Book Blurbs (Oroonoko by Aphra Behn)

Oroonoko or The History of the Royal Slave by Aphra Behn (1640 – 1689) was published about 1688 and is a story written in the style of a biography and covers the story of the African Prince Oroonoko who is tricked, captured, and sold into slavery. Though Oroonoko is no common slave, as Aphra Behn makes a point showing. He’s a prince, honest, brave, and true who holds these qualities without the ‘civility’ of the Western culture and Christianity. The story, in fact, serves to critique the corruption and racism of the West, and the religion that seems to say “Do unto others… as long as they look and behave as you do”. The book is a short novel, and one worth reading for insights into the world of the 17th century and the limitations of the Western world as perceived by Ms. Aphra Behn.


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