Who would ever guess that the beloved legend of Santa Claus involves a seldom-told tale of faith and friendship between two men -- one white and one black? Long ago, Santa Claus had an African partner named Pete and together they brought the spirit of Christmas to America's first settlers. These two forever changed the way families celebrate the holiday. But through the years, Pete's contribution was forgotten.
Now Santa & Pete restores the legacy in delightful style and delivers an inspiring message of hope and harmony among people. The story starts with a bus driver who takes his grandson along on Saturdays as he travels a historical route in New York City. What unfolds is a series of wonderful adventures that culminate on Christmas Eve, when the bus gets stuck in a snowstorm. That's when the grandfather's running genealogy lesson, based on author Christopher Moore's own family history, arrives at its final destination: the story of Santa and Pete.
A truly magical tale, Santa & Pete will take you and your family back to the heart of Christmas.
©1998 Christopher Moore (P)1998 Simon & Schuster
I was expecting another hilarious tale of Christmas mayhem by " The Author Guy", Christopher Moore. This is NOT that Christopher Moore! This was a great heartwarming story with beautiful narration by Delroy Lindo. I did finally get caught up in the story but I kept waiting for something funny to happen. If you are looking for a tale of Christmas terror, reread The Stupidest Angel.
The book was really very good, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was listening to Orson Scott Card. I don't mean that it felt like a copy of OSC, just it had the same feel to it. It was imaginative and warm and interesting, without even a hint of humor.
This story was really beautifully narrated and a sweet family story. It would be great to listen to around the fire at Christmas with family or on a road trip, and although it's great for kids, it's well written and original and will draw in adults as well. Having read, and listened to, everything by Moore, I can say that the G rated nature is unlike his normal, but the excellent depth of story and characters are what I expect from him. I'm interested to see what else Pamela Johnson has written.
Story may have been great but couldn't get past the narration. Popping P's, hissing S's, and muddled base made the whole thing painful. Need's a do-over.
Delroy Lindo does a wonderful job expressing the warmth and depth of feeling in this unique and original story.
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