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Perhaps this book is best categorized as an alternative history set well into the future. It took me some while to get into the story because it presents the unimaginable, well almost. America and Europe dominated by Ayrans and Jew and Blacks have been rounded up and deported or eliminated, along with the mongrels (Mongols) - the equivocation about deportation is that the author leaves it is a dangling hook - quite clearly the resettlement of Afro-Americans in Africa is really extermination. One of the central characters is the scion of a wealthy family who comes across a strange book about reincarnation, which is apparently based on a true story, and then meets up with the young woman who refuses to believe who she is and claims to be a black woman who died a long time ago. Essentially the plot follows the trail of the memories of the young woman deep under New York and eventually most of the claims she makes are validated. The final question appears to be: “Who cares?” Indeed, after listening to this book twice to be quite sure I hadn't missed anything, I realized how history can be manipulated and events cease to exist. The title is a tease so I won't give any clues. I found the book enjoyable but confronting.
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This is only my second Daniel Quinn book, and I'm hooked. If you are looking for a book to make you think, you've found the right author and the right book. There are so many levels to the story and so much to think about. A masterfully written work, the relationship between the characters draws you in and holds your interest until the story expands to the broader issues and more complex questions that make you think about society in general. A great book to raise questions an make you think