Amid small farmhouses and a tightly knit community of French-speaking slaves, free people of color, and whites, Tademy's great-great-great-great-grandmother Elisabeth would bear both a proud heritage and the yoke of slavery. Her youngest daughter, Suzette, would be the first to discover the promise - and heartbreak of freedom. Suzette's strong-willed daughter Philomene would use determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard-of economic independence. And Emily, Philomene's spirited daughter, would fight to secure her children's just due and preserve their future against dangerous odds.
©2001 by Lalita Tademy; All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks (Packaging Elements Only), A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing
An Oprah Book Club Selection
"Melodic voices and elegant description of four generations of African-American women lull you into the past and bring you into the rich, textured lives of the Derbanne family." (AudioFile)
The readers of the book were engaging. The story line was descriptive and filled with historical detail that captured the imagination. The story was easy to follow.
Wonderful story and narration. As a white women, I felt a part of this family. I would have given 5 stars except that it ends abruptly. It seemed as if the author just ran out of paper.
"It's a good one."
I read this because it was on Oprah's list, and it deserved to be. Interesting insight and perspective of the lives of African-Americans before and after the Civil War and slavery. Thought provoking as well as entertaining. Good narration.
"Battle between white and colour...."
I was alittle hesitant about this book. But knowing it was on Oprahs list I thought I'd give it a try. Absolutely believable. A fascinating listen about a family of 'coloured' people and their struggle to become 'normal and accepted'in the late 1800's/1900's. Whilst listening you feel yourself becoming a part of this family and hoping that they would win the battle between white and coloured people. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Started alittle slow I thought but definately glad I continued, infact found myself not wanting to 'put it down'!!
Cane River is a wonderfully thought-provoking book. The descriptions of the people and the places are very vivid. It is interesting to compare the dynamics of today's society to the groundwork laid out in this piece of fiction. It was very real. Well worth the download.
This is a great story. The author blends history and drama together beautifully.
"A story of strong women"
If you're listening to this book while driving, it's the kind of book that will make you want to sit in your car in the garage even after you've arrived home because you're not ready to stop listening.
"Wonderful period piece"
No, but not because it was not a great book. Loved this book--very informative about the differences in attitudes towards slaves in Catholic Louisiana as opposed to the rest of the deep south,
Color Purple easily comes to mind.
There were 3. I cannot understand the need for 3 different narrators. Shari Bellafonte narrated most of it--and was wonderful. The other narrators were not as good,
I hate to be the first to leave a bad review so I will be mild. This book was so predictable. It was very well read but the story itself was average, there were too many characters to get involved with any single one.
"Cane River Negri Genealogy"
This is my second go round and I think it should be required reading in the schools.
"A little slow!"
I did not get what I expected with this book it seemed to drag. The characters all kind of ran together in my opinion. I would not recommend it.
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