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Old Creole Days

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  99 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Stories reflect Creole way of life during the transitory post-Civil War period.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published January 31st 1991 by Pelican Publishing Company (first published 1879)
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Donna
Jul 31, 2011 Donna rated it liked it
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Fly in amber of a place and time. A bit hard to follow because some dialogue written in dialect. When the Creoles are speaking French to each other, it's in standard English. If they're speaking English it's written in dialect. It took me a while to be able to hear them. There is a lot here about the careful measurements of racial composition. Many plots turn on the possibility of 'mixing' occurring or having occurred. Though some witness or document usually shows up to prove it wasn't really so ...more
Paul Haspel
Apr 20, 2015 Paul Haspel rated it it was amazing
Old New Orleans is truly George Washington Cable’s main character. To be sure, the great Louisiana writer of the late 19th century populates his short stories with fictive personages who possess fascinating characteristics and do interesting things; but what ultimately gives Cable’s work its power is the painstaking accuracy with which he conveys not only the physical locale, but also the spirit, of the fascinating and multicultural city of New Orleans.

The term “Creole” deserves some attention h
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Susan Marie  Molloy
Feb 27, 2017 Susan Marie Molloy rated it it was ok
This book was difficult reading due to some of the characters’ voices written in dialect and some of the same background not written in dialect. It made for confusing reading.

Each chapter is written like a short story, and that reminded me of James Joyce’s “The Dubliners,” which I liked. Nonetheless, “Old Creole Days” left me flat.
Eileen Tsai
Dec 27, 2016 Eileen Tsai rated it it was amazing
Beautiful writing
Jeremy
Jan 05, 2012 Jeremy rated it liked it
This is a collection of stories from George W Cable originally published in 1879 and reproduced using the same type face.I suspect that most of the originals of this book would have been lost to the floods after hurricane Katrina so re-publication has to be a good thing. The stories provide a fascinating insight to the society of New Orleans at the time with the segregation of communities that existed - if not overtly then due to the rankings and strata's of society - as well as painting a prose ...more
Catherine Siemann
Sep 08, 2011 Catherine Siemann rated it really liked it
Shelves: victorians
Even in the nineteenth century, New Orleans was a subject for nostalgia. Areas that are now largely tourist dominated were then fading French- and Spanish-speaking quarters. Mixed-race women and the quadroon balls figure prominently here, so race and gender issues are, perhaps unsurprisingly, both predominant and often problematic, though Cable himself was strongly pro-civil rights. Plots are often predictable, and there's even one that Cable uses twice. But these stories are fascinating, and th ...more
Monte Lamb
Mar 14, 2014 Monte Lamb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Short stories set in old New Orleans. Some of the stories were not so interesting to me, but you could definitely feel the flavor of the city and people with their language. The stories about the quadroons and other issues of race were pretty good. You get a sense of how the folks thought and how the laws affected the people and how they mixed. The vernacular was well represented and it sounds like you would hear a native speak today.
John
Mar 21, 2015 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, mexico
Book was a series of stories taking place in New Orleans before the civil war. The author created some very good characters, all being Mulattos , but the stories did not have endings it seemed to me. He was obsessed with the laws against mixed marriages and the hiding of ones racial makeup. but well written.
Rick
Apr 26, 2012 Rick rated it really liked it
It is an interesting book written in dialect, especially Creole patois. I found this manner difficult, in that I was distracted by the dialect. The stories are interesting and give a sense of New Orleans in the early 19th century.
Seth
Feb 24, 2008 Seth rated it it was amazing
The story "Cafe des Exiles", and this collection of stories in general, makes me miss New Orleans terribly ... not that I do not most of the time anyway.
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George Washington Cable was an American novelist notable for the realism of his portrayals of Creole life in his native Louisiana.
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