Grappling with the tangled subject of race in America, the plot lines are haunted by an occult twist. When Ransom Hill, the contemporary protagonist, discovers a Civil War-era "prenda", an iron pot used by Cuban slaves for conjuring, he unearths something very strange indeed.
©2006 David Payne; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"A luscious, engaging, and heartfelt novel with plenty to say about individual responsibility and the legacy of slavery." (Library Journal)
"Like The DaVinci Code, Back to Wando Passo takes its readers deeply into an arcane, fascinating, and dangerous body of knowledge and belief." (Lee Smith, author of Saving Grace)
This was an excellent listen, a guilty treat from the 'over 20 hours' section in Unabridged!
The story is essentially split in two, charting the lives of two couples in present day South Carolina and during the North v South war in the 1800s. Again, I have to praise audible for making history more accessible to people like me, who had no previous interest whatsoever. The detail of the war and the life in a plantation is superb.
The couples both lived in the familial plantation home and discovery of a buried pot, or cauldron, leads to spooky similarities in each couples' tales.
This is not a horror story, but it is very dark. This story takes place in two different time periods, and for me, the story that takes place in the past was much more interesting than the one taking place in the future. I found myself wanting to fast foward through the book and listen only to half the story. It seems as though the past story was the real one, and the present story was forced into its mold.
There are many race discussions in the book, and although the author tries to explore all sides, it still left me a bit cold.
I will say again that this is a very dark story, so sensitive souls may want to rethink it.
"Ruined by the narrator"
The narrator was extremely hard to listen to, ruined the story really especially his crying moaning sounds; I ff so often I missed a lot of the book.
"Know your past to better face your future"
This was a riveting audio book the narrator was dynamic. A dark foray into the Peri-Bellum American South and it's impact on a modern family relocating and reconnecting with the Carolinian roots. Worth every penny.
This was one of the finest books I have ever listened to. The inter-related stories are compelling, and the characters are each utterly believable as they grapple with divergent life philosophies. The writing is elegant and it is read absolutely beautifully. The previous reviewer mentions that this is a "dark" story, and it is. But like all good tragedy ultimately catharsis is promised and delivered. Highly recommended.
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