Andrew Battell leaves his pink-tipped, golden-haired betrothed in England to find love in Africa among the tribal blacks and the Papist Portuguese. She is a strange mixture of God fearing Christian and idol wielding pagan. They love each other passionately.
Leaving England a proper Protestant, Mr. Battel finds himself eating the roasted flesh of men and copulating with the jet-black African females who ornament their skin with cuts and tattoos and grease themselves with the melted fat of humans.
He trades his English patriotism for a life at sea and slave trading.
It’s the best book I’ve ever read.
The book is about Catholicism, Protestantism, Paganism and Cannibalism- Ha! This story will have you giggling and fearing ritual and religious pomp.
It’s about racism, slavery, and culture. Maybe it will offend you? I really loved the entire book.
All hail Mr. Robert Silverberg and Lord of Darkness- a masterpiece of literature.
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