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By Hugh B. Cave

An odd younger guy, Barry Clinton. not like so much younger missionaries, who got here to the island to avoid wasting souls, this one had include a belligerent skepticism and a riding selection to conflict affliction and starvation.

He had come to the Ile du Vent with a Bible and some meager scientific provides, able to make the little Caribbean island a greater position during which to live.

The pass at the Drum is the tale of the unusual friendship of Barry Clinton and Catus Laroche, excessive priest of vodun, the savage, ritualistic faith which no white guy had ever dared defy. It tells of the tormented, embittered passions of the opposite islanders—white and black—and how they undermined the bond among those males, altering their mutual appreciate into brooding, vengeful hatred, and turning the island's drowsy, sunlit tranquility right into a feverish, drum-pounding battleground.

Hugh B. Cave, whose wisdom and deep realizing of lifestyles and customs within the West Indies uncommon his previous works, has written right here an explosive, dramatic novel of Christianity and voodoo on a Caribbean island.

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