The Serpent and the Rainbow

The Serpent and the Rainbow

by E. Wades Davis


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The Serpent and the Rainbow combines anthropological investigation with a remarkable personal adventure to illuminate and finally explain a phenomenon that has long fascinated Americans.

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ISBN-13: 9780671502478
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/1986
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

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The Serpent and the Rainbow 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
I initially became interested in this book after writing an adventure novel set in 1935 Haiti which contained a fictionalized account of voodoo. Naturally I was drawn to the Wade Davis's Serpent and the Rainbow. Containing close to 300 pages with fast-paced chapters I found this to be a great value. Not only does it satisfy a person seeking an adventure novel (which it is) or as a guide to native cultures and anthropology (does this too) but also as a sort of mystery. Indeed a murder mystery whereby the victims refuse to play their roles and keep returning from the dead! I understand that since the publication of this book, some in the scientific community want to dismiss this important work. Until these skeptics spend the time, energy and effort that was expended by Wade Davis in his epic search for the truth; it would be my suggestion that they study a bit more in order to catch up. The casual reader as well as the research type will enjoy this well made book. I greatly appreciate the work the author put into this material. And finally, to agree with the other reviewers - No, this is not at all like the movie. I can also recommend an oldie but goodie - Voodoo Fire in Haiti I hope you find my opinion helpful. Michael L. Gooch Author of Wingtips with Spurs
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
Rating: 3.5 stars The Serpent and the Rainbow is a somewhat slow first-hand account of the search for the truth behind zombis. Wade Davis weaves together mysticism, ethnobotony, anthropology and history. Overall, it was a pretty interesting tale Wade wove. I especially enjoyed learning some of the history of Haiti and her African roots. There were parts though that bored me. The movie is much more exciting, but if you're interested in the real story written by the man himself you should read the book.
Emia More than 1 year ago
An informative read, but ocassionaly rambling and dull.
aestrea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was not only a great and entertaining read, but packed full of wonderful, accurate first-hand information. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for an interesting fun read or looking to learn more about the culture of Haiti and the religion of Vodou.
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Snacksthemaster More than 1 year ago
This Book by Wade Davis, a professor at Harvard is a very good book for reading and general information about voodoo. I like the mix of science and reilgion, and the paradox of freewill and to think this book is not fiction but nonfiction and really happen. Now if anyone is like me and read alot and expand one,s intellect then this book is the one for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can get a bit repetitive at times.