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Subject: Cane River
Date Posted: 5/19/2008 9:22 PM ET
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Yes!  This was an Oprah pick...but forget that.  This is a great book anyway. 

I spent the entire day listening to this 6 hour audio as I walked and gardened, then just sat on the stoop doing nothing but listening.  Perhaps it was the readers, Shari Belafonte, Jo Marie Payton, and Edwina Moore, who seemed to take a generation each to read about.  They breathed such life into the characters, such love and determination into their lives.  Depressing--well, all Oprah books seem to be, at least those I've read.  But this book was different.  Of course it had its depressing moments, after all, a book about Black women set in the south during the 1800's would be, but then along would come these scenes that would lift you right out of that misery.  Make you so proud and make you wish you knew these women.

Multigenerational, it somewhat reminded me of Roots, with the focus all upon the women. 

And something I found very neat: the author, Lalita Tademy, did an introduction where she admitted that after finding the documents and such of these relatives, when she decided to write the story, she did not hesitate to use her imagination where things could not be proved.


Date Posted: 5/19/2008 11:00 PM ET
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I am sure it was the reader.  A good reader can make any book good.  I read that book a few years ago and didn't really care for it but I know I would like it on tape.

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 10:03 AM ET
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Carol, I hear that a lot.  People talk about how much they liked an audio and then read the book and hated it, or v.v..

I have found it so myself.  And you know, I can see it with this book, perhaps.  Without these readers telling (living) the story, it just could have droned.  I'm not really familiar with Edwina Moore, but I think it was she reading the part near the end that brought me just to a stop with her voice.  I would have swore it was Maya Angelou.

Which brings me to: I just finished I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in audio.  Now, I read that book over and over and over again in my youth.  Fascinated by it.  But, to actually hear Angelou read it to you, her perfect elocution whispering in your ears, is an awesome experience.  And, she has such a humor, often playing on the fact that she spent a good portion of her youth perfecting that perfect elocution of hers.  Pure poetry.  A shame it was abridged. 

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 11:00 AM ET
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I really enjoyed Cane River when I read it.

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 1:17 PM ET
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You are a good sells person Bonnie.  I just ordered Cane River from you.   I drove recently to Tucson from San Diego by myself, for the first time, and listened to an audio book.  I loved how much it added to my trip.   I have another 8 hour trip coming up in June.   I will be saving Cane River for that one!  Thanks!

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 6:22 PM ET
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Oh, Cozi, thank you.  I just got the order. 

I've been a visiting nurse for a bunch of years, and audios are what sustained me on my long trips between patients.  Also, we used to drive from CT to VA, WV, and PA maybe 3 times a year.  They've helped us keep our sanity on those long, long drives.

Amazing how much farther you will walk, too, if you are reading a good one.  Why, that Prodigal Summer I got from you caused me to even drop a few pounds.  One of the best yet.