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Claudine Doctor Hbert Crozac M Bourgois Isabel Cigny Captain Maillart Arnaud Crozac is a lower class petit blanc living in Le Cap where he works as a blacksmith-- he employs OuleTullius as a groom and is also involved in Philip Brownes fraudulent schemes which he has helped instigate This character does exist in the print version of the book although in a greatly reduced role Philip Browne is one of the principals-- an itinerant Englishman hired as manager of the Thibodet Plantation he is involved in embezzlement and fraud Such abuses on the part of hired managers were common and often led to the worsening of the lot of plantation slaves Oule known to the white people as Tullius is a free black who lives in the town of Le Cap The idea of a character having two different names in a book that was already overpopulated was especially distressing to my editors Such double-naming was common enough for slaves and freed blacks but something did have to be sacrificed In All Souls Rising on the other hand Bell plops the reader down in the midst of the incredibly violent Haitian revolt at the turn of the 19th Century and through the use of shifting perspectives allows the reader access to the experiences of those caught up in it but he provides no context for what is occurring Basically hes trying to tell the story of a riot from the viewpoint of the rioters theres just a whirl of events the meaning of which is impossible to decipher There are scenes of elaborate torture and violence but we are so deeply thrust into the story that we have no idea how they connect back to the tides of history The book seems to be about nothing more than the racial violence itself disconnected from any rhyme or reason Perhaps this is partly Bells intent to demonstrate
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