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This book is charged from the start with the violence and posturing of blood sport, as Wucker observes her first Haitian cockfight: "The air cracks with the impact of stiffened feathers as each bird tries to push the other to the ground. Around the ring, the Haitian men shout to one another and wave dirty wads of gourdes in the air, seeking bets.... Soon, the feathers of both cocks are slick with blood." Popular in both countries, these fights become a totemic image for the author, who finds in them, as in the many clashes between Hispaniola's two cultures, "both division and community, opposite sides of the same coin." This is a fine historical primer, buoyed along by Wucker's graceful, observant prose style. --Maria Dolan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great read and great insight. The history of the island of Hispaniola is incredibly complex. I appreciate the writer's non-biased approach to the story. Definitely recommend.Published 18 days ago by Adrian Little
heard her on NPR when the current clash between the two countries broke out recently - and still is going on. !Lastima! Read morePublished 4 months ago by william tudor
Really interesting. It gives in depth details about events and people. It was quite useful for my thesis.Published 6 months ago by Rafa
Although situations between Haiti and DR have changed since this book was first published (I can't find a first publication date) it gives you a factual glimpse into the past... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ana De Menicucci
A moderately useful study on the under-studied relationship between the two nations that inhabit Hispanola in the Caribbean. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Priscilla Stilwell