Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Paperback, 1995




Picador (1995), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages


In mid 19th-century New Orleans, Marie Laveau was the notorious queen of voodoo -- worshiped and feared by blacks and whites alike. Voodoo Dreams reimagines the woman behind this legend, a mesmerizing combination of history and storytelling.

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LibraryThing member LisaMaria_C
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.… (more)


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448 p.; 5.5 inches


0312119313 / 9780312119317

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