beautiful novel about identity
, January 5, 2006
Reviewer: JP Berniard "JP Berniard" (NYC) - See all my reviews
After reading the junk Anne Rice wrote in her latest novels, specially the vampire tales/chronicles, I am forced review one of her earliest and best works.
These were the days when Anne still had a flare for writing. No super vampires chatting with Jesus, no fantastic ridiculous tales in this book.
This book brings light to New Orleans History. It is a homage to a place in America that was and remains different from the rest of our nation. This novel contains a great deal of History as well as being a touching drama. The characters are split between races, cultures and social positions.In the end their struggle to find who they really were is successful.
This book is a cult classic, since it seems to me its author won't write anything like it in the near future...
One of Anne Rice's novels that don't deal with the supernatural - just the loves and losses of the "gens de couleur libre" in 19th century New Orleans. The characters are well written and some of them are very likeable. The city itself plays a huge role and is described as if it were alive - beautiful imagery. Again - some uncomfortable sex scenes - adult content.
Slow start, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. Learned alot of history that I didn't know about the free people of color in New Orleans, and their background in Haiti.
They were New Orleans' gens de couleur libre- the copper-skinned half-castes who lived recklessly and loved passionately, trapped in a world between black and white.
Marcel-the young, blue-eyed scholar, sensitive, and longing always for Paris. Marie-his breathtakingly beautiful sister, cursed with the ability to pass for white. Christophe- novelist and teacher, the idol of al young gens. Anna Bella-light in skin, African in feature, chosen for the white man.
I couldn't get into this book. It wasn't what I was expecting. I normally adore Anne Rice's books, but just couldn't get interested in this one.
In the days before the Civil War, there lived a Louisiana people unique in Southern history. For though they were descended from African slaves, they were also descended from the French and Spanish who had enslaved them. They were the 'gens de couleur libre', the Free People of Color and in this historical novel, Anne Rice chronicles the lives of 4 of their number, men and women caught periolously between the worlds of master and slave, privilege and oppression, passion and pain.
This book wasn't my usual genre to read and I really just couldn't get into it. It seemed slow to me but then I usually read mystery/suspense.
The book was full of historical facts, and to be honest not as enjoyable as most of Anne Rice's books.
Novel set in Louisiana before the Civil War.
I completely fell in love with the story about the free people of Color in Louisiana pre-Civil War era and their specific stories.
A sensuous but heart wrenching tale of mulattoes forced to live between two cultures in 19th century New Orleans, featuring the richly developed characters Anne Rice is famed for.
Great book, more than a quick read.
Pretty good, if you really like Anne Rice
This was my first Anne Rice novel. it made me want to read more of hers. wonderful intrigue.
Set in Louisiana, before the Civil War, is a story about people descended from African slaves and also from the French and Spanish who enslaved them. They are Free People of Color, caught between the worlds of master and slave.
For all you Anne Rice fans....brand new never read.
Haven't even read the book, lost intrest after reading the back...book is brand new
Haven't read this one but my sister loved it.