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This outstanding Haitian novel tells of Manuel's struggle to keep his little community from starvation during drought.

The genre of the peasant novel in Haiti reaches back to the nineteenth century and this is one of the outstanding examples. Manuel returns to his native village after working on a sugar plantation in Cuba only to discover that it is stricken by a drought and divided by a family feud. He attacks the resignation endemic among his people by preaching the kind of political awareness and solidarity he has learned in Cuba. He goes on to illustrate his ideas in a tangible way by finding water and bringing it to the fields through the collective labor of the villagers. In this political fable, Roumain is careful to create an authentic environment and credible characters. Readers will be emotionally moved as well as ideologically persuaded.

192 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 1944

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Jacques Roumain

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Roumain est né le 4 juin 1907, à Port-au-Prince, dans une famille aisée. Son grand-père, Tancrède Auguste, fut président d'Haïti de 1912 à 1913. Il fréquenta des écoles catholiques à Port-au-Prince et, plus tard, étudia en Belgique, en Suisse, en France et en Allemagne. À vingt ans, il revint en Haïti et fut co-créateur de "La Revue Indigène" avec Émile Roumer, Philippe Thoby-Marcelin, Carl Brouard et Antonio Vieux, dans laquelle ils publièrent des poèmes et des nouvelles.
Il fut très actif dans la lutte contre l'occupation américaine d'Haïti (1915-1934). il est le fondateur du mouvement ouvrier et communiste haïtien.
En 1934, il fonda le Parti communiste haïtien. En raison de ses activités politiques, de sa participation au mouvement de résistance contre la présence américaine, et, surtout, de la création de sa part du Parti communiste haitien, il fut souvent arrêté et finalement contraint à l'exil par le président de l'époque Sténio Vincent.
Pendant ses années d'exil, Roumain travailla et se lia d'amitié avec de nombreux écrivains et poètes de son époque, comme Langston Hughes. Il fréquenta également l'université Columbia à New York. Après le changement de gouvernement en Haitï, il fut autorisé à revenir dans son pays natal. Une fois revenu il fonda le Bureau National d'Ethnologie.
En 1942, le Président Elie Lescot l'investit d'une charge de diplomate à Mexico. Il compléta à la même époque deux de ses livres les plus influents : le recueil de poésie Bois D'Ebène et le roman Gouverneurs de la Rosée, qui se vendit pourtant à moins d'un millier de copies la première année suivant sa publication.
La majorité du travail de Roumain exprime la frustration et la rage d'un peuple qui a été piétiné durant des siècles. Il incluait tous les Haitiens dans ses écrits, et appelait les pauvres à s'unir contre la misère.

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395 reviews14 followers
January 15, 2017
Il y a quelque chose du grand classique français (je pense comme ça à Zola, Mérimée...) et de la tragédie grecque, mais à la sauce haïtienne, avec un langage et des dialogues exotiques et colorés, c'est assez savoureux et dépaysant.
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376 reviews75 followers
July 6, 2009
When I opened the package and saw the cover, I thought for a moment that the bookseller had cocked up and sent me a romance novel by mistake. But they hadn’t; Masters of the Dew is that slightly curious thing, a peasant novel. Curious because, generally speaking, peasants don’t write novels — the hero of this story is illiterate, in fact — so these books are written by outsiders, for whatever reasons of their own.

Jacques Roumain was from a wealthy Haitian family, educated in Europe, a politician, ethnologist and at the time of writing this book in 1944, a diplomat. He was part of the nationalist resistance against American occupation, founded the Haitian communist party, and later founded the Bureau d’Ethnologie. I imagine that the ethnology itself was originally political, as is so often the case: a wish to celebrate an authentic local identity creates an interest in traditional peasant culture. But certainly you can see how the nationalism, the communism and the ethnology would all feed into a peasant novel.

And given that background, it’s not a complete surprise that this is a novel about a strong, handsome peasant, uneducated but thoughtful and eloquent, sincere and full of integrity, who returns from working in Cuba, where he has been politically awakened by the experience of sugar-cane workers striking for better pay, and teaches the other villagers that only by working together, and putting aside their feuding, can they save their village — in this case by creating a new irrigation system.

However, the fact that the political messaging is a bit unsubtle — there’s also a corrupt local police chief and when one of the characters dies, they can’t have a church funeral because they can’t afford the fees — doesn’t make this a bad book. The descriptive passages are particularly strong and the dialogue is effective too, although apparently we are missing a certain amount in translation. In the original, Roumain apparently struck a compromise between using Haitian creole — which would have been authentic but difficult for his French-speaking readers — and putting pure French into the mouths of his peasant characters; songs and proverbs are quoted in creole and the dialogue is sprinkled with creole words. The translators, Langston Hughes and Mercer Cook, rather than trying to find suitable English equivalents or having the characters speak some kind of rural American dialect as a substitute, has them speaking standard English. I think that’s probably a solid decision, but there’s a whole layer of local flavour which is lost.

She sat next to him, leaning against the trunk of a macaw tree, her dress spread around her, and she clasped her hands around her knees.

The plain unfolded before them, surrounded by the hills. from here they could see the mingling of acacia trees, huts dispersed in the clearings, fields abandoned to the ravages of drought, and in the glare of the savanna, scattered cattle moving. Above this desolation crows on the wing hovered. Over and over they made the same circuit, perched on the cactus, and, frightened for some reason, flayed the silence with their harsh cawing.
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711 reviews73 followers
February 20, 2016
3 stars

The writing was choppy and I felt like it jumped a lot or it stayed within the same scene for quite some time.

That being said, it was a wonderful story on a dream and how one strives for himself and for his people. Manuel believed that the village will have water and worked hard to get it.

I really enjoyed the ending!
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171 reviews83 followers
May 18, 2020
4.5 stars. I need to read more books by Jacques Roumain. I loved how certain images were woven through Gouverneurs de la rosée.
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123 reviews43 followers
March 6, 2021
Gente do céu, que livraço!
"Senhores do orvalho" inicia devagar. A realidade crua do meio rural haitiano chega simples, mas em uma prosa romanceada e poética, sem excessos (que tanto me incomodam quando parecem esconder uma falta de conteúdo narrativo). Jacques Roumain nos conta a história de Manuel, que retorna à seu pais natal, o Haiti, depois de anos vivendo e trabalhando em Cuba, onde teve contato com o socialismo e o movimento sindical. Retorna à sua família e comunidade encontrando desavenças e uma seca que representa praticamente o fim do campesinato - sem água, não há vida, e sem a possibilidade de viver, o que resta é a miséria ou a migração forçosa. E é ao redor da água, desse jogo entre morte e vida que a história dessa pessoa, dessa família e dessa comunidade se desenvolve. Roumain nos transporta pra dentro da narrativa e com muita facilidade nos conectamos com as personagens, por mais distinta que seja sua realidade. É um grande pequeno livro, bonito do começo ao fim, pra ser degustado aos poucos, sem pressa.

A edição excepcional da editora Carambaia torna a leitura ainda mais deliciosa, por seu projeto gráfico e também formatação interna. O posfácio de Eurídice Figueiredo é um ótimo complemento, explorando algumas temáticas subjacentes ao livro, como a relação do marxismo com a religião (que me parece tão necessária em um debate latinoamericano) e o indigenismo do autor, semente do movimento da negritude.

Jacques Roumain é haitiano, foi fundador do Partido Comunista do país e Aimé Césaire o considera um de seus predecessores. Morreu "misteriosamente" após um encontro do PC em Cuba, onde supõe-se que tenha sido envenenado, em 1944. O contexto histórico da intelectualidade e militância haitiana me parece ser digna de nota, pois vejo relação bastante direta entre tantos autores que nasceram no país ou por lá se inspiraram em algum momento: CLR James, Césaire, Senghor e Carpentier são reflexos de sua época e dos movimentos importantes que os precederam - o único país do mundo a concretizar uma revolta de escravizados seguiu, apesar dos constantes ataques, a produzir um pensamento único e potente.

Leitura super recomendada!
4 reviews
March 26, 2014
A masterpiece!!!! A must read when it comes to Haitian literature and culture. Universal themes (race, class, inter generation conflict, love, loyalty, etc) are explored and it's amazing how it reveals how relevant this book is today for present day Haiti.
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146 reviews27 followers
December 3, 2020
Catching up on the history and literature of Haiti🇭🇹, I discovered yet another masterpiece. Manuel comes back in his native village in Haiti after spending several years in Cuba where he toiled in the cane fields. He reunites with his family and finds a countryside ravaged by long periods of drought and his own family torn apart by old feuds. Manuel reminded me of Etienne Lantier in Zola's "Germinal" -- as a natural-born hero of humble origins who fights for the common good. Roumain's Communist leanings clearly transpire all through this powerful narrative.
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353 reviews35 followers
April 9, 2019
Fonds-Rouge, à Haïti : les villageois se lamentent de la sécheresse récalcitrante, la terre est désespérément aride et chacun tente d’oublier son infortune, jour après jour. Les voilà devenus « gouverneurs de la rosée », la seule humidité qui daigne toucher leur plantation…
Manuel ne reconnait plus le village de son enfance, jadis luxuriant, désormais saccagé par la misère. Revenu de Cuba, où il y a passé quinze années, il est le seul à garder une étincelle d’espoir et à fustiger le renoncement général. Lui va trouver l’Eau. Et réconcilier les deux clans ennemis de Fonds-Rouge, par la même occasion.
Gouverneurs de la rosée est un chef d’oeuvre de la littérature haïtienne, la forme comme le fond est maîtrisé parfaitement :
L’écriture de Jacques Roumain est incroyable, faite de métaphores tortueuses et oniriques, parsemé de créole haïtien et de dialogues savoureux. On rit, on sourit, on s’émeut et on pleure, j’ai tourné les pages ébahie par la poésie de la prose et happée par l’intensité dramatique de l’histoire. On ressent aussi subtilement les idéaux politiques de l’auteur, fondateur du parti communiste haïtien, dans un roman qui exalte le rassemblement des forces vives pour le bien commun.
Si jusqu’au 2/3 du roman, les aventures de ce village haut en couleurs tiennent en haleine, les derniers chapitres dévoilent toute la puissance évocatrice d’une fable, et le roman se transforme en parabole somptueuse sur l’amour et l’amitié.
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323 reviews67 followers
October 19, 2020
A masterful example of the Caribbean literature staple, the peasant novel, Roumain's Masters of the Dew is a beautiful story of triumph over poverty and harmony with nature. Roumain's Marxist ideology permeates the undercurrent of the novel, however the narrative is generally free of any overt political expression. Langston Hughes translation is masterful and conveys the story extremely well. For any reader, this book couldn't come with a higher recommendation.
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23 reviews11 followers
December 3, 2020
A frase que abre o livro forma um arco perfeito com aquela que fecha. Entre uma e outra a história é contada com afeto por Roumain.
9 reviews
January 30, 2020
Gouverneur de la rosée, de Jacques Roumain, est basé sur l'amour, le sacrifice et l'union. Le principal personnage, Manuel, est dévoué, motivé et courageux. L'histoire se tient à Fonds-Rouges, Haïti. Le message le plus important est de ne jamais baisser les bras même si tout te semble impossible. J'aime ce Livre parce que ça nous montre combien il est important d'aimer sa terre natale. Se sacrifier pour elle. C'est que Manuel à fait, il a préféré se taire, ne pas dévoiler le visage de son assassin pour faire renaître l'union à Fonds-Rouges. Alors qu'il n'y avait aucun espoir, il a pu ,lui et Anaïse, la femme qu'elle aime, retrouver la source. Après sa mort elle et tout les habitants ont ramené l'eau au village.
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911 reviews36 followers
August 7, 2021
If book is on Edwidge Danticat’s top 10 list…time to read it!
Gouverneurs de la rosée by Haitian writer Jacques Roumain.
They say it’s a masterpiece!
...also available in English "Masters of the Dew" (pg 210)

My Thoughts
August 6, 2020
Letto per l'università; conoscendo il background penso che esprima bene la condizione culturale dei Caraibi.

"La vita è la vita: puoi prendere delle vie traverse finché vuoi, fare una lunga deviazione, ma la vita è sempre un continuo ritorno."
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Author 16 books42 followers
September 23, 2021
Quel livre magnifique sur la réconciliation; une écriture de l'environnement, aussi, dans une langue d'un pouvoir d'évocation incroyable.

«Tes paroles ressemblent à la vérité et la vérité est peut-être un péché», dit Délira à son fils Manuel. Roumain écrit vrai. Nul doute.
January 14, 2023
Um livro que me fez largar tudo e me dedicar somente a ele. Que escrita maravilhosa essa de Jacques Roumain - uma mistura de Vidas Secas com Romeu e Julieta e uma pitadinha de pimenta de Jorge Amado, que, aliás, foi o organizador da primeira edição da obra no Brasil. Leiam esse livro!!! 😍🇭🇹📚
6 reviews
April 5, 2010
"Masters of the Dew" written by Haitian author Jacques Roumain and orignally published in 1944 was a very interesting and entertaining read. Although i would not designate this novel as one of the best works from Haiti that i have read it is decent in its own respects. If i had to categorize "Masters of the Dew" i would place it in the genre of the 'peasant novel experience' so common to the caribbean and Latin America. The novel follows the struggles and efforts of villagers to overcome division and hardships in the rural Haitian town of Fonds Rouge. The story begins with the return of Manuel, essentially a 'prodigal son', to a town that is divided by a family fued and ruined by drought. Manuel goes about saving Fonds Rouge by preaching the political/social awarness that he learned while in 'exile' in Cuba. (Roumain himself was exiled to Cuba) Ultimately Manuel succeeds in uniting the villagers of Fonds Rouge and restoring peace and prosperity to the town. Overall I found "Masters of the Dew" to be a rather straightforward and uninvolving novel, however it did differ from other LatA/Car. novels i have read. Where most novels simply recount the struggles of Hatians (Krik? Krak! & The Kingdom of this World) in "Masters of the Dew" Roumain offers a solution to the Haitian problems of poverty and oppression. He advocates that Haitians reduce their reliance on Voodoo religion, that they take matters into their own hands instead of waiting/enduring for change to occur, and basically adopt communism to do so. It is with the proclamation of this solution that i lost much respect for the novel in a literary sense. From almost the first chapter the reader is bombarded by thinly veiled communist/socialist ideology. Every character in the novel comes to embody a communist ideal; and believe me this quickly becomes very annoying. All things considered i think that Roumain took the political aspects of his novel a step to far; and by doing so seriously detracted from the work. However, I cant disagree with the entertaining aspects of the novel and Roumains literary skill certainly saved "Masters of the Dew" in my mind. Roumain evokes numerous extremely provocative and emotional images that will remain in my memory for years to come. All things considered, i would recommend "Masters of the Dew" to anyone interested in Haitian culture and society. However, i must warn you of the obvious/unrelenting politcal undertones and that to fully enjoy the novel it should be read with a 'grain of salt'.
35 reviews2 followers
August 1, 2018
This short novel reads like a fable and could be described as a mixture between a Haitian-style 'Romeo and Juliet' and a Marxist novel. Written in 1944 just months before Jacques Roumain's untimely death, in a lyrical French interspersed with Haitian Creole, it captures Haitian culture and traditions whilst communicating the author's clear message about the need for people to rise above their divisions in order to unite against corruption and poverty. The author - an advocate of Marxism who struggled against the American occupation of Haiti - came from a wealthy background and did not experience the misery described in his novel. However, the novel clearly establishes his loyalty to his Haitian heritage, and is a powerful expression of the rage, frustration and destitution of a people downtrodden for centuries. I was much more interested in the fascinating cultural aspects of the novel than in the ideology behind it. I felt I could relate to the characters, especially Delira, and savoured the language and imagery, which I found, quite frankly, exquisite. The novel also spoke to me on another level, probably not intended by the author, that of the devastation of our planet by the human species, and of the need for people and nations to look beyond their differences to make positive changes.
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4 reviews2 followers
December 5, 2012
Love this book! It's like the Caribbean version of Romeo and Juliet; so poetic and lyrical at times that you forget you're reading a novel. The writing was very powerful, and I definitely found myself feeling very strongly for the struggles of the characters. The ending is sad and uplifting all at the same time. This is a very heartfelt novel.
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135 reviews2 followers
January 7, 2023
Questo breve romanzo di Jacques Roumain è basato su due convinzioni fondamentali: l'importanza dell'istruzione e del ragionamento, come mezzi per migliorare le condizioni di vita di un popolo; e la necessità di non arrendersi mai, di non aspettare, e darsi da fare per cambiare la propria vita. Ragione e Azione, dunque.
Il contesto sociale e storico è quello di Haiti di inizio 1900. E il problema che i paesani di un piccolo villaggio devono affrontare è una persistente siccità. Con rassegnazione, speranza in Cristo e/o nei Loa (divinità del vudù) e tra faide familiari, essi attendono, immoti, che siano gli eventi a decidere le loro sorti, consumandosi sempre di più, giorno dopo giorno... Una strada che può portare solo alla morte, dopo che della terra, dei paesani e del villaggio.
Sarà necessario che Manuel, il figlio di due abitanti di Fonds-Rouge, torni da Cuba, per far sì che le cose inizino a cambiare. Lì, durante gli anni di duro lavoro nelle piantagioni di canna da zucchero, ha appreso le idee del comunismo, che iniziavano a diffondersi e ha partecipato ai primi scioperi. Insomma, egli torna ad Haiti con un "plus", con delle nozioni e delle idee politiche, che cerca di mettere in pratica, per aiutare i propri compaesani a superare la crisi dell'acqua. Parte alla ricerca di una fonte d'acqua, consapevole che non saranno le divinità ad aiutare l'uomo, se l'uomo non si aiuta da solo, e la trova. E cerca di far lavorare tutti insieme, superando diatribe e odi, perché solo l'unione delle forze di ogni abitante di Fonds-Rouge, potrà riuscire a portare l'acqua dalla fonte fino al villaggio.
Come andrà a finire non lo rivelo, ma anticipo che tali discorsi non piaceranno a tutti, sull'isola, poiché c'è sempre chi vuole arricchirsi sulle sofferenze altrui e chi non è in grado di vincere le proprie passioni peggiori (perché non vuole).
Il romanzo di questo autore haitiano (tra l'altro tra i fondatori del partito comunista di Haiti) è semplice, scritto bene e con amore verso il proprio popolo. Ed è bello pensare che quello che Roumain ha appreso in Europa (dove ha studiato) negli anni giovanili, gli sia poi servito in patria, per cercare di migliorare le condizioni di vita del suo popolo.
Le intenzioni di questo libro non sono esplicite, ma direi che non si nascondono nemmeno. E' stato scritto, abbastanza palesemente, per diffondere una certa modalità di pensiero, per "istruire" direi, in modo facile - per spingere gli haitiani ad essere uniti e ad essere consapevoli della propria forza come gruppo. Una scrittura che, fortunatamente, non risulta mai "radicale", perché in fin dei conti il non farsi piovere addosso e l'aiutarsi l'un l'altro, più che idee strettamente comuniste, sono buon senso, fondamenta su cui l'umanità ha costruito il suo progresso. Tra l'altro, io credo che si possano riscontrare anche nel Liberismo, benché poi i modi di organizzazione della società tra questo e il Comunismo siano differenti.

Sul titolo: perché "Signori della Rugiada?" Beh, perché i neri di Haiti, anche se per Manuel, il protagonista, hanno peccato di fatalismo e troppa fiducia nell'intervento divino, sono comunque degli instancabili e bravi lavoratori. Essi si alzano all'alba, per andare a lavorare nei campi, quando l'erba è bagnata dalla rugiada del mattino, che è acqua, vita, che loro "governano" (=Gouverneur de la Rosée è il titolo originale), per creare altra vita, il raccolto, che sfamerà altra vita, l'uomo.
E se la rugiada viene a mancare, perché la terra si inaridisce e non si può più lavorare, allora bisogna diventarne ancora più suoi signori... e risolvere il problema, è il caso di dirlo, alla fonte!

In definitiva, libro piacevole, interessante e che scalda il cuore. E' bello vedere come Haiti, che è tra gli stati più poveri del mondo, abbia dato i natali a bravissimi scrittori. Ricordo qui l'altrettanto bello "Gli Alberi Musicanti" di Jacques Stephen Alexis. Ma d'altra parte, più una terra è ricca di storia e complessità e sofferenze, più produce fiori rigogliosi.
14 reviews1 follower
January 10, 2021
Masters of the Dew is a peasant novel set in Fonds Rouge, a rural community in Haiti experiencing a drought. When you first open the book, Roumain provides a detailed account of the poverty the drought has caused. To contrast these images, the author also gives us passages of this community’s former glory. When the water used to come, farmers worked in coumbites, a collective agricultural effort in which neighboring farmers help each other when a task requires more hands. Emphasizing this community’s capacity for collective care is vital because this will become a main driving force in seeking a resolution to their issues.

Despite this drought, a “stranger” comes into town. Except he is not a stranger, Manuel had left their community 15 years ago to work in Cuba’s sugar fields. Quickly we learn that he has seen some shit. Manuel’s hardships should not be a surprising fact if you know the state of Haitian immigrants worldwide. Manuel reflects the worldwide trend where Haitian immigrants get the worst-paying, most back-breaking jobs and are the object of racist violence. However, in Manuel’s case, by participating in a strike against his employers, he developed a political education that he carries with him on his return to Fonds Rouge.

As we move along the story, we learn Fonds Rouge is not only plagued by drought but also a generations-long family feud that keeps the community even more impoverished due to their divisions. Manuel, our protagonist, sees this, and we follow him as he tries to bring his community back to its former glory.

When I first started reading the book, I thought it would be a typical story of a charming young hero who comes and swoops in to save the day. In some respects, that was true, and in other respects, it was about so much more. The plot is simple, but the characters and culture make this book shine. Some of the character’s deep commitment to voodoo practices and Roumain’s retelling of the Asogwê (A Afro-Haitian religious ritual) was surprising and gave us characters that could be more relatable. From reading the introduction, I also learned that Roumain was a Haitian indigenous movement leader and sought not to romanticize these traditions but to show the values and dangers. I found this book rewarding because Roumain gave us a simple story with the richness of 20th-century Haitian culture that felt realistic and approachable.

If you want to read more about the historical context of the Haitian peasant novel, you can read it on my blog! https://anemptysackcannotstand.wordpr...
September 19, 2022
"Senhores do Orvalho", de Jacques Roumain, é considerado o livro fundador da literatura haitiana. A história é bem simples: Manuel, protagonista da história, volta para sua terra natal após trabalhar por 15 anos em um canavial em Cuba e encontra uma terra sufocada pela seca e pela fome. Em meio a esse cenário e influenciado pelas ideias socialistas que aprendeu em Cuba, ele está disposto a unir os camponeses para que a situação deles mude e eles finalmente prosperem.

A narrativa é bem simples, mas a história é contada de uma forma belíssima e já para o final do livro me peguei emocionada. Os personagens são muito bem construídos e fiquei realmente muito envolvida com a história. Achei um livro excelente e recomendo a leitura para todo mundo.
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565 reviews15 followers
March 3, 2021
Comme un air de conte.
L'auteur nous dépeint l’Haïti rural des années 1940 : ce qu'on y mange, ce qu'on y boit, ce qu'on y prie. Une conscience sociale aussi, avec Manuel qui revient de Cuba après avoir fait grève avec d'autres coupeurs de canne à sucre.

Marie-Vieux Chauvet aussi avait rendu compte de la déforestation dans son roman Amour, Colère, Folie.

La scène de sexe était très peu réussi. C'est dommage, le style lyrique était agréable mais la manière de décrire les étreintes était convenue et prévisible.
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21 reviews1 follower
October 25, 2021
This was a really fantastic novel. Exploring the life and struggles of peasant communities in Haiti, and eloquently discussing the struggles of collectivization, mutual aid and family feuds.

I would definitely recommend this as a novel exploring the application of mutual aid and organizing outside the work place. It's very much a book of a time and place, but constructs an awesome story of roadblocks, feuds, and traditions coming in the way of a better life for all.
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302 reviews13 followers
February 2, 2022
Écrit en 1944, ce roman best-seller Haïtien est toujours d’actualité. C’est une ode à l’adversité, pétrie de personnages hauts en couleurs, au caractère et langage trempés dont la véritable force est la générosité. Ces villageois luttant chaque jour pour leur survie, résignés face à la sécheresse seront bousculés par le retour au pays de Manuel qui préfère croire en l’Homme qu’en ses prières ! Un roman d’Amour à un peuple, à sa terre et à l’Amour !
546 reviews
January 8, 2023
4,5/5 étoiles

Je connaissais déjà l'histoire de ce roman ayant assisté à la présentation d'un collègue de classe à son sujet. Pourtant, j'ai été surprise par ce livre.

La langue est absoluement magnifique (mélange du français normatif, du français des Antilles et du créole / travail sur l'oralité et la parole populaire).

L'idéologie communiste qui sous-tend le roman est habilement intégrée, évitant de faire du roman un simple pamphlet propagandiste.

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346 reviews5 followers
July 2, 2017
This was my first venture into Haitian literature and Haitian philosophy. I really enjoyed it and strongly connected with the mother and father in the story, and with the sense of struggle, and putting aside grievances for the good of the community as a whole. It's a very dynamic book with dynamic characters, and I think it is an essential piece of literature.
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4 reviews
December 12, 2018
Roumain did a wonderful job in bringing out the characters in this novel. However, there was not much of a plot to it, in my opinion. It was a good book, but not quite like the writing of Danticat. This novel told more of the story of Manuel and his journey. There was not much else about the culture, etc. Still, worth the read.
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545 reviews
February 12, 2020
Between 2 and 3 stars. The writing was quite beautiful but the plotting left something to be desired; choppy in some parts and long-winded in others.

Also 2 out of the 2 books that I've read for this class end with a woman revealing that she's pregnant. Yeah yeah, cycle of life, but I don't like it.
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