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Cane River

de Lalita Tademy

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Cane River is an epic novel about the strength and determination of four generations of African-American women whose journey from slavery to freedom begins on a Creole plantation in Louisiana.
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I loved this book. The complexities of interracial-intercultural relationships, especially as it involves inequality and slavery, goes back to the beginning of time, but has been too little explored. My own mixed Native American/Illinois pioneer squatter roots are hard to trace precisely because people at the time hid the 'unsavory' truths of their origins and identified with the dominant culture. I reached out to the author years ago after reading this, an excellent book I highly recommend. ( )
  RonSchulz | Jun 24, 2022 |
This book is the factionalized version of the author’s family history. It was based on a great deal of research and detail. However I had a really hard time keeping track of the characters. Perhaps it was not a good choice to listen to it instead of reading a hard copy. ( )
  AstridG | Nov 11, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
4.5/5

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  RamblingBookNerd | Jun 5, 2019 |
3.5 stars This book was interesting. I enjoy genealogy and this book was the genealogy of a family in Louisiana. Elizabeth, a slave from VA was sold to a family in Louisiana. She was the house cook. Her man was Gerasime, a field hand, but he also was a skilled fiddler. I believe he was Indian and they had children.
Their daughter Suzette worked in the house with her mom, but was also companion to the white niece. Suzette was raped by a French man, a friend of the family. She was a teen, about fourteen if I recall. She ended up with two children from this jerk. He finally left her alone, going to live with a free woman of color.
Suzetter gave birth to Philomene who also worked in the house, when the war came and the slaves were freed. Philomene has "visions" and could see snippets of the future. She used this to her benefit or detriment, depending on how you view the situation. A white man started staring at her when she was about 10. This is a grown man. Can you say perv? She tried to marry herself a young black man whom she loved, but this perv, Narcisse interfered. He eventually told her she could come to him willingly or not but he would still have her. She used her "visions" to manipulate him to care for her and their many kids, eight. Her behaviour reminded me of a woman on welfare calling to find out how much more money she could get a month if she had another baby, or perhaps a shrewd prostitute. This may seem harsh, but she wasn't a slave nor was she stupid. I think she could have found a better way to deal with the situation.
After reading this story, Louisiana felt like it was it's own world; speaking French and being told by the community what was acceptable or not.
Which leads me to Emily; their eldest. She was spoilt. And Narcisse didn't want the Carpetbaggers (northerners) telling him how to raise or educate, (public education), his children. Emily learned to read and write.
The women seemed to be fixated on color. And as Elizabeth called it, the "bleaching of the line". It didn't end with Emily either. She chose a French man. Her daughter, Angelite, chose a French man. All teenage mothers, unmarried, and illegitmate children. Wouldn't it have been better to marry a black man and be happy instead of being so focused on the color of your child's skin?
Emily's man Joseph had promised to never leave her or their children, but the "night riders" started making visits to white men and pulling them out of bed in the night, burning their property, threatening, sometimes doing bodily harm.
How is it that the slavery institution allowed this same behavior of micegenation, but after the civil war, cowards started taking the law into their own hands to keep "evil" out of their community? Who were these "night riders"? And all of this strife could have been avoided if these perverts had maintained their lust.
Emily had two daughters, Josephine and Mary, whom never married because Emily didn't deem any black men worthy of them and they couldn't marry white. Josephine is quoted as to have said, 'if I would have known now what I didn't know then, I would have married the blackest man I could have found and had a bunch of babies.' My heart aches for her.
A lot of the heartaches this family endured were because of the choices of Philomene and Emily, who were so focused on color. (and of course the idiot white men raping these poor girls, as I mentioned above).
Suzette had told her daughter Philomene when they were both women about the racism of all;
the slaves against each other; house and field, etc. a poignant moment. She was angry at a man she had manipulated for years. She didn't consider herself complicit. Was it easier to think of herself as a victim in all situations?
This book had me fascinated with all kinds of things, like how do the natives say Natchitoches? nah-codish or nak-uh-dish, depending on who you ask. What is their accent? Do the French speakers have the same accent in English?
I loved the pictures and copies of records included by the author.
All of the members of the family were beautiful. I do wish a picture of Bet had been available. Also, Eva looks very Samoan to me. Does anyone else think so?
The end of the book in 1936 with Emily going into town to a store saddened me, but I'm glad the author included it. The book is very thought provoking on many levels and well worth the time to read it, especially if you like genealogy. ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
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