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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Cane River by Lalita Tademy - A Review by Toni

I just finished Cane River by Lalita Tademy.  My book club read this for our February Selection.  I am not writing an in depth synopsis of this book.  I just want to note that I 100% loved the book.  It is a saga about generations of women living in slavery in pre-civil war, during and after, along the Cane River in Louisiana.  The author researched her own family history and wrote an unforgettable novel of strong women with unbreakable family ties.   While there are parts of this story that will tear your heart out, you will be able to rejoice in the bonds of the family and fall in love with the inner strength and beauty of these fine Southern women.  I appreciate the author was able to tell this honest story without having to add graphic sex scenes for drama as the unimaginable acts of against these brave women are not what defined them or their legacy.

I give the book five stars and endorse it with my highest recommendation.   I read the book and I also have listened to several segments of the abridged audio. The audio book is well read and I recommend it also.   Cane River would make an excellent reading group selection.

I purchased both the book and the audio book with my own funds.


A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

This is one of those books I've always heard of, but never really knew what it was about or knew anyone who had read it. It sounds interesting! I'm adding it to my reading list.

fredamans said...

I cannot pass up a book when someone gives it 5 stars! Great review!

Jenny Girl said...

Well I'm sold! Thanks for the recommendation.

bermudaonion said...

I read this one in my pre-blogging days and loved it too!

Misty said...

Some of my favorite books are about the strength of women. I have just finished reading the Gemma Doyle series by Libba Bray and while they contain elements of fantasy they definitely show the struggle of Victorian women fighting against the constraints of their society. I, too, have given those books five out of five stars.


Bonnie said...

I read this several years ago after it was first published and loved it. It is a wonderful book.

Literary Feline said...

I've been wondering about this one and am so glad to hear you liked it so much, Toni.

Hannah Stoneham said...

Great review - really glowing and i can tell that this really touched you. i will look out for it - thanks for sharing


Thoughts of Joy said...

I've had this on my TBR Shelf forever it seems and haven't felt any draw to pick it up - until now! Thanks for the encouragement! :)

Geri said...

What an interesting review,Toni. It did make a great book club read.

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Gwendolyn B. said...

What an endorsement! I've heard of this book but didn't know much about it. I'll put it on my TBR list now.

Kathy (mommysreading) said...

I have had this book on my TBR shelf for about a year now. It seems that there is alwasy something else I HAVE to read and I keep skipping over it. I heard that the next one, Red River, is good too. Thank you for the review; it has motivated me to not skip over it anymore.

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