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Two Years in the French West Indies [Paperback]

Lafcadio Hearn

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7 Dec 2006
This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
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Hearn is a passionate observer and a passionate sensualist...to the 20th century reader he provides an unparalleled evocation of a way of life, as well as a city (St. Pierre), that has long since disappeared. --Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Born in Greece to a Greek mother and Anglo-Irish father, LAFCADIO HEARN (1850-1904) was brought up in Dublin, where he suffered a number of childhood tragedies. Moving to the United States in 1869, he worked as a journalist and translator, before settling in Japan in 1890. There he married, became a Japanese citizen and wrote the influential Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894) and Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (1904). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars entre l'amour et dégoût 9 Oct 2012
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The author Hearn has a great flair for language and immersing one in the moment, he does a great job of describing life in the french antilles, from carnival time, industry,cultural anecdotes, interesting historical tidbits and the impact of colonization on its populace.

I wanted to like this book more but as a person of African descent it was a bit hard too. Not out of place in his time, Hearn employs alot of racist language to describe the people of majoritavely African descent. They are "less than comely" and the African is "vulgar" while he seems enthralled by th mixed race people of Martinique, he also seems to find a savagery in their beauty attributed to their African heritage.

Otherwise, it was an exuberant, languid depiction of the Islands, You could almost pick up the cadence of Creole being spoken and felt as you yourself ought to be careful to spot the much feared "fer de lance" snake as you traversed Martinique's glowing hills with Mont Pelée fuming in the distance.

If you enjoy Caribbean literature particularly that concerning the French Antilles i would recommend authors like Raphael Confiant, Maryse Conde , Gisele Pineau ,Jacques Roumain and others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice slice of paradise... 6 April 2008
By P. Gachot - Published on Amazon.com
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A great writer and a fascinating man, better known for his books about Japan... This book is one long Caribbean moment preserved in amber.
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much detail at times 30 Jan 2014
By Brett Botha - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting observations at that particular historical era. However some of the author's observations were too detailed and causes the reader to lose the thread of the narrative.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book at a Great Price!!! 25 Feb 2013
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This is a great book, purchased at a great price, and delivered at breakneck speed!!! This review is only focused on the condition of the book, the price, and the speed of delivery because I have not read it yet.
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