March 22, 2011

Not really a diary or very exciting story


Royal Diaries: Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490

In an author's note, it says that Anacaona's diary is not really a diary because the Taíno people didn't read or write. So this is really a collection of Anacaona's thoughts. This premise a little confusing and prevents us from really getting into the story. Anacaona tells us about her life, which is pleasant, but boring. She sings and dances and gets married into a neighboring tribe. Then some pale-skinned men arrive and war breaks out. This would have been more exciting if she had taken a more active part, but she is like a distant observer. An epilogue describes what happens to her after Columbus shows up, and we all know it wasn't happy.

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