Books: Dot Ole Davil Voodoo

THE CROSS OF BARON SAMEDI (502 pp.)—Richard Dohrman—Houghton Miff I In ($4.50).

This is a promising first novel that breaks a lot of its promises. It promises a richly informative account of voodoo and the Haitian mind and temper, but much of it is just tom-tommyrot. It promises distinction of thought, but a jungle growth of involuted sentences often chokes meaning in mannerism. It promises a clash between the life of instinct and the life-in-death of inhibition, but the conflict is reduced to a kind of nagging suburbanality about a dissatisfied wife. Still,...

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