A very much abbreviated version of Seabrook's Magic Island. Represented here as a sort of OH NOES VOODOO! tome which is disappointing as it's at odds with the intent.

Throughout - though there is a big dose of noble savage idealism and casual low-level racism going on - Seabrook works to experience Haitian life and record it rather than judge it. He's much less interested in comparing the culture to white culture - except once (in this edit) and whites come off worse.

Full of anecdotes in a style you'd imagine from a '20s travelogue. Unlike others, Seabrook spent much time on the island and had, it seems, not much problem befriending people his peers would've seen as below their station. Ignore the rabble-rousing cover and you'll be fine.