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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherPelican Publishing Company
File size3.7 Mb
Release date 03.09.1992
Pages count48
Book rating4.43 (329 votes)
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I admit my 5 star rating is influenced by the power of nostalgia.This is another one I read every year.Uncle Porter who lived in Baton Rouge brought a video to the farm which had a reading of this on it, and we would watch it every holiday season when the extended family gathered for our annual yuletide shindig.I reckon that was in the very early '90s or maybe even the late '80s.Eventually we found this story came in book form, and we snatched it up quick.

Not being in any way Cajun, some of the terms were hard to follow the first time I read it, so I needed help following it.Plus I was in my early teens at the time, and not very worldly; Virginia was all I knew, so not only was this book amusing, it was quite educational.Now I know as much about Cajun ways as if I had read a pamphlet on the subject.And couple it with my knowledge of Bobby Bare's song "Marie Laveau," and The Skeleton Key movie, and I'm practically an expert.Plus, I make Zatarain's Jambalya all the time with beef sausage.And I used to imitate Leatherhead's accent from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all the time as a kid.Shit, I bet I could nip down to Louisiana right now and blend in like a crawfish in a gram of coke.

Oddly enough, though, I found this easier to read than Hillbilly Night Afore Christmas the first time I tackled it.Maybe it's because I had heard it on the tape so many times, but I think it's more because the dialect isn't quite as thick, and it sticks closer to Clement C. Moore's original poem.Here's how it fires off:

'Twas the night before Christmas,
An' all tru de house
Dey don't a t'ing pass
Not even a mouse.

Not too tough.Check it out.

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