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  1. Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti
    Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti
    Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti
    Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti
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  2. Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography, this is a brilliant writer’s account of a long, painful, ecstatic—and unreciprocated—affair with a country that has long fascinated the world.

A foreign correspondent on a simple story becomes, over time and in the pages of this book, a lover of Haiti, pursuing the heart of this beautiful and confounding land into its darkest corners and brightest clearings. Farewell, Fred Voodoo is a journey into the depths of the human soul as well as a vivid portrayal of the nation’s extraordinary people and their uncanny resilience. Haiti has found in Amy Wilentz an author of astonishing wit, sympathy, and eloquence.

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Amy Wilentz
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I am on the Board of a medical non-for profit in Haiti. We sponsor Haitian healthcare workers who provide mobile medical care in underserved areas. If you are interested in Haiti, this book is worth reading.

Positives: Thought the book is very well written and does a better job than any other book of explaining the Haitian NGO dilemma. The book keeps you engaged throughout and is certainly very thought-provoking.

Negatives: I wanted to scream out loud at the author at various times throughout the book. I feel she makes ethical decisions on what's right and what's wrong based on her own lens. For example, healthcare NGO workers right, journalists (except for her, wrong). Dr. Mark Hyman, wrong, Dr. Megan Coffey, right. Her commentary sometimes seems like a personal vendetta at times and is filled with contradictions. It almost becomes autobiographical at times. For example, at one point she says that she can't help that believe what she has done in Haiti... Read more
An essential portrait of a place most people know only through headlines and horror stories and caricature. Amy Wilentz's book will make you feel the dust, the rain and the misery -- but most importantly, the humanity as it is distilled through her highly complex reactions to what she has seen. It is also a fascinating self portrait of an American writer. An indelible travel book that deserves its place alongside Joan Didion's Salvador and Bruce Chatwin's In Patagonia. Highly recommended!
Great insight and sympathy for the unending tragedy of Haiti and the effects of continuing exterior and interior "extractive" forces on a culture and individuals. Probably as close as one can get inside the mind and soul of people who sometimes seem so "other" to outsiders.

Super writing. Quite vivid but a perhaps a little too cynical. I would have appreciated a little less of the leitmotif of "white guilt" or reproachful voyeurism that tends to run through the work. Apologies are not needed for trying to understand and relate to a people who deserve better than they have suffered.
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