Amid small farmhouses and a tightly knit community of French-speaking slaves, free people of color, and whites, Tademy's great-great-great-great-grandmother Elisabeth would bear both a proud heritage and the yoke of slavery. Her youngest daughter, Suzette, would be the first to discover the promise - and heartbreak of freedom. Suzette's strong-willed daughter Philomene would use determination born of tragedy to reunite her family and gain unheard-of economic independence. And Emily, Philomene's spirited daughter, would fight to secure her children's just due and preserve their future against dangerous odds.
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" "Melodic voices and elegant description of four generations of African-American women lull you into the past and bring you into the rich, textured lives of the Derbanne family." (AudioFile)
Wonderful story and narration. As a white women, I felt a part of this family. I would have given 5 stars except that it ends abruptly. It seemed as if the author just ran out of paper.
I read this because it was on Oprah's list, and it deserved to be. Interesting insight and perspective of the lives of African-Americans before and after the Civil War and slavery. Thought provoking as well as entertaining. Good narration.
I was alittle hesitant about this book. But knowing it was on Oprahs list I thought I'd give it a try. Absolutely believable. A fascinating listen about a family of 'coloured' people and their struggle to become 'normal and accepted'in the late 1800's/1900's. Whilst listening you feel yourself becoming a part of this family and hoping that they would win the battle between white and coloured people. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Started alittle slow I thought but definately glad I continued, infact found myself not wanting to 'put it down'!!
Cane River is a wonderfully thought-provoking book. The descriptions of the people and the places are very vivid. It is interesting to compare the dynamics of today's society to the groundwork laid out in this piece of fiction. It was very real. Well worth the download.
If you're listening to this book while driving, it's the kind of book that will make you want to sit in your car in the garage even after you've arrived home because you're not ready to stop listening.
I hate to be the first to leave a bad review so I will be mild. This book was so predictable. It was very well read but the story itself was average, there were too many characters to get involved with any single one.
The story was thought-provoking in many ways.
Possibly. This storyline jumped around a lot which I realize may be necessary when so many characters are involved over such a large timeframe. It just made it hard to follow and I wanted to learn more about specific characters rather than jumping over time periods in their lives.
I thought the reading came across as dull and uninteresting. It was a struggle to finish the book as a result.
The beginning was quite good. And throughout there were good lines that made me take pause.
Im a 39 year old self employed female who does a lot of driving and audiobooks make driving enjoyable for me. I enjoy conteporary and historical fiction as well as fun comedic romances.
Thi sis my first book by this author and I could not turn off my ipod. The story was compelling and interesting and the narration was excellent. A great historical look at bi-racial and master slave relationships during pre and post civil war. I feel like I know this family and look forward to more books by the same author.
Among the top 3
They didn't try to do fancy voices and their natural voices were very soothing
Philomena because she was funny and wise at the same tine
The readers of the book were engaging. The story line was descriptive and filled with historical detail that captured the imagination. The story was easy to follow.
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