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.