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The Traveller's Tree by Patrick Leigh Fermor
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Apr 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: library_books, history, travel
Read in April, 2011

Good overview of the author's travels in the region just after World War II - long enough ago that the references seem historical, rather than dated. Although he went to Cuba, Fermor says it wasn't included due to not being able to communicate with natives for the language barrier; he does mention Puerto Rico briefly. Haiti is covered in great detail as the penultimate location; the rather drawn out discussion of voudou pretty much ended my interest in the book, so the reasonably brief final chapter on Jamaica got pretty much lost as a result.

Glad I read it, though a bit of a haul (as opposed to a slog) to get through, with lots of details of colonial history!

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