Book: Crossing The Mangrove
Author: Maryse Conde
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: YES
I have visited: NO
This is my 76th read for the year
This story is told from many points of view, but revolves around one person: Francis Sancher. Francis has recently been found dead. None of the villagers are really surprised since Francis predicted his death. Each chapter is told from the point of view of one person who has come to view Francis body and pay respects and tells their piece in Francis' life.
This was an okay book. Some of the stories were pretty interesting. Overall the book was well written. However what you will quickly discover is that this is not a mystery book and the answer to how Francis died will never be revealed. That the stories are just those - stories. Not pieces to a puzzle of how he died, but how he lived and affected their individual lives. I was kind of hoping for it to be revealed anong those stories how he died, but it didn't. And that was a bit of a let down for me.
OVerall, a fine book. As I widdle away at the last 30 countries I have to read, it is becoming harder and harder to find a lot of choices, so this will remain my Guadeloupe book.
Stars: 3 1/2