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Cane River (Oprah's Book Club) Paperback – April 1, 2002
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No need to rehash the entire book, that's been done in all of those hundreds of reviews. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed Cane River tremendously, and that it should be mandatory reading for anyone who truly seeks to understand an important part of the history and heritage of the United States. Tademy has an uncanny knack of crafting an informative, compelling and often heart-wrenching novel super-imposed on historic and well-researched fact. She fluidly moves across generations without ever leaving the jarring breaks that so often mars writing that covers extended periods of time and characters that move in and out of the picture.
Yet another talent of the author is to depict often divisive and disturbing events in a passionate, but never judgmental manner. By doing so, she very clearly makes her points, but never preaches or attacks. This helps keeping readers' minds open, even about events that most prefer to forget or not be confronted with.
If I had one minor wish, it'd be for images in the Kindle version to be of higher resolution so as to enhance the readability of the various included historic documents.