Rainy Season: Haiti-Then and Now
Considered the best book ever written about Haiti, now updated with a New Introduction, “After the Earthquake,” features first hand-reporting from Haiti weeks after the 2010 earthquake.
Through a series of personal journeys, each interwoven with scenes from Haiti’s extraordinary past, Amy Wilentz brings to life this turbulent and fascinating country. Opening with her arrival just days before the fall of Haiti’s President-for-Life, Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, Wilentz captures a country electric with the expectation of change: markets that bustle by day explode with gunfire at night; outlaws control country roads; farmers struggle to survive in a barren land; and belief in voodoo and the spirits of the ancestors remains as strong as ever.
The Rainy Season demystifies Haiti—a country and a people in cruel and capricious times. From the rebel priest Father Aristide and the street boys under his protection to the military strongmen who pass through the revolving door of power into the gleaming white presidential palace—and the buzzing international press corps members who jet in for a coup and leave the minute it’s over—Wilentz’s Haiti haunts the imagination.
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A Mercedes will pull right up to a shabby concrete house on a main road in a
slum, and a young mulatto will get out and start talking to the man sitting in front.
That man turns and talks to a runner waiting in the road, and the runner talks to ...
As had the Zinglins for Soulouque, the VSN constituted Duvalier's bulwark
against overthrow by the mulatto—controlled (and in Papa Doc's day American—
trained) Army. The Army, Duvalier was well aware, had historically been the
One of the popular theories about Jean—Claude's fall was that it was brought
about by his marriage to Michele Bennett, a redoubtable mulatto playgirl much
feared by Jean—Claude's mother. Michele came from a shady mulatto family, but
The occupation also practiced political racism, installing four successive mulattos
as President. Duvalier ... He used Noirisme to undermine the mulatto elite, in the
early days a rival for his power, and to consolidate his hegemony among the ...
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The rainy season: Haiti since DuvalierUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This welcome interpretation of Haiti provides many insights into a country that few North Americans understand. Wilentz, a journalist, captures the complex cultural ambience and mystery of domestic ... Read full review