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Ella Townsend, a young African-American anthropologist whose roots are Caribbean, researches Louisiana folk life and discovers not only the world of voodoo and carnival but also the mystical connection of the living and the dead. With her tape recorder she explores the rich heritage of Creole Louisiana, but Mammy, Ella's primary informant, dies during the project. From bey ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by University Press of Mississippi (first published January 1st 1994)
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Frank Romagosa
Jan 13, 2011 Frank Romagosa rated it it was amazing
This novel has a conversation about slavery and the world it created by animating Zora Neal Hurston's real character - a first anthropologist, someone who traveled from Eatonville, Florida to New York City and back home to that small town armed with a tape recorder to uncover the trace of tales of the dead who yet live. In Brodber's book, Ella Townsend likewise is armed with a reel-to-reel machine, which records voices of the living and the long-dead. We follow the trace of this young woman as s ...more
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Dec 23, 2013 Haley Direnzo rated it really liked it
This book takes some effort to get into and truly understand but the way Brodber ties it all together is so beautiful. A story of a woman who discovers so much about herself, her history and culture as you learn with her. Not a conventional novel, a bit out of order and hard to follow in some places but if you take the effort you will enjoy.
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Aug 03, 2008 m. soria rated it it was amazing
i'm not even sure how to explain how great this writing is. erna laced every sentence with magic.
Feb 21, 2015 Maite rated it it was amazing
This book is so beautifully written, and I found myself completely enthralled by the mystical, yet all too real, world that Brodber creates.
Sep 17, 2013 jewelthinks rated it really liked it
it was kinda hard to follow in the beginning, but once you get into the groove it's actually quite genius how she pulls off the mingling of the various voices, etc.

i'd suggest reading it twice.
Aug 29, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: carribean-lit
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Erna Brodber (born 20 April 1940) is a Jamaican writer, sociologist and social activist.

Born in Woodside, Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica, she gained a B.A. from the University College of the West Indies, followed by an M.Sc and Ph.D. She subsequently worked as a civil servant, teacher, sociology lecturer, and at the Institute for Social and Economic Research in Mona, Jamaica.

She is the author of four
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