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Publisher's Summary

In this penetrating study, Carl Brasseaux looks beyond long-standing mythology to provide a critical account of early Acadian culture in Louisiana and the reasons for its survival. He convincingly dispels many received notions about the routes Acadians traveled from Nova Scotia to Louisiana, their original settlement sites, and the patterns of their subsequent migrations within the state, and closely examines the relations of Louisiana's Acadians with their black, Spanish, Indian, and Creole neighbors. As Brasseaux reveals, Acadians' cohesiveness and insularity preserved the core elements of their culture and helped them adjust to new physical and social demands.

©1987 Louisiana State University Press (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A contribution of the highest order. It will undoubtedly remain the defiitive study of the Acadians for many years to come." ( Journal of American Studies)

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Narrator does not fit the book.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I was very disappointed that the narrator was not from Louisiana. To hear it read with the accent only a native of South or Southwest Louisiana could give to this story would have made it sound authentic. The person narrating it as very little expression... almost monotone.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He is not a native from South or Southwest Louisiana. His northern accent and almost matter-of-fact details read with almost a monotone made it very dry reading, whereas a native of South or Southwest Louisiana would have given it a more interesting and believable. Whoever made the decision to use this narrator was badly informed.

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Boring

This is not what I was hoping for. I could not stay with the book due to the authors pension for dates times places (by the old names), planting of crops and what grew where all of which really of no interest to me. I could not make myself finish the book.

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Tremendous

This book is exceptionally well organized. You can read it front to back and enjoy it or you can keep it for reference book and you will never be disappointed. It covers the entire Cajun experience from beginning to present day. I love this book and it help me much of my writing a novel.

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The Cajun Story 1600-1803

This is wonderful. It tells of how some Frenchmen came to live in Acadia.
It tells how these Acadian came to live life there. It tells how these Acadian were forced to leave and the hardships they faced in diaspora. It tells how they came together again in South Louisiana.
It tells how these Cajuns first thrived amongst the swamps and prairies.
It tells of strong families, innate stubbornness, and joy that still mark these beautiful people.

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  • Thomas
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Good overall review

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A good overall view of the history if Acadia and the Acadians. Good reader - some repeating of information but it helps keep up with the story. I look forward to more from this writer.

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Origins of the Cajuns

What did you like best about this story?

I already knew that the French has colonized the area around northern Maine and that it was called Arcadia. I did not know that many of the Arcadians emigrated to Louisiana in the mid 1700's after the British took the territory from the French. The book carries the story into the early 1800's.

Sometimes history seems like a jigsaw puzzle with pieces always missing. I enjoyed having some of the empty spaces filled by this book.

What about Aaron Henkin and Aaron Henkin ’s performance did you like?

The reader spoke precisely and I believe he did a good job pronouncing French and Spanish words.

Any additional comments?

At the end of the book, the author explains his own Cajun background. I had already suspected this was true but it really helped complete the book by hearing some of his own experiences.