Mysteries Government Old Creole Days

Old Creole Days

Old Creole Days
Catalog # SKU1091
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name George W. Cable
 
$16.95
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Old Creole Days

by
George Washington Cable

With the destruction of lower Louisiana by Hurricane Katrina and the careless disregard for New Orleans and Louisianans by the United States Federal Government, the world will be taking a close look at these people and their homeland. This book is a rare look back into Louisiana culture, which is a rich-- though mysterious culture. Louisianans have recovered time and time again from catastrophy and from atrocities of the U.S. Government. Each they have managed to preserve their culture, their customs, and their history. There is no single word to define Louisianan culture, for it is too rich and such a mix of many cultures into one.

G.W. Cable loved and understood Louisiana, her people, and its culture. Living in a era of recovering from the destruction of the Reconstruction, Cable in this book and his Strange True Stories of Louisiana gives us a small peek at this unusual, but very resiliant people.

Excerpt:

A few steps from the St. Charles Hotel, in New Orleans, brings you to and across Canal Street, the central avenue of the city, and to that corner where the flower-women sit at the inner and outer edges of the arcaded sidewalk, and make the air sweet with their fragrant merchandise. The crowd--and if it is near the time of the carnival it will be great--will follow Canal Street.

But you turn, instead, into the quiet, narrow way which a lover of Creole antiquity, in fondness for a romantic past, is still prone to call the Rue Royale. You will pass a few restaurants, a few auction-rooms, a few furniture warehouses, and will hardly realize that you have left behind you the activity and clatter of a city of merchants before you find yourself in a region of architectural decrepitude, where an ancient and foreign-seeming domestic life, in second stories, overhangs the ruins of a former commercial prosperity, and upon every thing has settled down a long sabbath of decay. The vehicles in the street are few in number, and are merely passing through; the stores are shrunken into shops; you see here and there, like a patch of bright mould, the stall of that significant fungus, the Chinaman. Many great doors are shut and clamped and grown gray with cobweb; many street windows are nailed up; half the balconies are begrimed and rust-eaten, and many of the humid arches and alleys which characterize the older Franco-Spanish piles of stuccoed brick betray a squalor almost oriental.

Yet beauty lingers here. To say nothing of the picturesque, sometimes you get sight of comfort, sometimes of opulence, through the unlatched wicket in some porte-cochè re--red-painted brick pavement, foliage of dark palm or pale banana, marble or granite masonry and blooming parterres; or through a chink between some pair of heavy batten window-shutters, opened with an almost reptile wariness, your eye gets a glimpse of lace and brocade upholstery, silver and bronze, and much similar rich antiquity. The faces of the inmates are in keeping; of the passengers in the street a sad proportion are dingy and shabby; but just when these are putting you off your guard, there will pass you a woman--more likely two or three--of patrician beauty.

Now, if you will go far enough down this old street, you will see, as you approach its intersection with ----. Names in that region elude one like ghosts.


Softcover, 5 x 8, 215+ pages
Illustrated with pictures of Louisiana from the
mid 1800s through the mid 1900s,
most without comment.

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