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Paroles Et Lumieres-Where Light Speaks: Haiti Hardcover – 1 Sep 1999
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If I were rating on how well it represents all of Haiti, including the city, and if it were NOT going for a good cause, I would give it less.
I was hoping to get a book representative of what *I* have seen of Haiti: THE CITY. This book is just for the country. I think it has maybe 1 or 2 pics of the city. They should have stated that in the description.
What I saw of Haiti, and what I remember, is The City, and The Market: THRONGS of people, hustle and bustle. People wearing brightly colored clothes, brightly colored buildings, and most important, those incredibly painted TAP-TAP BUSSES!!
But this book didn't have Any of that, maybe one or two pictures! Also, the pictures were mostly of scenery, and not enough PEOPLE. There were many nice pics of sunsets and amber waves of grain fields, etc. Very artsy. Perhaps very representative of the Haitian countryside?, I don't know, I didn't spend any time in the countryside.
As long as you understand this book is for the country pics and not the city, that's fine.
If you're specifically hoping to find books of the pre-quake City Life of Haiti, unfortunately this book doesn't cover that.
I returned the book for a refund, and once Amazon deposited the money back in my account ($20 for book cost minus shipping they deducted), donated $20 to the "Haiti Relief and Development" fund, as they are currently calling it, of the Red Cross. Its easy to donate online, the menus are very straightforward, and easy to specifically choose Haiti as the recipient.
I hope someday, that pre-earthquake photos of the vibrant CITY LIFE of Haiti will be collected into a picture book! For now, I just go to YouTube, search on Haiti Tour or something similar, and some visitors have shot video of driving through the city, with that desperately poor, yet Magnificent, beauty of the brightly-painted old buildings, people, and busses that could only be found in Haiti before the quake - THAT's WHAT I WISH FOR in a coffee table book!