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Crawfish Mountain: A Novel

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  105 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Ken Wells’s highly acclaimed picaresque Catahoula Bayou novels introduced “one of the most compelling voices in fiction of the last decade” (Los Angeles Times). Now Wells is back, writing about his favorite subject–the exotic, beleaguered Louisiana wetlands–in a sharp, rollicking tale of corporate corruption and political shenanigans. The fight over one man’s tract of sacr ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 23rd 2007 by Random House (first published October 1st 2007)
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Laura Cushing
May 15, 2012 Laura Cushing rated it really liked it
This tale of wetlands preservationists and Big Oil duking it out in the Louisiana bayous was very well written. The message was clear, but not preachy, and the story was very entertaining.

The 'Guv' , and Julie were my favorite love story in the book , though there were several - and the warm ties of friendship and family shone through.

There's even a reference to Junior from one of the author's other books, Junior's Leg, in passing- so if you read very carefully you'll learn what he's been up to
Gail Lipe
Jan 28, 2014 Gail Lipe rated it liked it
The political struggle between the oil company and the environmental impacts of planned work was very interesting to me. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the bayous and marshes, and the information about how their degradation impacts farther inland. The characters were very believable, and Wells did a good job writing.

There were two things I didn't particularly care for: The amount of graphic information about one of the character's sex life, and the fact that the story just ended. There was q
May 06, 2015 Kkraemer rated it liked it
The story of the little guy vs. the big guy is told here, with details about the bayou country, money movement between deep pockets, big oil, lying, cheating, stealing, fishing, and surprisingly tender romances. It's a classic story, told with just enough outrage to let the reader know that, while the book is fictional, it's also true.

Wells draws a great cast of characters (who doesn't love to hate a guy with a Napoleonic complex?) and descriptions of the bayou that make you ache to stand on a b
Feb 01, 2008 Gay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, humor, thriller
After finishing this book I did a little research on Ken Wells and just as I thought, the fictional "Black Bayou" community is patterned on my home town of Houma. The French names such at Petrie were, of course, familiar as they are all over the Cajun Bayou, but when the author mentioned "Ellinder" I knew. I was born in Ellinder Hospital in Houma!

I also discovered that Ken Wells worked as a journalist in Florida which explains the tone and genre of the book. Remember how I said "This book remin
Feb 19, 2008 Suzon rated it liked it
Recommends it for: camille; claire; marguerite ardoin; vanessa
Shelves: louisiana
I had a great time reading this book, as I was vey familiar with the locale and culture in which it takes place; I'm not sure what my reaction would have been if I were not. It was, in any case, a fun story with a vey important message. I hope that this book helps to achieve broader recognition of the serious problem of the loss of the La. wetlands.

I think that the portrayal of the cajun culture was accurate, but it was laid on a little thick; e.g. every meal eaten in So. La. is not seafood or g
Nov 20, 2007 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Without being preachy, Wells has created an argument for coastal wetlands preservation in southern Louisiana. As with his other books, he has introduced a colorful cast of characters and kept the plot moving along at a nice pace. He has also demonstrated what needs to happen for wilderness preservation/conservation projects to really take off -- a meeting of the minds between varied interest groups, who normally might not have too much in common, in the efforts of protecting a resource that they ...more
Terry Roper
Feb 04, 2016 Terry Roper rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the audiobook!
Beth Yeary
Tried to get through this book a second time. Still boring.
Jan 21, 2009 Jan rated it did not like it
I had read Meely LaBauve by Ken Wells and liked the style, so I thought I'd read another of his books. This was not nearly up to the standard. It could have been written by a high school student who knew Louisana well. What a disappointment. I stuck with it and read the whole thing, but I can't understand why I did. Characters were shallow, dialog was silly and predictable. The ending was the worst! Everything fit so neatly it made me sick!
May 13, 2008 Heathercan rated it liked it
I'm not sure what attracted me to the book but I enjoyed it somewhat, mostly for the exploration of Louisiana culture. It's an entertaining book that is suspenseful but it's over the top with the message it's trying to get across: protection of LA's wetlands. I totally agree with that but I like authors to be more subtle with their agendas.
Dec 21, 2008 Vic rated it really liked it
A sweet story that takes place in Louisiana. It has a satisfying and hopelessly romantic ending. Written in the style of Carl Hiaasen's book of Florida corruption amidst heartwarming stories, Wells pulls off the same tone and feel. It almost made me interested in taking an up close look at the swamps. Almost.
Nov 15, 2012 Mmb rated it really liked it
I enjoy Ken Wells a lot and this book was a fun read, but not as wacky and wild as his LeBauve trilogy which includes one of my all time favorites--Junior's Leg. Crawfish Mountain was a very environmentally conscious book in the style of Hiassen.
Nov 15, 2009 Katie rated it liked it
Another to add to my list of books that I've read recently with a little too much going on for one story. The characters were a little to stereotypical Cajun, but it was still an interesting read.
Jan 28, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: stuff-i-read
Very charming tale of a small city in Bayou country. Big-city politics mix with backwoods heros. Ken Wells is very familiar with his characters and can paint an excellent portrait.
Mary Z : )
Oct 21, 2012 Mary Z : ) rated it did not like it
I LOVED Ken Wells' Meely LeBauve trilogy, and was hoping this one showed the same excellent storytelling skill. The storyline wasn't my cup of tea (or Community coffee, for that matter).
Aug 18, 2010 Valerie rated it liked it
A political, satirical pageturner about a serious subject - read for Bill's reading group at the time of the oil spill in the Gulf - totally unplanned timing but very appropriate.
Nancy Bradli
May 27, 2012 Nancy Bradli rated it really liked it
The ending was a bit contrived but overall a good read. Great description of the bayous of Louisiana as well as of the Cajun people. Very entertaining as well as informative.
Feb 10, 2008 Fay rated it did not like it
The author had a good story line with the oil companies versus the marsh. But, he over-did the Louisiana politics and the characters. The story was too far-fetched.
Feb 19, 2008 Deborah rated it really liked it
This book is pretty slow to start. Eventually, (about 2/3rds into the book it gets very good. It just takes awhile to get there.
Sep 11, 2008 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good ole'boys meet Oil Co. politics and greed in La. Real good so far.I finished it and am still of the same opinion.It was fun
Apr 18, 2010 Jeffschaffer rated it liked it
It wasn't quite the zaniness of Carl Hiaasen but not a bad Cajun version of that fun, with good guys to root for.
Jun 03, 2008 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ppl from Louisiana
Shelves: fiction, audiobooks
I would only read this book if you are really into Louisiana politics or the oil industry. I didn't care much for it.
Mary Kay
May 13, 2009 Mary Kay rated it really liked it
This book has it all - romance, suspense, environmental issues, gorgeous scenery & some really bad guys.
Mar 17, 2010 Alice rated it really liked it
This book was great. If you know anything about Cajun life, you will get a real kick out of it.
Jun 02, 2008 Joel rated it it was amazing
Great book, easy read. Think Cajuns would appreciate this one.
Oct 29, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
A little predictable but still a good night stand book
Liz rated it liked it
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