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New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City Paperback – Deckle Edge, January 31, 2006
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He writes about his years on carnival krews, about hours spent prowling the French Quarter, about Marie Laveau the legendary voodoo queen and other New Orleans characters, about food and the cemeteries where people meet as if they were parks. He writes about not being able to get out of his hammock --- all with wry humor, grace, and appreciation. And he writes with anger about Katrina and its aftermath.
I have only visited New Orleans but love it and was happy to be transported back there through the words of someone who notices everything and sees it honestly. I particularly appreciated some of his literary references. WARNING: this book can cause you to buy a lot more books. But, if you love New Orleans, you will treasure them, too.
And so, unlike many other love songs to particular places, Codrescu's is sad. Perhaps some other cities will evoke the same sense of folly and loss- Venice is a likely candidate-but you can't imagine a similar book about New York or Prague or even Rome.
This is a book of essays whose roots in radio are obvious. You can almost hear them spoken aloud. They are also remarkably personal-the author sees America as a displaced Rumanian-turned-American. The perspective is valuable and he doesn't deny the reader its benefits. Read him following the National Guard as it responds to a flood on the Mississippi near Hannibal, Mo. to be undeceived about us. Read his obit for Jim Monaghan, romantically crusty barkeeper to be gently hoodwinked again.
These are stories about a city, but more fundamentally stories about displacement and encountering one's second home town.
All in all, a great and provocative entertainment.
Lynn Hoffman, author ofbang BANG: A Novel which is set in the author's second home town.
If Codrescu wanted to include writing about Katrina and it's aftermath, why leave that for the final few pages? It leaves an otherwise pleasant book on a note of despair and political bitterness. Better to have left this out entirely as it didn't fit the tone of the rest of the book. But that shouldn't dissuade anyone interested in New Orleans and its people and history from reading the first 95%.
I normally recommend reading collections like this in bits and pieces, and, certainly, one could do that, but the coherency of this anthology is so striking that I'd suggest taking it all in as you would a memoir or biography - a memoir is what this anthology turns out to be.
The Crescent City. If you ever visit New Orleans you will never forget the time you spent there. If I had never visited New Orleans prior to reading <i>New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings From the City</i>, I would have made my way there as soon as I finished. I'm listening to Second Line music as I type these words.
Codrescu, a Louisiana State University professor, introduced us to the city at ground level. He didn't try to glamorize the city nor did he try to take us on a tour of its most popular places. These essays ranged from the details and familiar faces at the local bar scene to the history of the city's cemeteries and its burying rituals. With each essay, Codrescu takes the reader on a daily walk through the city revealing a hidden treasure each time.
<b><i>Katrina found us dreaming.</b></i>
The world watched New Orleans drown when the levees broke. Codrescu put it this way:
<b><i>We already knew who's going to pay for all this: the poor. They always do. The whole country's garbage flows down the Mississippi to them. Until now, they turned all that waste into song; they took the sins of American unto themselves. But this blues now is just too big</b></i>
New Orleans is my favorite city to visit in literature. <i>New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings From the City</i> reminded me why New Orleans is and always will be my favorite city.
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humorous, tour de force that captures the spirit and soul of New Orleans though the writer's experiencePublished 14 days ago by Phyllis Urman-klein
This book is a must for anyone who loves New Orleans. Beautifully written.Published 3 months ago by Nicole Riccardo
I have a love for New Orleans, so reading about his day to day life there was wonderful. Funny, thought provoking. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sue Hardin
If you love New Orleans, you will feel like you are eating this book and bonding with a kindred spirit that you never met. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sandra m del rio
A wonderful trip to the city that care forgot. Andrei Codrescu has a great perspective on one of our great cities.Published 12 months ago by philip fox
Lots of celebratory crap here, of course, but his showpiece "My City My Wilderness" is worth the price of the ticket with its pungent mixture of observations. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chadwick Henley Essex
product was as described. arrived on time. Sorry for the confusionPublished 15 months ago by norman mulone
The good, the bad and even the ugly is all here and written in a style only a master poet could pull off. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dixie Girl
enjoyed this book. not an ongoing storyline, just snippets and chapters of only-in-NOLA happenings. very surprised a foreign-born gentleman gets New Orleans. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Beverly