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The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis
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Sep 12, 08

bookshelves: read-in-08
Recommended for: anyone interested in anthropology/ethnobotany and history of the Americas
Read in September, 2008

Don't watch the movie. It was awful. The book reads like a conversation between the author and the reader. There are times when he is almost thinking outloud in trying to understand this zombi phenomenon.

The book is divided into three sections: 1) his initial travels to and discoveries, 2) dissection the potions and analyzing the plants and animals involved in the potion and their chemical properties, as well as an in-depth history of puffer fish poisonings around the world through history, 3) his introduction into the secret societies.

This is the topic of his PhD dissertation. I felt he explained the process and the history of Haiti with minimal editorializing. It makes me want to read more on Haitian history and more by Zora Neale Hurston and about her travels and studies in Haiti.

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Mab This was a good read. Thanks for loaning me the book!


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