Bonjour Blanc : A Journey Through Haiti Paperback
by Ian Thomson
An enthralling journey into the shadowy republic of Haiti.
In the land of Voodoo, zombies and the Tontons Macoute.
In this classic account, history jostles with adventure, high comedy is touched with danger; and Haiti glows like a magic charm.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, 1
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/05/2004
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780099452157
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Review by Seajack
Thompson does a fantastic job covering a nation difficult for most outsiders to understand. Lots of historical details, presented in context to the places he's visiting (situation encountered), so that it's rarely dry or overwhelming; he goes off the beaten path often for stories in such remote areas even Haitians are daunted by his plans. Those reading the book for voodoo details might be somewhat disappointed - Thomson does get an entry to that "scene", though near the end, in basically one chapter. On the other hand, he does meet a zombie, doing a terrific job of explaining the background details of that "phenomenon". Highly recommended.