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Download The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (270 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Margarita Engle Narrator: Yesenia Cabrero, Chris Nunez, Ozzie Rodriguez, Roberto Santana Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet.

Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even though he had a mama of his own. Denied an education, young Juan still showed an exceptional talent for poetry. His verses reflect the beauty of his world, but they also expose its hideous cruelty.

Powerful, haunting poems create a portrait of a life in which even the pain of slavery could not extinguish the capacity for hope. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marissa | 2/5/2014

    " I would have never thought to write a book using poetry "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Arlie | 1/31/2014

    " Interesting (and sad) story. Not super sold on the poetry format - may have liked it more if I hadn't read 'Your Own, Sylvia' already: the two seemed a little too similar. Still, a worthwhile read for high school students. The text is certainly accessible although the format is different. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erin Ramai | 1/19/2014

    " Pura Belpre "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elyse83 | 1/18/2014

    " Written in verse, this book follows the life of Juan Francisco Manzano. Manzano is a slave who can write and recite verses. His mother and the rest of his family have been freed. For his talent, he is not. Unfortunately, he is mistreated by his owner, a mistress who owns a sugar plantation. "

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