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Book Title: The Grandissimes: A Story of Creole Life|
The author of the book: George Washington Cable
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Reader ratings: 6.5
Edition: Penguin Classics
Date of issue: December 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780140433227
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 22.77 MB
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A reread, this time on my Kindle via a Gutenberg download: I highlighted tons of passages to share, along with some non-English words to look up. I took the Kindle on a trip, reading from it on the plane, both ways. At home, the night after my return, at about the 80% mark, all my highlighting had mysteriously disappeared (in this document only, not in others): the equivalent of a ton of Post-it notes falling out of a physical book for no discernible reason. (Urrrgh!)
Those beautiful, gone-with-the-wind sentences described, at least for me, present-day New Orleans; though the novel is set immediately post-Louisiana Purchase. Yet, as my reading buddy emphasized, what has changed are the white (European) Creoles: they are no more, disappearing even as they doth-protested-too-much their presumed superiority (due to their so-called pure whiteness), kicking-and-screaming the whole way, and despite the reality of the progeny of mixed-race unions and the illogicality of their beliefs. George Washington Cable, born in New Orleans, called theirs “a doomed civilization” (at the Kindle-93% point of the novel) and he was despised for speaking the truth.
The story is of complicated topics—identity (including of caste and class) and its entrenchment—and is told with realism, sentiment and irony. I read it with sadness, knowing that Cable’s championing of racial (and gender) equality was not accepted then and, in so many ways, is not accepted still.
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Read information about the authorGeorge Washington Cable was an American novelist notable for the realism of his portrayals of Creole life in his native Louisiana.
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