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Poor Man's Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

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    This book works best as a memoir and the author's recounting of her personal experiences in Henderson, LA. However, the book falls flat when the author tries to analyze Cajun culture. As a Cajun and a graduate student doing my disseration on Cajun culture, I found some of her assertations quite offensive and ignorant. For example, she states how the cajun 'are a shy people' and they don't open up unless they know your intentions. What? Is she Dian Fossey and we are gorillas in the mist? The Cajuns I know are not at all shy and go out of their way to include 'outsiders'. That is just one example of many in which I feel the author opened her mouth and inserted her foot. Also, she tends to generalize Cajuns and assumes that Cajuns in one area are the same. However, what is true for prairie Cajuns isn't necessarily true for Coastal Cajuns or Mississippi River Cajuns. I really wish she would have just kept to her personal experiences rather than try to pretend to be an anthropologist. Due to her poor sentence structure I even find it hard to believe she was even a journalist. Above all I did enjoy the book, yet her stereotyping and generalizations made for a quite uncomfortable read at times.

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