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Posted July 8, 2004
Obviously, a lot of time and research, but....
This book was a difficult read for me for several reasons. The biggest however was the fact that I just felt absolutely nothing for the main character, which made it difficult to finish. But finish it I did. I couldn't help but blame the character for all his woes. Everything that happens is pretty much his fault and a direct result of his own bad (very bad) decisions. When I don't like the central character, it is always difficult for me to enjoy a book. I realize that a lot of research went into this book, I only wish that Stone included more of his voodoo knowledge to me, the reader. I know nothing about voodoo and after reading this book, I know even less. I needed more information, which was just not there for me to fully comprehend the events and happenings and meanings in this novel. I'm sure I missed a lot due to my lack of knowledge...but knowing that the author had that knowledge and didn't expound on it in this book....well, that's basically, my point. Write it and tell me, show me what those names and facts mean. There's a lot of info in this book, but it fell on deaf ears...so to speak. I did however enjoy the patterns woven in this book, which was why I gave it 3 stars and not 2. The recurring images and themes were well done and actually pretty interesting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 22, 2003
Question? Can Voodoo change a life!!!
Robert Stone's new book, BAY OF SOULS is a very interesting novel in its rather factual revelations on a rarely discussed religion: Voodoo aka Vudun etc. This writer studied Voodoo at the State University at Stony Brook Graduate School. As the Commanding Officer of the 77th Precinct [NYPD] in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, I studied and wrote articles on Voodoo in Urban Antropology, including 'Saturday Night Voodoo; Sunday Morning Mass', for US CATHOLIC Magzine. Robert Stone did his homework; his understanding of Voodoo is excellent, as is his book, 'Bay of Souls.' The book is a thriller; a page turner; an outstanding read. Yes! Voodoo is out there in the most unlikely places andd churches. My personal THANKS Robert Stone:Well Done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.