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Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau Kindle Edition
Jewell is the author of six adult novels (Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, and the Marie Laveau mystery trilogy, Season, Moon, and Hurricane), two novels for children (Ninth Ward and Sugar) and several non-fiction books. Her work has won many awards, including the American Book Award, a Coretta Scott King Honor award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. She is the founding director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.
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- Harriet Gottfried, NYPL
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Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B09B4CDJFK
- Publication date : July 22, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 884 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 448 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #201,706 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's a pity that she didn't have a skilled editor. Several sections could have easily been shaved off, due to immature writing (over-explaining) or just plain excessiveness. Especially towards the end, which I ended up skimming-- at first out of excitement, but eventually out of tedium.
She's a talented writer, though, that's clear. The physical ambience of the time and place that she creates, and the psychological dramas of the individual characters and their relationships, are all impressive. As the plot gathered steam, I felt very attached to the book. It imbued my thoughts when I was away from it and I picked it up again during breaks/free time with much anticipation.
I also greatly admire & am fascinated by the subject matter she's chosen here. Many details of life in the 19th century from the perspective of those in the African diaspora are illuminated. While much of this information is nothing less than shocking, disturbing, and devastating, I'm grateful that she dared to include it. Woven convincingly into the narrative of a gorgeous, irresistible story, the insight gleaned from these details made me contemplate the multi-faceted nature of history, and how incredibly valuable are the voices of writers of diverse backgrounds.
Along these lines, she includes much theological musing about the nature of divinity in relation to human life, from a perspective I had never encountered before. She only raises questions, she doesn't try to answer them. And the questions she raises are deeply compelling. She deserves a lot of credit for this. She left no stone unturned, it seems to me, in getting inside the head of her main character. We feel her anguish and her passion on every level, in a way that becomes both historically and philosophically significant due to the complexity of issues she confronts us with through the telling of this tale.
So, yes, Marie Laveau is fleshed out very convincingly. This is the great achievement of this book, in my opinion. The imagined trajectory of her struggles, both internal and external, is beautifully achieved. She becomes a character we love, relate to, weep for & cheer for, as in all of the best novels. It's a pity that the book's overall shape wasn't sculpted with a more uncompromising eye. Again, I blame her editor. As a writer, Ms. Parker-Rhodes did her job. I'm betting her later works are better and I look forward to reading them someday, especially the one about Frederick Douglass.
Oh and p.s. the book is very adult~ unabashedly erotic throughout, alternatingly excitingly and disturbingly so, depending on the moment being conveyed....