By Bruce Chatwin
During this bright, robust novel, Chatwin tells of Francisco Manoel de Silva, a negative Brazilian adventurer who sails to Dahomey in West Africa to alternate for slaves and amass his fortune. His plans exceed his desires, and shortly he's the Viceroy of Ouidah, grasp of all slave buying and selling in Dahomey. however the ghastly company of slave buying and selling and the open savagery of existence in Dahomey slowly eat Manoel's wealth and sanity.
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Eddie finished dressing, then finished the beer. I found a pen and wrote my address down. ” He took the slip of paper, put it in his pocket and walked out the door. That’s about all there was to that reading except I met Slim de Bouffe and his girlfriend in this bar later, they were going to get me to the airport and I told them the story as we drank green beer in a place they were mopping up with a very strong disinfectant and we almost vomited together. ” asked de Bouffe. “I couldn’t take him,” I answered.
She said. ” “My son, Gary,” said Mrs. LeMon, sitting down. ” “I told you he’s competent. ” “You’re not. ” “Pull your dress higher. ” Mrs. LeMon pulled her dress higher. Harry bent down and kissed one of her knees. Then he spread her legs and bit her hard four or five inches above the knee. ” “I told you to go in and piss. ” Harry put the bottle down and slapped Mrs. LeMon across the face, hard. “Oh, don’t do that . ” “I told you what to do! ” Mrs. LeMon went to the bathroom. Harry finished his beer and brought out two more, opened them, put them on the coffee table.
Harry walked into the bedroom. It was dark in there. But he did have his drink with him. He finished his drink and rolled the glass across the rug. He unlaced his shoes and stretched out on the bed. It was one of those neighborhoods where you could hear the crickets rubbing their legs together. He listened to the rubbing of the legs. It made things seem fairly all right. Then he wondered, should I take this stuff off and wait for her or should I let her undress me? It was the first bit of uncalculated, mathematical wisdom he had come upon in some days of weeks, but he still hoped she’d bring one last good drink.
The Viceroy of Ouidah by Bruce Chatwin