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Bayou Farewell : Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast

Bayou Farewell : Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375725173

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ISBN13: 978-0375725173
ISBN10: 0375725172
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 2003
International: No

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Bayou Farewell : Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375725173

Mike Tidwell

ISBN13: 978-0375725173
ISBN10: 0375725172
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Vintage Books

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Mike Tidwell knew nothing of the disappearing bayou country when he first visited the Cajun coast of Louisiana, but the evidence was all around him: the skeletons of oak trees killed by the salinity of the groundwater, whole cemeteries sinking into swampland and out of sight, telephone poles in deep, standing water. Thanks to human hands, the storied Louisiana coast was eroding, subsiding, and joining the Gulf of Mexico--making it the fastest disappearing landmass on Earth. Yet no one seemed to know how to talk about the problem. Tidwell, a celebrated travel and environmental writer, decided to begin the much-needed conversation, and this vivid, elegiac book is the result.

Tidwell introduces us to the surprisingly varied population of the area: the Cajun men and women who work the seasonal shrimp harvest, the Vietnamese fishermen, the Houma Indians driven to the farthest ends of the bayou by the first European settlers. He describes the food, the music, the culture, and the life of all those who live along the bayous. Under his keenly observant eye, the bayou itself becomes a compelling character--reminding us of how much we stand to lose if we fail to address the problems facing this most vibrant of places.

Part travelogue, part environmental exposé, Bayou Farewell is the richly evocative chronicle of the author's travels through a place and a way of life that are vanishing virtually before our eyes.