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By the author of A Gathering of Old Men and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, this is a compelling love story set in a deceptively bucolic Louisiana countryside, where African Americans, Cajuns, and whites maintain an uneasy coexistence. "(Gaines') best writing is marked by what Ralph Ellison, describing the blues, called 'near-tragic, near-comic lyricism."--Newsweek.
Posted July 26, 2011
Catharine Carmier focuses upon a theme with which all Louisianans are familiar: Creole/ African- American relations. The protagonist, Jackson, an educated Black man who has returned to his home after ten years, seeks for something serious, meaningful, and special. After having been educated in California, he comes back to Louisiana tired of his Black people, and disenchanted by the Church. While looking for this "something," he finds Catherine Carmier, a Creole woman and her father, Raoul. The rest is in the narrative. For those who were reared in the Jim Crow South, Creole/ Black relations were real. There was a strict separation between the two classes. Creoles had their own communities, and the Blacks had their own communities. Gaines captures all of this. In addition to capturing the uniqueness of this system, Gaines captures the universality of life, death, and young adult life. Indeed, this novel is bildungsroman in nature. Please, read this book. It will give life to those who seek it, for all, at one time or another, has found herself or himself in Jackson's footsteps: looking for a meaningful place in this hectic life, especially after having been educated.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2011
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