“Sometimes, while you wait for what you think is better, what is good enough slips away.” ~Philomene (in Lalita Tademy’s novel Cane River)
Woo Hooo!!! I am impressed I have been blogging consistently for a week or so, Dear Bloggites! Go ME! Okay, enough self-celebrating. Today’s blog is over March’s Books & Broads Book Club book choice. This month (YES, you read that right, I am caught up!), the book club chose to read Cane River by Lalita Tademy.
The premise of this historic novel is about five different generations of a slave family, specifically, the women-folk, and how they were treated by their plantation owners and white people in general just because of their skin color. This book was INTENSE! The time-frame is from the 1830s to the 1930s. The backdrop was in Louisiana on a medium-sized Creole plantation owned by a family named Derbanne. The four main women in the book were Elisabeth, Suzette, Philomene, and Emily.
The author, Lalita Tademy, created this work of fiction based on stories she heard about her great, great, great, great grandmother, who happened to be the girl in the fifth generation in the book. While the time and experiences shared in the book were based on historical facts, the story line itself was a work of fiction created from the author’s own mind on how life might have been like for her great, great, great, great grandmother.
I normally do not like reading books like this, however, I found myself enjoying the dynamics of each complex character and how the women found a way to overcome what life threw at them no matter how the dice rolled against them. I found this a very emotional read and enjoyed the book until the end. The end pissed me off so much that I threw the book across the room. It ended with one of the female characters “Rosa Park”-ing the bus. No flack against Rosa Park and no jab meant to that movement, I just felt that it was wrong to end the book in that manner.
I give Cane River by Lalita Tademy 3 out of 5 Bookmarks. I only recommend this book to avid readers that love the history of the Civil War time.