This Other Eden

by Paul Harding | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1529152542 Global Overview for this book
Registered by grovalskii of Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on 3/19/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by grovalskii from Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, March 19, 2024
A novel inspired by the true story of the once racially integrated Malaga Island off the coast of Maine, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Tinkers.

In 1792, formerly enslaved Benjamin Honey and his Irish wife, Patience, discovered an island where they could make a life together. More than a century later, the Honeys’ descendants remain there, with an eccentric, diverse band of neighbors: a pair of sisters raising three Penobscot orphans; Theophilus and Candace Larks and their nocturnal brood; the prophetic Zachary Hand To God Proverbs, a Civil War veteran who carves Biblical images in a hollow tree. Then comes the intrusion of “civilization”: eugenics-minded state officials determine to cleanse” the island, and a missionary schoolteacher selects one light-skinned boy to save. The rest will succumb to the authorities’ institutions or cast themselves on the waters in a new Noah’s Ark.

Full of lyricism and power, This Other Eden explores the hopes and dreams and resilience of those seen not to fit a world brutally intolerant of difference.

Journal Entry 2 by grovalskii at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Released 2 mos ago (3/19/2024 UTC) at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany


Found on a friend's wishlist. Personal handover at C/O Cafe.

Journal Entry 3 by wingApoloniaXwing at Charlottenburg, Berlin Germany on Wednesday, March 20, 2024
A wishlist book! Thank you (and for the lovely mini-meet-up too)!

Journal Entry 4 by wingApoloniaXwing at Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Wednesday, March 27, 2024
This is a powerful, sad and beautifully written novel about racism, a fictionalised account of what happened to a mixed-race community on a Maine island in 1911.
Unfortunately Harding simply used an article about Malaga Island for his novel, didn't do much further research, didn't talk to historians or descendants, but spun his own story, close enough to what really happened, so Malaga Island was recognizable. Harding writes about incest, rape and murder even though there is no proof that that ever happened there, he's simply reproducing the myths that the state government back then invented to give them a reason for the community's eviction from the island.
One descendant "said the direct descendants she has spoken with about the book want nothing to do with it and feel angry that someone is profiting off a version of their family’s story."
This leaves a bad aftertaste to an otherwise good book.
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Journal Entry 5 by wingApoloniaXwing at BC 2024 Convention in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, April 4, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (4/19/2024 UTC) at BC 2024 Convention in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland


Released on the Bookcrossing Convention's book buffet.
Or somewhere in town if nobody picks it up.

Journal Entry 6 by elis-fromSweden at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, April 20, 2024
Took from the book-buffet to release at the hotel. But it does sound interesting so I am interested in reading it first. We’ll see how this goes.

Released 1 mo ago (4/20/2024 UTC) at BC 2024 Convention in Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland


Leaving this book at the Scandic Hämeenpuisto so a new reader can enjoy its' story.

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