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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
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
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
George Washington Cable was an American novelist notable for the realism of his portrayals of Creole life in his native Louisiana.More about George W. Cable...