Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau

Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau

by Jewell P. Rhodes


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312119317
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 01/15/1995
Edition description: REV
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 307,182
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Jewell Parker Rhodes is a professor of American literature and creative writing at Arizona State University. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Award in Fiction, she lives with her husband and two children in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LoverOfLit More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an awesome read. The rich depiction of Voodoo and the depth of the characters made this a wonderful piece of literature. If anything, I would've loved to see more about the life of Marie Laveau that matches research; such as: her marriage, children, occupations etc....nonetheless, definitely worth reading.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marie Laveau was a powerful, legendary figure in 19th Century New Orleans--despite being a "woman of color" in that day and age in the South. A fascinating figure, but not a fascinating book, I think because Marie never comes into focus for me or feels convincing. This Marie is too passive, too much a victim whose fate is determined by others, and the story doesn't fit with what I know of Laveau, the daughter of a white planter and free Creole born in the French Quarter who married Jacques Paris at twenty-five--not sixteen. I think something in the style also put me off. The prose is often sensuous and the setting rendered vividly, but she bounces around perspectives, "head-hopping" and has way too much fondness for the rhetorical question. But I think that's rather minor compared to my feeling that the character Rhodes created bears no resemblance at all to a historical figure in what is supposed to be a biographical novel.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book I have ever read. I can't get enough of it. I have studied many different religions including that of the VooDoo persuasion and I must admitt that this book brings out a lot of the forgotten aspects of this amazing religion. Marie is a strong woman who knows what she wants. Back in the times that this book took place women were treated as pieces of meat as was she. then she turns around and shows that she can be stronger without being held back because of a man. I give her much credit. I would have to say that this book is a must read, even if you are not into Voodoo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. From the very moment I picked it up, I was hooked. As soon as I finished, I flipped from the last page to the first page and started it again. I didn't want the story to end. I have never enjoyed reading a book more than I did this. Please read it. I recommend it to anyone that can read!