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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (133 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Chase-Riboud Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Paris, 1815. An extraordinarily shaped South African girl known as the Hottentot Venus, dressed only in feathers and beads, swings from a crystal chandelier in the duchess of Berry’s ballroom. Below her, the audience shouts insults and pornographic obscenities. Among these spectators is Napoleon’s physician and the most famous naturalist in Europe, the Baron George Cuvier, whose encounter with her will inspire a theory of race that will change European science forever.

Evoking the grand tradition of such “monster” tales as Frankenstein and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Barbara Chase-Riboud, prize-winning author of the classic Sally Hemings, again gives voice to an “invisible” of history. In this powerful saga, Sarah Baartman, for more than 200 years known only as the mysterious lady in the glass cage, comes vividly and unforgettably to life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kudos to Chase-Riboud for exploring this story of oppression and for humanizing a woman who was virtually regarded as an animal, according to the ideology of the day.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Praise to Chase-Riboud for her total immersion in the spirit of Sarah Baartman.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kimberly | 12/13/2013

    " It was all right. Good story, but it wasn't easy to keep up with who was talking or even IF someone was actually talking. I wouldn't recommend it, but feel free to read it if you're interested. *chuckles* "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Marion | 8/16/2013

    " just couldn't get into subject..didn't finish "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Valerie | 6/9/2013

    " In 1800s Europe, a young African girl is put on display as the Hottentot Venus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sophia Walker | 4/18/2013

    " This book made me sad. I was disturbed by the perceptions of blacks but realize that some people still feel that way today. The main character lived a horrible life and her death was no better. "

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