Dancing in the Baron's Shadow: A Novel

Dancing in the Baron s Shadow A Novel Haiti Francois Duvalier known as Papa Doc is the impoverished island nation s brutal dictator Relentless curfews and Papa Doc s terrifying Tonton Macoutes militia have made life in Port au P

  • Title: Dancing in the Baron's Shadow: A Novel
  • Author: Fabienne Josaphat
  • ISBN: 9781939419576
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Haiti, 1965 Francois Duvalier, known as Papa Doc, is the impoverished island nation s brutal dictator Relentless curfews, and Papa Doc s terrifying Tonton Macoutes militia, have made life in Port au Prince increasingly difficult for struggling taxi driver Raymond L Eveill But it is Raymond s brother, Nicolas, a wealthy professor at the local university, who is stirringHaiti, 1965 Francois Duvalier, known as Papa Doc, is the impoverished island nation s brutal dictator Relentless curfews, and Papa Doc s terrifying Tonton Macoutes militia, have made life in Port au Prince increasingly difficult for struggling taxi driver Raymond L Eveill But it is Raymond s brother, Nicolas, a wealthy professor at the local university, who is stirring up trouble A secret manifesto penned by Nicolas is rallying opposition to Papa Doc After a tip off from a disgruntled student, Nicolas home is raided and the manifesto discovered, landing him in Fort Dimanche, a notorious, disease ridden prison many enter but few ever leave Meanwhile, Raymond s wife leaves him, taking their children and escaping the island With his family gone, Raymond gets himself arrested as part of a death defying plan to break his brother out of jail.Fabienne Josaphat s electric prose brings to life a horrifying and not so distant time in Haiti s past while exploring the best and worst of humanity The novel examines power s tendency to corrupt, the impulse of nationalistic pride, and, above all, the human desire to survive, while describing in rigorous detail the shocking realities of life in the Baron s shadow.

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    1. Any time anyone writes a novel about Haiti during the 1960s and the reign of Francois Duvalier, aka "Papa Doc," I am going to read it. It was such an horrific time in Haiti's history, where anyone at any time could be accused of anything and sent to prison on trumped-up charges; some of these people were never again to see the light of day. The intelligentsia had it especially bad, but everyone was at risk. I was so excited to find and to start reading this book, since it's set in Haiti during t [...]

    2. Nevermind my three star rating. I gave the book such a rating because it felt rushed. But that being said you get a good look at the political repression in Haiti during the 1960s under the dictatorship of Duvalier. The sibling rivalry between the two protagonists give us a microscopic look at the incredible class divide that permeated the country in 1965 and continues until today. A joy to read. I can't wait for Ms. Josaphat's next novel.

    3. Fabienne Josaphat vous propose un voyage vers Haïti… Mais loin de l’image d’île paradisiaque que nous pourrions en avoir, c’est l’île qui sombre dans la pauvreté et qui vit dans l’angoisse sous le règne tyrannique du Baron samedi qu’elle nous met en lumière. Je n’avais quasi aucune connaissance de l’histoire de cette petite île des Caraïbes et je dois avouer que le récit, ne serait-ce que pour les circonstances historiques, est ultra enrichissant. Par le biais d’une [...]

    4. Josaphat's novel. The story is set in Haiti. It's 1965 and Francois Duvalier, AKA Papa Doc, is ruling the country with brutality. I knew very little about this country or about this dictator's unrelenting violence to control the impoverished island nation. This book centers around two brothers, Raymond and Nicolas L'Eveille, caught in the country's misery and changing times. They are as different as two men can be, in their intellect, goals, desires and dreams. In spite of their vast differences [...]

    5. The last third of this book felt a bit rushed, but the story was compelling and Josaphat writes beautifully. Overall, a good debut novel about a dark time in Haiti's history.

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