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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.