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Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
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Mar 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in March, 2011

I know what I like when it comes to novels. Usually I can tell upfront based on the details of the author and the period of writing if I have a good chance with a book. But I also like reading classics, regardless of how I might find them, just for my own good.

I mention this because Oroonoko turned out rather unexpectedly. I wasn't set to hate the book, but I am astonished at how much I came to like it. Behn writes with that very old, English style of speaking to the state/status of characters more than actions, but she also throws in some very (for the era) inventive plots and some surprisingly violent and sexual content I would not have seen coming. Her prose is also just excellent, far better than most her male peers of the time, I think.

All in all, I have to say this book/author is terribly underrated. Can't believe she's not mentioned more.

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