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Toussaint Louverture by Madison Smartt Bell
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Mar 31, 2007

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Whew!! It took awhile (3+ months), but I finally finished!! This history of the founder of Haiti, Toussaint Louverture, and the struggle for independence of the first independent black nation was worth plowing through, but, for me, a bit too serious. Too much history, not enough just plain story, I guess. Still, I discovered some interesting insights into "how Haiti got that way", and Martin Smartt Bell, a well-known Haiti scholar and novelist, gives an even-handed treatment of the enigmatic Louverture. I enjoyed reading about places I've actually been and some of the events that shaped the Haiti I have loved for the last 10 years.

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