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Haunted Bayou: And Other Cajun Ghost Stories
     

Haunted Bayou: And Other Cajun Ghost Stories

by J. J. Reneaux, Wendell E. Hall (Illustrator)
 

The late J.J. Reneaux was known for her skillful telling of Cajun ghostlore from the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. In Haunted Bayou, she draws from this unique gumbo of superstition, ghost stories, and true life experience, weaving ten original short stories and three traditional tales on timeless themes: the struggle between truth and illusion, faith and

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The late J.J. Reneaux was known for her skillful telling of Cajun ghostlore from the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. In Haunted Bayou, she draws from this unique gumbo of superstition, ghost stories, and true life experience, weaving ten original short stories and three traditional tales on timeless themes: the struggle between truth and illusion, faith and temptation, good and evil.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-This title, along with Reneaux's Cajun Folktales (August House, 1992), fills a definite void in American folk literature. It includes 10 original stories based on family tales and interwoven with fragments of Cajun folklore, as well as three traditional tales that appeared in Reneaux's first book and on her award-winning tape, Cajun Ghost Stories (August House, 1992). She introduces the selections with a succinct summary of the area's history and its ghosts, and ends with a glossary of Cajun expressions. On the whole, the material serves to illuminate the rich and colorful culture of the Louisiana bayous. Three tales are particularly appealing and well crafted, and have satisfying endings-``Why Onions Make Us Cry'' (a pourquoi story), ``Madam Longfingers'' (a sort of swamp rendition of ``Little Eight John''), and ``The Spirit That Would Not Be Tamed.'' A few of the others lack tension and suspense. In some cases, the interjection of Cajun phrases disturbs the rhythm and flow of the narrative. One in particular, ``for true,'' is grossly overworked. In general, however, this title is entertaining, informative, and worth purchasing, although it's not quite as good as its predecessor.-Judy Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874833843
Publisher:
August House Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1994
Series:
American Folklore & Storytelling
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.76(d)

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