Wednesday, October 10, 2012
FREE KINDLE E-BOOK ALERT: Black Circus by Steven Allison
Black Circus by Steven Allison
Throughout history the years we know so little about are those immediately following any time of great conflict.
As both the victors and the defeated take the time to lick their wounds and absorb how the world has changed around them, so the writers and historians fall strangely silent.
Black Circus follows the adventures of a child soldier across the almost alien landscape of Reconstruction era America. A time when even the major cities would be scarred by bodies left to hang from lamposts and fences.It was a time of anger and hate, of fear and confusion. Seeing it through the eyes of child helps bring that home to those of us who can't even imagine such a time, let alone a time so recently in our past.
The years immediately following the American Civil War shaped the country and plotted the course of the future of the USA, and ultimately the world as we know it. Yet we understand so little about it. This was the time when the colour of war changed from grey and blue to that of black and white.It's an important story told with a distinctive voice.
Black Circus is about the violent birth of our modern times and the loss of innocence that came with it. It isn't the first page in a true Black History, but it's an important chapter we should never forget.
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