Children of Strangers
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Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be? Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon. From the Back Cover Lyle Saxon's only novel vividly captures the lives of the people who inhabit the Louisiana Cane River plantation community, which served as a crucible for race relations in the early twentieth century. Pelican Publishing September 2, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers.
Children of Strangers
Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. A very sad story that ends with bitter hope. Lyle Saxon, for most of his career, wrote light stories about history and tourism in Louisiana. This, his only novel, has a complex theme about racial castes in early twentieth century rural Louisiana, and the costs that the existence of the castes creates. Complex themes and deep, well-written characters. This book gives insight into a period of Louisiana history that was not explained in the history books I was taught from in school.
One person found this helpful. I needed it for a literature class. It arrived on time and in good condition. The story is excellent.
Love this book especially since it's about the place I'm from. I learned a lot about my heritage. This is a good buck to read. This book was required reading when I was in undergraduate school. Often it is what Saxon doesn't say that is the most telling. This book is so interesting because it takes you into the lives of these people who are of mixed cultures and how it all came about.
There is a lot of history in this fiction that is based on the true lives of people,and the area of where the story is located.
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It is a good book to read if you can't make a trip to the area,which is worth putting in your itenarey. I highly recommend it. As informative as it is captivating.
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Famie' s story will break your heart as surely as it paints a portrait of days long gone. I think it is stupid to rate this book based on some misconceptions of how Mr Saxon viewed blacks or rural people. Saxon was regarded by anyone who knew him as very progressive in this regard if not a bit too paternalistic. One of the obituaries written of him at his passing referred to him as "friend toward black people". The cane river plantation was Lyle Saxon's home away from home when he wasn't in his beloved New Orleans.
Saxon had a great nostalgia for his days as a youth in a plantation just south of Baton rouge. He loved to relax there and did his most productive writing there. As an educated and cultured man living most of the time in New Orleans and hanging around people like Sherwood Anderson and William Faulkner he probably would think of rural farm people as uncultured or less educated.
I don't have a problem with that. Saxon here provides an insightful story of plantation life from the inside looking out.
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He delves into the attitudes of Creoles and race and how they perceived the world. He was fully aware that while plantation life was a getaway and relaxation to him it was hard work for those who relied on it to live. This is a well crafted piece thaqt is tight and well detailed and it should be it took him years write. Lyle Saxon is best known for his love of New Orleans especially his beloved view carrie and he was instrumental in popularizing it as a place for writers and artists.
While Saxon lived most of his adult life in New Orleans most of his writings are about plantation life a subject very near and dear to him. Children of strangers is a seminal book of it's kind! Children of Strangers by Lyle Saxon. Children of Strangers 3. Children of Strangers is the powerful and moving story of love in a community bound by race and class. Famie is a mulatto girl, a half-breed. Her ancestors were free blacks who rivalled the white planters in wealth and culture. But on a Louisiana plantation in the 's, Famie is an outcast, rejected by whites because of her black ancestors, and unwilling to associate with Children of Strangers is the powerful and moving story of love in a community bound by race and class.
But on a Louisiana plantation in the 's, Famie is an outcast, rejected by whites because of her black ancestors, and unwilling to associate with the sharecroppers who are descendants of slaves. An illicit love affair with a white landowner leaves Famie with a son to raise. Her dream is that Joel will someday become accepted into white society. But in her struggle to transcend race and class Famie must sacrifice the last links to her past.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Apr 23, Trisha rated it liked it. I picked up this book on a tour of Melrose Plantation, a national historic landmark site located in the Isle Brevelle Creole region of northwest Louisiana. Legally, they could not marry, but they lived together for nineteen years and had ten children. Eventually Metoyer I picked up this book on a tour of Melrose Plantation, a national historic landmark site located in the Isle Brevelle Creole region of northwest Louisiana.
Eventually Metoyer granted Marie Therese her freedom along with a parcel of land, and over the years she and her children received additional land grants that increased their holdings. Marie Therese became a wealthy woman, owning over slaves of her own.
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The Metoyer family owned Melrose Plantation until shortly after the Civil War when it passed into other hands, but their descendents still live along the Cane river in the Isle Brevelle Creole community. In fact one of them, Betty Metoyer-Roque, manages the Museum Gift Shop and it was she who greeted us the day we toured Melrose plantation and told us about this book. The book itself was a fascinating read — particularly because I could immediately visualize the setting and understand a little bit about the Creole culture having had a chance to learn about it while touring the plantation.
Jan 07, Noel rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is an excellent commentary on the caste system as it existed in the Cane River area of Louisiana in The story follows Famie, a Creole of skin color so light she could pass as white. She lives in a community of land owners, all mulattoes, and works for a white plantation owner, Mr Guy, doing wash and ironing of children's clothing.
The "Negroes" creoles don't mix, don't even eat at the same table or work in the same house and their rules are unwritten but unbreakable. Very insight This is an excellent commentary on the caste system as it existed in the Cane River area of Louisiana in Very insightful writing, given the time it was written This book was one of the books my father read while in Antarctica in Sep 01, Mark Williams rated it it was amazing.
Not many people know about this book. I became aware of it when I traveled about Natchitoches, Louisiana. It is about the caste system along the Cane River. Above all it is about unconditional love. I placed this book on my bookshelf next to Harper Lee's one novel.