The Grandissimes

The Grandissimes It was in the Theatre St Philippe they had laid a temporary floor over the parquette seats in the city we now call New Orleans in the month of September and in the year Under the twinkle of num

  • Title: The Grandissimes
  • Author: George W. Cable
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  • Page: 267
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  • It was in the Theatre St Philippe they had laid a temporary floor over the parquette seats in the city we now call New Orleans, in the month of September, and in the year 1803 Under the twinkle of numberless candles, and in a perfumed air thrilled with the wailing ecstasy of violins, the little Creole capital s proudest and best were offering up the first cool night ofIt was in the Theatre St Philippe they had laid a temporary floor over the parquette seats in the city we now call New Orleans, in the month of September, and in the year 1803 Under the twinkle of numberless candles, and in a perfumed air thrilled with the wailing ecstasy of violins, the little Creole capital s proudest and best were offering up the first cool night of the languidly departing summer to the divine Terpsichore For summer there, bear in mind, is a loitering gossip, that only begins to talk of leaving when September rises to go It was like hustling her out, it is true, to give a select bal masque at such a very early such an amusingly early date but it was fitting that something should be done for the sick and the destitute and why not this Everybody knows the Lord loveth a cheerful giver.

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    1. A reread, this time on my Kindle via a Gutenberg download: I highlighted tons of passages to share, along with some non-English words to look up. I took the Kindle on a trip, reading from it on the plane, both ways. At home, the night after my return, at about the 80% mark, all my highlighting had mysteriously disappeared (in this document only, not in others): the equivalent of a ton of Post-it notes falling out of a physical book for no discernible reason. (Urrrgh!)Oh, well. Those beautiful, g [...]

    2. I wish more people know about and read Cable -- he's really pretty marvellous. The Grandissimes was written later in the 19th century, but is set in 1805, just as control of Louisiana has been handed over to the United States. The Creole gentry is not very cooperative; they resist, they duel, they make each other's lives complicated. The main character, Joseph Frowenfeld (surely that should be spelled Frauenfeld, but nevermind), is a German-American immigrant to New Orleans, who loses his entire [...]

    3. To read this book is to enter into the world of Creoles in New Orleans just after 1800. Written in a wry, witty style, it mixes romance, politics, cultural commentary, and Louisiana history. At times it recalled Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. In sum, a delightful read, much to my surprise.

    4. I found this book intriguing because of when it was written and because of I live in New Orleans. I don't think it would be of general interest. It might have helped that I speak French as some small passages are in French,

    5. We'll begin with the junior. I like Cable. I really like the way he writes and what he's writing about. I must, of course, tender this statement with a caveat lector, as a man from New Orleans hearing of my home in the old days is something that will always give me particular pleasure. While my enthusiasm for Cable may in part be tied to this, I think he does go a measure beyond.Cable was about ten years younger than Mark Twain. His innovation in dealing with black characters, (id est, getting p [...]

    6. The back covers of Penguin classics are often bad, but in this case, the claim that The Grandissimes was a precursor to Faulkner is actually the best three-word description of this book for a newcomer. The Grandissimes is an excellent novel, intertwining, cross-racial familial bloodlines and feuds with political and economic concerns. It addresses difficult questions, but perhaps most notably the issues of societal pragmatism and societal integration. The style is also quite accomplished, with m [...]

    7. A very challenging novel due to the thick Creole accents it tries to preserve, it's a slice of life with a few of the day's burning issues thrown in at times. I found his characters to be very sweet, particularly Joseph Frowenfeld, Honore Grandissime, and mother-daughter Aurore and Clotilde Nancanou. I know New Orleans has a very distinct culture in America, but this book goes way beyond even that modern perception, showing the city on the verge of coming under American control. It is very forei [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this novel. I'm especially interested in its narration. Cable's obviously making some political points along the way, but I'm anti-slavery so I think it's ok The plot isn't super-tight--in fact the novel ends quite suddenly--but the novel as a whole is an interesting ride. I think I like it because it's different, and therefore refreshing.

    9. Great read. While the views on race of the author are outdated today, they must have been quite progressive at the time. Loved the textual interpretation of early 19th century Creole English.Due to its age, the book is also available free on Kindle!

    10. Well-paced, character-driven, with a Dickensian sense of humor. Surprisingly enjoyable and historically significant. It should be noted that even Cable, progressive for his time, is not without a racist (and sexist) lens.

    11. One of Cable's best. Loved the atmosphere, the food and the graceful poverty of the Nancanou family. And of course Palmyre was my favorite and I'm happy she lived. Would like to see most of the white males in the dust though.

    12. It provides historical information on Louisiana. However, the book is very confusing. You are throw into a masked ball and from there things just get more confusing.

    13. Anachrohistic, and dated, but still fun.I finally put it down when I realized I didn't care as much as i should, but I did learn something about early Louisiana life.

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