"The best and most thrilling book of exploration that we have ever read … [an] immensely important book." — New York Evening Post "A series of excellent stories about one of the most interesting corners of the American world, told by a keen and sensitive person who knows how to write." — American Journal of Sociology "It can be said of many travelers that they have traveled widely. Of Mr. Seabrook a much finer thing may be said — he has traveled deeply." — The New York Times Book Review This fascinating book, first published in 1929, offers firsthand accounts of Haitian voodoo and witchcraft rituals. Journalist and adventurer William Seabrook introduced the concept of the walking dead ― zombies ― to the West with his illustrated travelogue. He relates his experiences with the voodoo priestess who initiated him into the religion's rituals, from soul transference to resurrection. In addition to twenty evocative line drawings by Alexander King, this edition features a new Foreword by cartoonist and graphic novelist Joe Ollmann, a new Introduction by George A. Romero, legendary director of Night of the Living Dead, and a new Afterword by Wade Davis, Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is good and bad. The chapters on zombies and Voodoo rituals are really fascinating. In most cases, Mr. Seabrook was the first white person to see many of those things firsthand and his accounts are very detailed. Later in the book, however, the narrative takes a bad turn. The chapters on Haitian culture and race are very narrow-minded and outright racist. I realize this was a different time when people were ignorant, but it is hard to read such blatant racial prejudice. If you're a fan of zombies or the rituals of other religions, the early chapters are worth reading, though.
Fabulous book ! I'd read a copy from the library of the original edition from the 1920's - fascinating accompanying photos and drawings too - Here's hoping that more of Seabrook's wonderful books will now also be re-released. My only complaint is with the "Cartoon" cover - surely they could have come up with something better than this ?
An insight into voodoo that places you as a participant, and also a look at ourselves that rarely could be achieved through anyone's eyes other than this author.
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