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2020 Book Review: The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis

I’ve never been able to finish the movie version of this book. I wanted to and knew about it before I knew it was a book, but for whatever reason I just couldn’t make it through. The book I’ve read several times and recommended it several times to people wanting to know about ‘real zombies’ or ‘voodoo’.

It reads like an adventure story, some action flick, but the pictures and the personal stories of those that had been made into zombie slaves and ‘came back’ were the most interesting to me. It stirred the researcher in me, and I investigated into the topic a great deal. It’s one of the first books that really set me off in wanting to know the ‘truths of the world’.

The scare factor lies in that with science it is possible to do something like this to another person. To make them ‘a zombie slave’. The idea, today, of zombies are undead corpses attacking the living and either changing them or killing them completely, but the true fear lies not in that for me, but the fact you’re moving through life aware of things, but so out of it you are losing your will to change it.

With that being said beyond the Haitian voodoo it’s sad on how many people day to day ‘zombie out’, even I’ve had my days of just going through the motions of everyday life because things just have to be done, but that still doesn’t compare truly to what the claims in the book have said. The man with the scar next to his mouth caused by a nail going into the lid of his coffin, unable to move or scream out, but aware what was happening. Heartbreaking.

A must-read!


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.

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