Country Focus: Seychelles
The Edge of Eden
By Helen Benedict
Published by Soho Press, 2009.
About the author: Benedict is best known for her reportage on the rape and sexual assault of female soldiers. Her award-winning book The Lonely Soldier inspired the Oscar-nominated documentary The Invisible War.
“What’s a bonhomme de bois? said Zara, who pronounced the Creole she was learning as if it were the French she’d been taught at school. “What’s grigri?” Francis crouched down to tell her in a whisper that sent chills up her arms.
“The bonnonm, he is a mighty wizard. He can put a curse on somebody, he can cure the worst sicknesses, he can make someone love you forever. And the spells he uses, some call this Ti Albert and some call it grigri.”
A real wizard, just like in Daddy’s stories! Right there on their own island! Zara could hardly believe her luck.