ISBN 9780140433388,Oroonoko; the Rover & other works

Oroonoko; the Rover & other works

Author:

Alpha Behn

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Penguin UK

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ISBN 9780140433388
Publisher

Penguin UK

Publication Year 1993
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780140433388

ISBN-10 0140433384
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 384 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Fiction

When Prince Oroonoko's passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast into slavery and transported from Africa to the colony of Surinam. Oroonoko's noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but his struggle for freedom brings about his destruction. Inspired by Aphra Behn's visit to Surinam, Oroonoko (1688) reflects the author's romantic view of Native Americans as simple, superior peoples 'in the first state of innocence, before men knew how to sin'. The novel also reveals Behn's ambiguous attitude to African slavery - while she favored it as a means to strengthen England's power, her powerful and moving work conveys its injustice and brutality.

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