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The book reads like a novel but it is entirely based on facts. Hans Jonathan, a 7 year old son of a slave, and therefore a slave himself, moves from the Danish Virgin Island of St. Croix to Kopenhagen in Denmark, where he becomes a war hero. For that he gets his freedom from the Danish king but his "owner" wins the case against the King and Hans Jonathan - before getting sent back to St. Croix - flees to Iceland. This is an important book. Anyone concerned with human rights should read it.
This book is a new " Roots" and it's so thrilling and brilliant. I really want to recommend this book. Gisli Palsson rolls out Hans Jonathan's story piece by piece. Fantastic that so much information can be found about a man, who lived from 1784-1824, from Sct. Croix to Copenhagen and from there to Iceland. The author also takes up out the discsusion about racisme ,- also of today.
The author throws in much speculation into a work that is intended to be historically accurate. The life Hans Jonathan lived was unique and worthy of notice. The footnotes failed to elucidate the text which annoyed. There was also a fair amount of specious discussion unrelated to Hans’ life experiences. For history, I am glad I read it, but there were a lot of bothersome irrelevancies that made the reading less engaging than it might have been.