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Cane by Jean Toomer
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Sep 10, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, american-lit, best-novels, christ-church, re-read, southern-lit, african-american-lit

“Cane” blew me away. Southern literature, in my opinion, contains some of the most powerful and immortal books in the American literary canon. The dark, enchanted history of the South brings forth ample material for colorful characters and complex social issues. Novels born in the South are born out of and into its troubled past–a landscape fraught with the difficult union of charmed myth and bloody reality. Toomer taps into the tragic legacy of slavery to write one of the best, most enduring novels about the African-American experience in the South. It’s beautiful, it’s graphic, it’s disturbing, it’s compelling–it’s everything a novel should be.

READ IF: You want to read one of the most outstanding books in American literature. Not even kidding.
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