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The Moor's Account by Laila Lalami
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Two thumbs up for this historical fiction novel about a 16th century Spanish expedition in North America as told from the perspective of a Moroccan slave. Mustafa sold himself into slavery in order to (hopefully) secure his siblings a better life. He ends up as the slave for a young Spanish explorer who is part of the Narvaez expedition to Florida. (This was a real life expedition.) The expedition is ill fated and the members succumb to disease, starvation, and attacks from Native Americans.

I knew little to nothing about this expedition before reading this novel so I liked learning a bit about history. Having the story told from the perspective of a slave who was on the expedition gave it an interesting perspective. I recommend this book to historical fiction fans.

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Reading Progress

March 23, 2019 – Shelved
March 23, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
April 9, 2019 – Started Reading
April 9, 2019 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
April 10, 2019 –
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April 19, 2019 – Finished Reading

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