By Antonio Benitez-Rojo, James Maraniss
During this masterful number of brief tales, a celebrated Cuban author keeps his imaginitive exploration of the genesis of the fashionable Caribbean global.
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Christ, negro, you're lucky! A dog got you. If it had been a jaguar, you wouldn't be standing here. " The slave Page 29 frowns and answers with a grunt. "Lucky you're with me, too. I've been down this road to the coast and back to Quetzaltenango three times. In four or five days, I'll show you where the run away slaves, the cimarrones, live," he adds, pointing east. "They'll make a bandit out of you. You're young and ready for anything. A five-day walk from here. " The slave, his filed teeth shining in a broad grin, raises his hand to his chest and nods in assent.
No, not Drake: he was not at all foolish, and if his religious passion against Catholics did not lose him his head, he would go far. But Drake did not believe in trade with the Indies, and in fact he did not believe in commerce Page 18 at all. He had a soldier's mentality, not a merchant's; he preferred the easy conquest of the spoils of war to the elegantly worked out gains of buying and selling. Of course, one should not overlook the fact that Spain had ceased to be the proverbial enemy of France and had turned against England like a rampaging dragon.
The men change course, leave the beach and head toward a mass of vegetation on the left. One of the captains waves his handkerchief, and the column stops; then, without letting go of the cord that holds the Negro's hands, he hugs his companion and says something in his ear: the other smiles and goes to the rear. Hawkins sighs, lifts his eyes from the hourglass, and claps loudly twice. Their faces flustered and still dull with sleep, two blond, lanky youths enter pell-mell to serve their commander an austere collation of cheese, meat, bread, and wine.
A View from the Mangrove by Antonio Benitez-Rojo, James Maraniss