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French Quarter Fiction: The Newest Stories of America's Oldest Bohemia Paperback – April 1, 2003
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"The true heart of a place...is revealed through its folklore and stories, and this poignant reality is reflected brilliantly in French Quarter Fiction. These stories are a distilled pleasure achieved through muscular and lyrical revelations."
"The past keeps rising up here; the water table is too high. All around the Quarter groups of tourists float like clumps of sewage. The black carriage drivers pull their fringed carts full of white people from nowhere up to the corner outside and tell them how Jean Lafitte and Andrew Jackson plotted things out, as if the driver knew them personally. The conventioneers sit under the carriage awning, looking around with the crazed, vacant stare of babies, shaded by history, then move on. The sun is getting higher, the shadows are shortening, the moisture is steaming off the sidewalks. The Schubert, or Debussy, or whatever it is, has turned into an oboe rhapsody, with French horns and bassoons quacking and palmetto bugs crawling across the tile floor, making clicking sounds that I can't hear because the music is too loud. If she didn't love me, why didn't she just tell me so?"
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It told so much about the underbelly of the French Quarter: the crime, poverty, gangs, unsavory people in general - it just
wasn't very satisfying, even though good authors... Read more
I wish I knew the better stories here. Some of them are pretty boring. Most are good to excellent. I guess on a one to ten it would be a five.Published on December 4, 2011 by Rodney W.
I ordered this book for my husband and he liked it so much, I started reading it. Before I was even finished, I ordered 2 more copies for Christmas presents.Published on October 31, 2010 by gator girl