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"I loved Forester's Hornblower series, The African Queen, The Good Shepherd, and Rifleman Dodd, but somehow had never read The Sky and the Forest. Now that I have, all I can say is 'Wow!' It is not an easy read, but Forester manages to tell two important stories - that of an African tribe's world destroyed by slave traders first and later King Leopold's forces and that of the god Loa becoming a human being. In many ways, that is the more affecting story."
"This is the only book I have found that movingly covers the lives of those who were torn from their homes in Africa and taken as slaves."
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This is the dramatic story of a man who was also a god. That man exchanges heavenly omnipotence for earthly power, and tells how the exchange was accompanied by the first faint intimations of human love - a story as old as Adam, and as new as sky travel.
In the beginning Loa was all-powerful in his tiny native village, brother of the forest, his friendly brother, and of the sky, the unfriendly one. Into this idyllic scene came the Arab raiders, burning, killing and enslaving the village under the hated whip and yoke. Terror and hardship forced Loa to realize he was only a man after all, but the change was made bearable by his wife, Musini, who continued to worship him as a god in public and perhaps let him think she did in private, while actually discovering a new tenderness for him as a man.
Loa was not too slow to learn that where a god may rule a village, empires are man-made. In this unusual tale the author has given the reader an uncanny feeling for the strange moods and customs, and the vastness of an earlier time in a mysterious land. In Loa he has created another man's man who, like Hornblower, is full of courage and also of conceits and misgivings and the other human foibles.