The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier

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The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier

By Amy Wilentz
Simon and Schuster, 1989
427 pp. $19.95
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In 1986 Amy Wilentz arrived in Port-au-Prince, in the middle of a popular revolution, with vague notions of writing a small story about Haiti; she ended up producing a great book on a country to which few people have paid much attention since the ousting of "Baby Doc" Duvalier. While other reporters lost interest, Wilentz kept returning, learning the language, befriending the people and always maintaining a sharp and ironic eye for the nuances of life in Haiti. The result is this excellent book, written with style and wit, which traces, among other things, the failure of democracy, the importance of voodoo in the country's society and politics, and the lone courage of a rebel-priest who believed in the infallibility of both Jesus and the poor people of Haiti.

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