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Cane River Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Jun 1 2001


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (June 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586212613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586212612
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (222 customer reviews)


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By Shopaholic on March 15 2014
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What a book! Hope there will be a movie version of this. I couldn't put it down once I started reading.
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My Thoughts: I was a little surprised that I enjoyed this book so much ... after all, it's an Oprah pick and she and I haven't seen eye to eye for awhile when it comes to book choices. I typically love reading about this era in time. It's still very shocking to me that a mere 150 years ago there was slavery permitted in the southern States.

This book runs in the same vein as "Roots" and "Book of Negroes" (two of my favourite books of all time) ... but didn't quite affect me as much as those books and I didn't seem to lose myself in her story as much as I have with other books. I wanted to, I truly did ... it just didn't connect with me as much as I had hoped it would.

"Cane River" follows the lives of 4 generations of black southern women spanning from the mid 1800's to the 1930's. That's a lot of years and a lot of different characters. So many characters that she just couldn't give the time to let us into the individual characters' motivations and inner thoughts. That would have made a HUGE book and become much too convoluted. I found it hard enough keeping track of which children belonged to which mother (thankfully Tademy has a family tree at the beginning of the book to help the reader).

I do give Tademy huge credit for painstakingly researching her family history. Who wouldn't want to do that?!? I enjoyed the fact that she was able to include bills of sale and photos to add to her story and help the reader get a better mental picture of the characters.
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By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 18 2012
Format: Paperback
Grand Central Publishing | April 1, 2002 | Trade Paperback | ISBN 0-446-67845-7

Story Description:

Lalita Tademy was a successful corporate vice president at a Fortune 500 company when she decided to embark upon what would become an obsessive odyssey to uncover her family's past. Through exhaustive research, interviews, and the help of professional genealogists, she would find herself transported back to the early 1800s, to an isolated, close-knit rural community on Louisiana's Cane River. Here, Tademy takes historical fact and mingles it with fiction to weave a vivid and dramatic account of what life was like for the four remarkable women who came before her. Beginning with Tademy's great-great-great-great grandmother Elisabeth, this is a family saga that sweeps from the early days of slavery through the Civil War into a pre-Civil Rights South's unique and moving slice of Americas past that will resonate with readers for generations to come. Well-researched and powerfully written, Cane River is just the kind of family portrait that will appeal to the same diverse audience as Alex Haley's bestselling phenomenon Roots (Dell Books, reissue 1980) and the New York Times bestseller Sally Heming's (Buccaneer Books, 1992), which sold over one million hardcover copies and inspired the feature film Jefferson in Paris, starring Nick Nolte and Thandie Newton.

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CANE RIVER covers 137 years of Lalita Tademy's family's history, written as fiction, but deeply rooted in years of research historical fact, and family lore. It is a family saga that covers four generations of women born into slavery and searching for freedom. Every time I read a story like this I am utterly outraged at the treatment that these people endured.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Mad Hatter on June 16 2009
Format: Paperback
"Cane River" covers four generations of women and is without question one of the best family sagas ever written. Born into slavery and searching for freedom, the events will break your heart yet instill a great appreciation for the value of life we have achieved today. Regardless of one's culture or ethnic backbround, the love, courage and determination shown throughout this book will stay with you.

The book is comparable to Alex Haley's "Roots", which is also highly recommended. Yes, "Roots" is lengthy and an older book, but there are few authors today who can write on the subject of slavery and leave such an emotional impact on the reader. Both books are well worth the read.
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Although it broke my heart many times over, I enjoyed listening to the abridged audiobook version of this story that spans several generations of African American women, beginning during pre-Civil War times and ending in the early 20th century. I was easily able to put myself in their place and feel outrage at their unfair treatment, but as with the characters in the story, it was an impotent outrage at best. I didn't even have the satisfaction of seeing anything resembling justice done in the end, outside of Philamene's psychic "glimpsing" of a better future for her descendants.
I vacillated between giving this 3 stars or 4, and definitely would have given it at least 4 stars if the ending had turned out better. But it was still a story worth listening to.
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