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The Magic Island

The Magic Island

  • Title: The Magic Island
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  • ISBN : 9780766159082
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 350 pages


1929 The author s West Indian mail boat lay at anchor in a tropical green gulf At the water s edge, lit by sunset, sprawled the town of Cap Haitien Among the modern structures were the wrecked mansions of the 16th century French colonials who imported slaves from Africa and made Haiti the richest colony in the western hemisphere In the ruins was the palace built for Pa 1929 The author s West Indian mail boat lay at anchor in a tropical green gulf At the water s edge, lit by sunset, sprawled the town of Cap Haitien Among the modern structures were the wrecked mansions of the 16th century French colonials who imported slaves from Africa and made Haiti the richest colony in the western hemisphere In the ruins was the palace built for Pauline Bonaparte when Napoleon sent his brother in law with an imperial army to do battle with slaves who had won their freedom All this was panoramic as they lay at anchor, but as night fell, it faded to vagueness and disappeared Only the jungle mountains remained, dark, mysterious and from their slopes came presently far across the water the steady boom of Voodoo drums


Author William B Seabrook

William Buehler Seabrook was a journalist and explorer whose interest in the occult lead him across the globe where he studied magic rituals, trained as a witch doctor, and famously ate human flesh, likening it to veal Despite his studious accounts of magical practices, he insisted he had never seen anything which could not be explained rationally.His book on witchcraft is notable for its thought




The Magic Island Reviews (13)

  • The Magic Island supposedly introduced the zombie to the west, which is why I decided to read it The early zombie flicks definitely reflect the racial tension and American paternalism of Seabrook s travelogue There is weird mix of disregard and respect for Haitians in his tone The illustrations are [..]

  • Unlike vampire movies, which can all be said to owe their existence to the novel Dracula, there never was one major zombie novel However, this book was very influential, and inspired many early zombie films, such as White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi Exactly how accurate the book is, is a sepa [..]

  • La edici n que le en espa ol es la de Valdemar que se titula La isla m gica Un viaje al coraz n del vud , y creo que es importante decir que s lo una parte del libro hace referencia al vud y sus ceremonias El libro es en realidad el relato del autor de su experiencia viviendo una temporada en Hait , [..]

  • Written in 1929, this is a remarkably unbiased account of the author s experiences in Haiti Ranging from Voodoo rituals to cock fights to mountain hikes, he treats the Haitian people with credibility and respect The Americans occupying the island following the assassination of their President in 191 [..]

  • This is a really good book if you are in to travel literature type stuff The book covers a long trip to Haiti by Mr Seabrook and his various adventures upon the island In the first part of the book you get alot of good first had account of voodoo rituals and songs In the second major part of the boo [..]

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