[E–pub] São Tome Journey to the Abyss Portugal's Stolen Children Author Paul D. Cohn
So much historical fiction covers the same old territory0 WWII and the US Civil War must make up 75% of historical fiction I thoroughly njoy and appreciate authors that dive into periods little is written about I have read fiction and nonfiction on the slave trade but little about the very arly years Understanding that Europe s desire for sugar the growth of that market in parallel with the xpansion of cane growth in the New World and the Trading Places: The Netherlandish Merchants in Early Modern Venice eventual realization that slavesarned 101 money by weight compared to sugar is laid out by this book in a compelling story format There is so much in this richly detailed novel If you En plein coeur enjoy historical fiction and can take a realistic depiction of the brutal reality of the times then you will likelynjoy this book and learn from it Interstingly I read this book in parallel with The Lost Girls of Paris and found that book insipid compared to Sao Tome Well done uniue storyExcellent narrative that brings to light this painful and little known chapter of the The Bookshop on the Shore expulsioninuisition on the Iberian peninsula Detailed description gives the reader vicariousxperience of main character This fine history novel has it all The beginnings of African slavery a little known holocaust of Jewish people in Portugal and Africa and all recorded in the protagonist s journal reminiscent of Anne Frank s The hero a Portuguese teenager Marcel Saulo is kidnapped by Crown and Church and shipped along with dozens of other Jewish children to slave on the sugar plantations of Sao Tome Island off the West African Dance Real Slow euator The story recounted by the author in fast moving and dramatic settings unfolds as Saulo records the suffering that he and his fellow childrenndure But soon the book s hero discovers that his suffering is little compared to a greater suffering that of the tribal population of West Africa decimated by the Portuguese and Spanish slavers As best he can he befriends the Africans brought to the island and strives to combat the growing black slave tradeEnduring many hardships and personal tragedies Saulo The Art of Memoir eventually prospers as a sugar planter yet never wavers in his attempts to combat slavery At the novel snd there is an amazing and unexpected twist both heartwarming and tragic a surprise that is logical and secretly mbedded in the story Sao Tome is a remarkable read an historically informative page turner If I had a best seller list it would be at the top I highly recommend Sao Tome by Paul "D Coh. Ed with authority throughout Leigh Feldman Darhansoff Verrill Feldman "Coh. Ed with impressive throughout Leigh Feldman Darhansoff Verrill AgencyAbout the authorPaul Cohn became intrigued with the story of São Tomé Island after viewing Luc Cuyveres' PBS series Into the Rising Sun which chronicled the 15th and 16th Century Portuguese voyages of xploration His research revealed the compelling history of this uatorial West African island colony The beginnings and then the centerpiece for wholesale African slave trafficking the kidnapping of Jewish children from the Portuguese mainland to work the Tomé sugar plantations and the corrosive influence of sugar commerce on both Europe and the Americas This was a tale to be shared with the reading public. Decent historical fiction for my AtW challenge Sao Tome Marcel is clearly not the most diplomatic person but his heart is in the right place His adventures somewhat me I specially liked the descriptions of food then became ngrossing in the last 60 I loved this story then became ngrossing in the last 60 pages I loved this story I got into the book I had trouble putting it down ven though I was on vacation Great story Sao Tome gives the reader a front row seat as it reveals the personalities politics and intrigues of late 15th "Century Portugal Spain And "Portugal Spain and as Church and Crown connive to dominate the commerce of sugar and slavery The novel is the story seen through the yes of its young protagonist Marcel Saulo It is Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography exceptional from the very first page Based on historical records of the kidnappings of Jewish children and their shipment to the Crown sugar plantations on Sao Tome Island the story unwinds in tantalizing complexity always surprising the reader with its deep felt personal account Marcel Saulo is indeed a maverick and runs afoul of both State and Church from the beginning Despite many trials a couple of which are nearly fatal heventually succeeds as a sugar planter secret Jew and advocate against the growing African Slave trade He raises a family recovers from personal tragedy and continues his struggle against injustice The novel The Taste of Night (Signs of the Zodiac, ends with the most unexpectedvent of all yet one the reader has secretly hoped for throughout the narrative One reviewer called this novel an xtraordinary accomplishment I agree Sao Tome is a must read for anyone who appreciates a great story with well developed characters and a fine historical perspective about the origins of slavery S o Tom is a tale based on a little known fact that about the time Columbus was trying to set out to prove the world round Jewish children were being kidnapped in Portugal and sent on slave ships to S o Tom haven for malaria If they survived the trip these youngsters were forced to convert to Catholicism and work on sugar plantations plagued by disease and brutal conditions Based on this information Paul Cohn has created an incredible world wherein one of those Jewish children Marco Saulo actually manages not only to stay alive but to thrive under the impossible conditions This is an important work that shows like no other how far reaching and menacing the Portugese Crown and Catholic Church really were involved ven in the black slave trade that would have historical ripple ffe. In 1485 the Portuguese Crown and Catholic Church began to kidnap Jewish children forcibly convert the young conscripts and ship them to São Tomé Island off the African uator to work the government sugar plantations The collision of slavery sugar agriculture and discovery of The Americas transformed this island colony into the nidus of the wholesale black slave trade that infected Africa and Western commerce for the next 350 years This is a uniue and little known chapter of the Diaspora which also reveals the Medieval Church s complicity in the business of slavery São Tomé tells the story of young Marcel Saulo and his sister Leah who were abducted with other children from their synagogue in Lisbon. ,
Cts to this day Compelling rich powerfulI might add that the pacing is great the plot moves steadily the voice strong clear beautiful Also Cohn did a remarkable job of presenting the Jewish customs and religion naturally He xplains things about Christianity and *Islamic Beliefs Without Sounding The Least Bit * beliefs without sounding the least bit Always in complete character It s been several years since I read this book "And I Still Think About It I Am Amazed At "I still think about it I am amazed at taking on the daunting task of writing a historical novel Paul Cohn did this xplaining a part of history that had been hidden From the stealing of Jewish children from their families the voyage through shark infested waters to the unrelenting jungle and shores of Africa Saulo the main character tells the horrible tale of these children all at the hands of the Catholics This is just another Exile and Pilgrim example of torture abuse and starvation all the in the name of religion Thank you for sharing your hard work researching yet anotherxample of man s inhumanity to man Speaking of behavior of people to people does anyone know who the author s oldest daughter is I just finished reading Sao Tome and found it not only good reading but ducational as well I was tickled to acuire an advance copy of the seuel The Cantora These historical fictions should be a must read for those interested in the history of the Spanish Inuisition Now I am hoping Paul Cohn gives us a third book as we are left wondering what the future holds for Leah and Yema This book is well researched original and compelling historical fiction at its best I picked up this book to check off Sao Tome on my around the world reading adventure and a world I never new about opened before my yes and isn t that what a reader wants from historical fiction Interestingly I recently read People of the Book a novel that goes back to the Spanish Inuisition and the xpulsion of Jews Sao Tome
IS ALSO SET IN THIS TIMEalso set in this time in Portugal Jewish children in Portugal were kidnapped from there families and sent to Sao Tome to work the sugar cane fields I never knew Set in the late 1400 s just after Christopher Columbus journey to the Americas and at the beginning of Europe s presence in West Africa the book covers in accurate and disturbing detail the origins of the slave trade The detail in the book is not for the faint of heart disease torture war intrigue duplicity and are covered This lends the book a disturbingly realistic view into the period. And shipped 4000 miles to the West African islandStellar Pre Publication Reviews for Paul Cohn's São ToméSão Tomé a powerful story I admired the strength and confidence in the writing The setting and characters are richly drawn and I specially njoyed the vivid details that make the unfolding vents resonate sharply with the reader riveting Michael Peitsch Sr Vice PresidentPublisher Little Brown CoA potent mix of characters and action Paul Cohn's São Tomé is historical fiction at its finest Sid Gustafson Prisoners of Flight São Tomé great research motionally powerful the drama is terrific I got hooked Carl Lennertz Vice President HarperCollins Publishers São Tomé is rich and potent depict.