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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Isle of Canes, a book worth reading.

    I have found this book fascinating. The characters come to life with the descriptions on their history. The book makes me think about different points of view on the south. It is a very well written historical novel, you are there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    Skillful Blend of Fact and Story

    Reading this book, I stepped into a past I had not previously understood. Historical fact was blended so well with the story surrounding the characters that I felt like I knew some of these people who actually lived and went through heart-wrenching times. Yet their pride in who they were, their search for joy where they could find it, and their courage in living life as it met them, came through in triumph. These historical characters became SO REAL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    A powerful story......

    Isle of Canes is a powerful story you can¿t put down until you¿re done and won¿t forget even then. Raw and unflinching, painful but uplifting in the end, this true story of one family¿s rise from slavery to slaveownership goes far beyond anything yet put into print. Edward Jones¿s intriguing Known World tried to explain this troubled side of history; but his fictional family shows only one dimension, the stereotypical ex-slave-corrupted-by- former owner. Isle of Canes goes far beyond the stereotype, graphically exposing the dire consequences of what it was like to be ¿free people of color¿ in the slave South, as well as the emotional conflicts suffered by this forgotten caste that historian Ira Berlin calls ¿Slaves without Masters.¿ The author¿s foreword speaks of her three decades of studying mixed-race families, and the depth of her understanding is evident in this four- generation saga of a real Creole family and all that it lived through in 18th and 19th century Louisiana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2004

    Should be Mandatory Reading in American History

    Isle of Canes is a highly successful depiction in miniature of southwest Louisiana history from the early 1700's to the early 1900's. The author skillfully weaves a complex tale of freedom vs. the institution of slavery against a backdrop of Spanish, French, and American governmental regimes. The settlement and development of the Isle of Canes is followed through four generations of interconnected families. A must read!

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