 Conveys its injustice and brutality This new edition of Oroonoko is based on the first printed version of 1688 and includes a chronology further reading and notes In her introduction Janet Todd examines Aphra Behn's views of slavery colonization and politics and her position as a professional woman writer in Restorati. Aphra Behn AF ra Ben was a popular playwright and dabbly novelist in the late 1600s part of the gap between Shakespeare and novels Bawdy free thinking perpetually broke perversely royalist and probably atheist she fell badly out of favor in the next few centuries and is now making a tepid comeback tepid because as much as we d love to have a radicalish female protonovelist in the canon Behn is only okay as a writerOroonoko has a pretty good plot the titular archetypal noble savage is torn from his hot fiancee and betrayed into slavery in Surinam where he s miraculously reunited with his fiancee learns to distrust white dudes and fights for his freedom It moves uickly it s very short it s fairly interesting and the end is very powerful There are some details about life in early colonized South America that are neat Behn wrote from personal experienceBut the prose is functional at best The voice of the narrator is confused and the whole thing feels dully expository At this very early stage when the concept of prose was still being invented novelists tended to do this And then the savage said that he was unhappy here Just stating the facts There is curiously given that Behn was a dramatist foremost virtually no dialogue in the entire book About forty years later Daniel Defoe would inject a bit life into his prose although still with only the dimmest concept of getting into his characters headsAs a stepping stone in the evolution of the novel this is great to have in your experience As a plot it s excellent As a book it s fine but unlikely to become one of your favorites

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Summary À Oroonoko 107 By Aphra Behn's visit to Surinam Oroonoko reflects the author's romantic view of native peoples as in 'the first state of innocence before man knew how to sin' The novel also reveals Behn's ambiguous attitude to African slavery while she favoured it as a means to strengthen England's rule her powerful and moving work. What I LOVED that the love story is Vivid the plot is Alive But all this matters not when placed on the other side of the spectrum where Misery is Aware and Dismemberment is the ultimate form of Destruction I was left wowedA Must

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Summary À Oroonoko 107 When Prince Oroonoko's passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather the lovers are cast into slavery and transported from Africa to the colony of Surinam Oroonoko's noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors but his struggle for freedom brings about his destruction Inspired. Perhaps the perfect thing to read after Kafka s The Trial I found this discomforting and curious by turns the author and the story both are slippery the boundaries between reportage myth and fiction unclear and maybe unimportant in the finest traditions of fictionAphra Behn herself is a mysterious person presumed to have been born in Kent maybe Canterbury it is debated who her parents were though it is a strong probability that she had some She spent sometime in Suriname a Dutch colony from the later 1660s but first settled by the English who introduced plantation slavery there powered by imported African persons Behn returned from Suriname to England claiming to be a widow to a Dutchman after the restoration of Charles II she worked for a while in Holland as a spy but wasn t paid her expenses despite this she was a loyal supporter of Charles II then of his brother James II Since the spy game didn t pay she turned to playwriting and did well writing Restoration comedies for the London stage but also some poems and pieces of fiction including this curious and remarkable work a novella published in 1688 a year before her death in 1689 In it she returns to Suriname where she was twenty or so years earlier The story which she says she wrote in one continuous session without a break purports to be the story of the eponymous hero an African Prince who she met and knew in SurinameThe story is very short and I don t want to spoil you all with details of the narrative but it is possible that many odd things are going on Perhaps the story is mostly invention Jenny Uglow in her study of the first ten years of Charles II s restoration regime A Gambling Man tells us that restoration stories were very popular in the restoration period as you will not fall off your chairs in shock to read kings and Princes unjustly exiled and returning to their rightful kingdoms was the political story of the reading public s lives and they delighted to see such on the stage nor was the taste limited to European heroes one play The Indian ueen was set in Mexico and seemingly was inspired by the story of the conuest of the Aztecs And one of Charles II s nicknames was Black Boy he was olive skinned in colour than the typical English lobster red indeed the physical description of our hero Prince Oroonoko with his Roman nose and black hair falling loosely down to his shoulders reminds me than a little of the Merry Monarch The central idea is the arch conservative one that there s such divinity doth hedge a King although Oroonoko becomes a slave his nobility is evident not just to the author but also to his owner his fellow slaves but also to the indigenous inhabitants of SurinameOk while we have a hero who is an African Prince if he is based on a real character do we admire him because Behn has presented him Hollywood style acceptable to a broad bottomed audience so he looks a bit like Charles II has similar tastes and learning as a 17th century European gentleman and who pointedly sulks in his tent like Achilles at one point Or can we find him to be an alien enough figure to be expanding the boundaries of the expectable and the possible for her 17th century English audience Or is he just an updated version of Othello Noble passionate and ruined because he trusts the word of a white man In any case this is a novella by a English woman from the dawn of the Imperial age and the Atlantic trade set in Africa and a colony that has as it s hero a black man The work repays any curiosity you may feel It seems in so many ways so odd taken all together that I am inclined to think that it is based on some experience from Behn s own life fiction strains to be believable in a way that fact doesn t bother to But it is not an anti slavery tract although the uakers were complaining and protesting against slavery from the 1670s in this book slavery is an accepted part of human society Oroonoko s people sell the captives they take in war as slaves to such merchants as come from Europe the noble prince gifts his sweetheart with 150 slaves as a love token before they themselves are enslaved But then again we might read this as a literary conceit from enslaver to enslaved Is the story true at all or a political fable Odd no sooner was this sad savage story published than James II was driven off his throne deposed by his daughter Mary and her husband William III The exile returned into exileThere is something interesting going on with regard to religion the work was dedicated to a Catholic nobleman who is praised for his ability to explain the faith The Africans have their own religion but are all the same decent and upstanding folk the English colonists are Christian but dishonest and untrustworthy and prepared to make cruel non culinary use of chille pepper powderBehn struggles with the notion of beauty in places it seems that if your skin tone is not white that you can not be beautiful in others she points to Oroonoko s ebony skin colour as particularly handsome and impressive while she does mention his roman nose and that his hair has been teased out and so approximating European male beauty standards of the time she is also taken by his distinctly non European ritual scarification Perhaps she had a simple notion of beauty as Europeanness which had been shaken by her life experience but not replaced by a generous and universal concept of human beautyThe names apparently are close enough that they might be actual ones from west Africa for all that Oroonoko sounds suspiciously like a certain river view spoiler or if you are British and of a certain age like a womble hide spoiler