“Tobacco Wars” by Paul Seesequasis is a fictional book which traverses two dimensions. One dimension is the faux history of Pocahontas in relation to the famous crop, the second dimension is told through Indian fairytales.
- 113 pages
- Publisher: Quattro Books
- ISBN-10: 1926802128
My rating for Tobacco Wars – 3
“Tobacco Wars” by Paul Seesequasis is a short novella which follows the imaginary adventures of Powhatan princess Pocahontas with English playwright Ben Johnson. The story unfolds in America and later in London and back in the new world. The other story follows the ancient Indian tale of the Mother Bear who gives birth to the world and moves into modern times.
Pocahontas and Ben Johnson
There were many adventures in the book, especially involving Pocahontas and Johnson, however, I’m not sure what the author was trying to convey in his story and the parallels between them. The parts with the Mother Bear were a bit vulgar, which is fine but it was a sharp disparity to the interesting story of Pocahontas – the contrast was really striking and maybe that was the point.
Maybe the author was trying to convey how the past, present, and future were all connected, again I’m not sure. I did ask author Paul Seesequasis these questions and he was kind enough to answer – see his Author Q&A tomorrow.
The novella did got me thinking though, as an amateur student of history it is interesting the spin that we put on history in our schools. I’ve read some wonderful books which really put to shame the history books we get throughout our academic career which I highly recommend (“Lies My Teacher Told Me” by James Loewen comes to mind – Amazon).
If anything, this novella made me want to read more about the characters involved and that is always a good thing. Even though it is a short book it is a fine selection for any book club because there is much to discuss.
So tell me, what do you think about fictional books reinventing history?
Following the adventures of Pocahontas and Ben Johnson in the early 17th Century the book traverses the world. From the New World, to London’s inns and seedy sections. As the world turns evolves due to a new commodity so does the Indian princes.
TLC Book Tour for “Tobacco Wars”:
Wednesday, July 13: Reading Lark
Thursday, July 14: Chaotic Compendiums
Monday, July 18: Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books
Tuesday, July 19: Jenny Loves to Read
Tuesday, July 26: Lit and Life
Wednesday, July 27: Man of La Book
Thursday, July 28: My Two Blessings
Tuesday, August 2: Bibliosue
Wednesday, August 3: Scandalous Women
Thursday, August 4: Life In Review
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