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The Magic Island #2020

The Magic Island By William B. Seabrook The Magic Island The author s West Indian mail boat lay at anchor in a tropical green gulf At the water s edge lit by sunset sprawled the town of Cap Haitien Among the modern structures were the wrecked mansion
  • Title: The Magic Island
  • Author: William B. Seabrook
  • ISBN: 9780766159082
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Magic Island By William B. Seabrook 1929 The author s West Indian mail boat lay at anchor in a tropical green gulf At the water s edge, lit by sunset, sprawled the town of Cap Haitien Among the modern structures were the wrecked mansions of the 16th century French colonials who imported slaves from Africa and made Haiti the richest colony in the western hemisphere In the ruins was the palace built for Pa1929 The author s West Indian mail boat lay at anchor in a tropical green gulf At the water s edge, lit by sunset, sprawled the town of Cap Haitien Among the modern structures were the wrecked mansions of the 16th century French colonials who imported slaves from Africa and made Haiti the richest colony in the western hemisphere In the ruins was the palace built for Pauline Bonaparte when Napoleon sent his brother in law with an imperial army to do battle with slaves who had won their freedom All this was panoramic as they lay at anchor, but as night fell, it faded to vagueness and disappeared Only the jungle mountains remained, dark, mysterious and from their slopes came presently far across the water the steady boom of Voodoo drums.
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    About "William B. Seabrook"

    1. William B. Seabrook

      William Buehler Seabrook was a journalist and explorer whose interest in the occult lead him across the globe where he studied magic rituals, trained as a witch doctor, and famously ate human flesh, likening it to veal Despite his studious accounts of magical practices, he insisted he had never seen anything which could not be explained rationally.His book on witchcraft is notable for its thoughtful focus on arch occultist Aleister Crowley, who stayed at Seabrook s home for a short time.

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    1. The Magic Island supposedly introduced the zombie to the west, which is why I decided to read it The early zombie flicks definitely reflect the racial tension and American paternalism of Seabrook s travelogue There is weird mix of disregard and respect for Haitians in his tone The illustrations are horribly racist, so much so that I had to fold the pages because I felt really gross for looking at them Seabrook supports the idea of overall white superiority and condescends to black Haitians But h [...]


    2. Unlike vampire movies, which can all be said to owe their existence to the novel Dracula, there never was one major zombie novel However, this book was very influential, and inspired many early zombie films, such as White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi Exactly how accurate the book is, is a separate issue.


    3. This is a really good book if you are in to travel literature type stuff The book covers a long trip to Haiti by Mr Seabrook and his various adventures upon the island In the first part of the book you get alot of good first had account of voodoo rituals and songs In the second major part of the book you get the rest of his adventures throughout the island with a variety of people American and Haitian with stories which cover politics, history, and just everyday life Nothing in the book is borin [...]


    4. I have read a number of editions of this book This edition doesn t have the photos quite interesting or the horrifically racist illustrations of the late 20 s and early 30 s editions The book has also has been reprinted a number of times under several different titles jungle magicEtc The major flaw with this book is the inherently racist slate and its leanings on the sensational A great read but take the anthropology information with a grain of salt This is not a definitive text or even a very g [...]


    5. I have read a number of editions of this book This edition doesn t have the photos quite interesting or the horrifically racist illustrations of the late 20 s and early 30 s editions The book has also has been reprinted a number of times under several different titles jungle magicEtc The major flaw with this book is the inherently racist slate and its leanings on the sensational A great read but take the anthropology information with a grain of salt This is not a definitive text or even a very g [...]


    6. I found this book at a library book sale and was delighted to read about the author s descriptions of a little written about part of the world during the 1920s I wouldn t judge it on it s political correctness as the term didn t even exist in the 1920 s did it What s fascinating is the idea that this book introduced the concept of zombies to western culture Think about that next time you watch Walking Dead The author himself was a fascinatingly bizarre character who tragically ended up committin [...]


    7. An enjoyable and engaging read about Haiti in the 1920 s Some of the essays are realistic, some sensationalistic, calling into question the reliability of the account, despite the author s repeated claims that they are true Less sensationalistic than many other books on Voudou Contains exciting travel, political and adventure writing Seabrook veers far off the political correctness trail, but it could have been much worse for 1929 Appalling illustrations.


    8. I have the 1929 edition of this book recently acquired was my great grandfather s and it definitely has some very interesting illustrations can t wait to read it



    9. I am not looking forward to reading this, but probably should as I begin the whole revision process I m sure there will be a review


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