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Old Creole Days (Pelican Pouch Series) Paperback – January 31, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0882897806 ISBN-10: 0882897802 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Series: Pelican Pouch Series
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; Reprint edition (January 31, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882897802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882897806
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the greatest and most celebrated Southern writers of his day, George Washington Cable (1844-1925) helped to lead the local colorist movement of the late 1800s with his pioneering use of dialect and his skill with the short story form. A Southern reformist, Cable wrote faithful portrayals of Creoles and their culture that depict the Creole way of life during the transitory post-Civil War period.

Originally published in 1879, Old Creole Days catapulted Cable to national recognition. The stories within reflect the everyday life of the New Orleans Creoles through a mixture of humor and the unique Creole patois. Cable's best-known work, Old Creole Days includes such famous stories as "Posson Jone'," "Jean-ah Poquelin," and "Madame D�licieuse," tales that are alive with the sounds and scenes of nineteenth-century New Orleans.

About the Author

One of the greatest and most celebrated Southern writers of his day, George Washington Cable (1844-1925) helped lead the local-color movement of the late 1800s with his pioneering use of dialect and his skill in the short-story form. After serving in the Confederate army, he began to write for the New Orleans Picayune. Cable has been called the most important Southern artist working in the late-nineteenth century, as well as the first modern Southern writer. A complete listing of his books published by Pelican is available by request.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "sfoster29" on November 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is worth reading as an example of the local color school of literature of the late 19th century. It consists of a novelette, Madame Delphine, and some short stories and sketches. The problem is that the dialogue is written in dialect as thick as gumbo. Outsiders can hardly understand it unless they speak it aloud.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on May 25, 2006
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The stories in this book provide colorful insight of the culture of New Orleans in the 19th century. Cable has a gift for painting lively images in the minds of his readers. This period in Louisiana history is gone, but thanks to this talented communicator we have a taste of what it was like. Strolling through the narrow streets of the French Quarter, one can think back to days gone by. Cable helps us understand a little of what it was like.

History is about people. As a historical journalist, Cable keeps the human element in the forefront of his work. He doesn't forget that people want to know about other people. Fortunately for us, he tells the stories of Louisianians in his generation.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on November 2, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The fact that I was in New Orleans while reading part of this book added to the experience. It is a history of that city and being on location provided a visual element that not everyone can enjoy unless they make the trip.
This book is somewhat straightforward as a historical work. It isn't necessarily colorful or instructive. It's just there. Cable describes the setting, the people, the controveries surrrounding a given location and time.
If you want to know more about the people who developed the city of New Orleans and how it resulted in some of the mindset there today, this book may provide some answers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ruthie on February 4, 2013
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Stories give you a peek in to creole life in early New Orleans. I had a bit of trouble with some of the cajan french used in the stories. A little basic knowledge of french would have helped but I was still able to make out the jest of the conversations. I did enjoy the stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph C. Boyer on November 9, 2013
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George Washington Cable wrote a goodly number of stories. This book covers a number of situations that are apparently real. At least one of the stories was covered in another book I had already read but the rest were new and interesting. Creole's are unique people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil Pockras on October 11, 2013
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Cable does a masterful job of portraying *very* old New Orleans, in the days well before the War Between The States. His stories are well-told, characters well-drawn, and his view of them is kindly and sympathetic. He draws the reader into his stories very quickly, and the reader shares in the author's sympathy.

Most of these are short stories, but a couple I'd almost call novellae. Novellas. Whatever.

Cable was a native of New Orleans, a godly man and a deacon in a Presbyterian Church there. He fought for the Confederacy, but later came to see that the treatment of people of African descent in New Orleans and throughout the South was shameful and unChristian. He began writing on that theme, and was basically forced to leave his home city and culture and move to New York. Many of his works, including those dealing with racial reconciliation, are available in many free ebook providers. He has an entry in wikipedia, so you can read about him there.
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