Fritznel D Octave, with his vibrant stream of research and shrewd critical analysis, puts forward the brutal history of Haiti. He welcomes students, scholars and enthusiasts who are eager to learn and acknowledge the untiring struggles, unshakable determination and irreplaceable efforts of the Haitian Heroes.
Sharing every bit of the details of the nation’s traumatic history, Fritznel D Octave is keen to discuss, analyze and critically judge the future of Haiti on political and socio economics grounds. Guiding readers to unshackle their chains of slavery, he aims to motivate, encourage and educate readers to bring about a much-needed change in Haiti.
There are many unheard, heart-wrenching stories of Haitians from the beginning of their civilization to the current scenarios. Here you are going to discover who the great revolutionists were. Their struggles depict unshakable courage which should be praised and inspired to make the lives of Haitians better than it is now. Fritznel D Octave aims to showcase underreported and emerging stories of Haiti with pure clarity, transparency and utmost positivity.
The book takes you through the disastrous history of Haiti and its period of brutal slavery. Fritznel D Octave pays homage to late Pastor Leslie George Harris, a Jamaican native who fell in love with the people of northwestern Haiti, along with Jean Léopold Dominique, and Père Jean-Mary Vincent- The True Haitians.He presents the pathbreaking study of the political, and cultural situation of Haiti along with the philosophical significance of the Haitian Revolutions. Presenting powerful arguments to break through the century-old fears, the book breathes with hope and profound courage.
Fritznel D. Octave, a veteran journalist, stays actively involved to broadcast the overshadowed and undermined history of Haiti. His work depicts his perspicacious approaches, extensive research, and a deep understanding of human psychology.
“This book presents the raw face of Haitian history. The critical arguments are based on factual and realistic grounds. It’s an amazing read.”
“The finest craft I’ve read in ages. The way this book unfolds some underrated glimpses of history is overwhelming to phathom. How Fritznel D Octave has raised significant drawbacks of Haitians motivating them to fight for rights is truly commendable.”
“This book rightly tells about the unmatched efforts and courage of Haitian Heros. The stories of bravery, resilience and perseverance of revolutionists inspired me to my core.”
Haiti Between Pestilence and Hope: The Progressive Ideals from the Revolution of 1804
Set the Pace
Fritznel D. Octave
Gatekeeper Press, 362 pages, (paperback) $14.99, 9781662923777
(Reviewed: October 2022)
Examining Haiti’s unique past and troubled present, Fritznel D. Octave takes a proud but
concerned look at his native land, proposing a way past the country’s poverty and civil strife.
The author begins by proposing a different way of seeing Haiti. While acknowledging its many
problems, he bemoans an image of Haiti as a perpetual victim, unnoticed by the world except
when it’s struck by natural disaster or political violence. Octave wants readers to also consider
the rich resources of its land and generous character of its people, and to respect the epochal
achievement of its founding revolution, which ended colonial rule and slavery.
Nonetheless, today the country is crippled by poverty and torn by strife, even compared to
Caribbean neighbors with similar histories. In identifying culprits for the country’s poverty and
instability, the author doesn’t neglect U.S. and European imperialism, but places less blame on
foreign countries for pursuing their own pragmatic interests than on Haiti’s leaders for
Due to such a long pattern of misrule, Octave believes, the Haitian people have adopted self defeating attitudes.
Politics has become a winner-take-all game, with charismatic leaders
favored over stable institutions. To illustrate this state of dysfunction, the author delivers a close
look at modern Haitian politics, culminating in President Jovenel Moise’s 2021 assassination.
The book isn’t despairing in tone, however, nor is it entirely given over to politics. Octave
sprinkles nuggets of homespun Haitian wisdom throughout, in the form of proverbs like “bad
teeth only have strength to eat banana” or “chickens are always right over cockroaches.” Having
diagnosed Haiti’s ills, he also offers cures, though perhaps inevitably these are less specific.
They include large-scale improvements in education, energy, and transportation. Less
concretely, he calls for “unity, responsibility, accountability, and good leadership.”
Although Octave certainly doesn’t have answers to all the questions he raises, his insider’s
perspective on a country often seen from the outside deserves consideration from Haitians and
concerned non-Haitians alike.
Also available in hardcover and ebook.