The Black Jacobins by CLR James

Now that I have my computer working again and have explored the new editor a little, I have found out how to share my Goodreads reviews like I used to. That might prompt me to write better reviews. 🙂

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo RevolutionThe Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C.L.R. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A very readable history, clearly organized. Even the final chapter which narrates the final struggle for independence battle by battle and intrigue by intrigue is clear and interesting. The inclusion of reports back to France enhance that section. Though there are many actors, there are not too many to follow—even as some switch sides.

Toussaint is the main character for much of the book. At first it seemed almost a hagiography, it was so positive. And yet footnotes show this is a correction to some earlier texts. And there is considerable critique in the final section.

Even the Appendix, which explores literary and political West Indian figures from the date of the original (1938) to that of this edition(1960s) is interesting and gave me books to add to my to-read list.

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3 responses to “The Black Jacobins by CLR James

  1. Hmm..I don’t actually use Goodreads, just get the email. Maybe I should reconsider.

    • I started using it to keep a list of books i want to read later. (My library website has that feature now.) I have found it helpful when I forget I have read a book or know I did but forget what it was about. I don’t get a lot of my book suggestions from it though and never click the Amazon link, rather going to if i want to buy instead of wait for library copy.

      I don’t do much with their groups but at first found Around the World in 80 Books fun.

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