Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti
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For example, much of the book is spent detailing the “miraculous” work of Dr. Megan Coffee, who flew to Haiti after the earthquake and practices medicine on a volunteer basis with a TB ward in Port au Prince. Yet towards the end of the book Wilentz admits that some of the best private hospi ...more
The first thing to make absolutely clear about this book is that I was rather surprised to find it in the 'Travel Guides' section of Amazon. I imagine a travel guide as a book that suggests "you absolutely MUST see X but don't go to Y or you won't come back" but that's clearly not the focus of this book. There are no lavish photographs ...more
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If reality, as Nabokov writes somewhere, can only be constructed through a series of approaches (my math background cries out: to infinity?), Wil ...more
This is predominately focused on Haiti after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country. It's almost written like a ...more
Haiti is utterly fascinating. It's not African. It's not Caribbean. It's not European. It's certainly not American. It's all of these, but none of them, either. It's a life unique unto itself, intimately involved with death and destructi ...more
In addition to Haitian history (specifically the slave revolt), Farewell focuses on the recent and destructive earthquake and the ways in which foreign aid organizations have swarmed in and, in many cases, made the ...more
I appreciate her being able to authoritatively call out Mac McClelland, a narcissistic writer for Mother Jones, who's highly publicized white girls problems made the rounds on the internet after the ...more
I finished it shortly after we landed, despite having watched a stupid Hollywood film on the plane, a long-standing flight policy of mine that goes something like this: I will never pay to watch this horrendous film that has nothing to do with reality and has molded some "true" story under the iron hammer of Hollywood formula into a hollow nothing, unless I am on a plane and it is ...more
Nearly five years ago, an earthquake devastated Haiti. I thought I would do some reading on the subject and find how how much progress, if any, has been made. Amy Wilentz has written about Haiti extensively, well before the earthquake, and in Farewell Fred Voodoo, she offers her valuable insights.
What could we do for Haiti, if anything, and conversely what did Haiti do for us? What kept us here? Why did some of us come back again, and again? Like me.
Wilentz examines these questions throughout th...more
In saying that, I am also one of the first readers to rate the book & share my personal thoughts.
1) Amy Wilentz, the author, is a world renowned journalist who uses her editorial style to paint us, the readers, a very realistic view of Haiti, pre- and post- earthqua ...more
Her relentless singling out of US occupations as the root cause of Haiti's present day ills smacks of reflexive leftism. Somehow it doesn't occur to her...more
From 1995 through 1999, she was The New Yorker’s Jerusalem correspondent. She’s a contributing editor at The Nation magazine and teaches in the Literary Journalism progra ...more