Engrossing Saga about Haiti’s struggle for freedom

  • Book: The Sons and Daughters of Toussaint
  • Location: Haiti
  • Author: Keith Madsen

Review Author: Carol LaHines



The novel depicts the Haitian struggle for freedom from founding to present day — from Touissant’s struggles against the French, as vividly depicted in the tense chess match between the Haitian and the French first consul, to the struggles of his descendant Isaac Breda and his wife as they attempt to carry on his message of nonviolent revolution. The story of Isaac’s forebears is interwoven with that of his present-day descendant, the struggles of the past made palpable and informing those of the present-day. It is evident that the author is well-versed in the particulars of Haitian history, expertly detailing intrigues among early compatriots like Dessaline and Henri Christophe and their competing visions for the country as well as pivotal battles in the battle for Haitian Independence like that at Ravine-à-Couleuvres.

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