Friday, March 2, 2012

Review: Meely LaBauve

Meely LaBauve
Meely LaBauve by Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very enjoyable read set in the Catahoula bayou, about a Cajun boy raised by his wild spirit of a father. Emile, or Meely, goes fishing or squirrel hunting as often as he goes to school, and gets beat on by the school bully, whose uncle happens to be a police sergeant. His adventures and how he fights back are reminiscent of Huck Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird. It's a charming coming of age story, but felt a little too happy to be real. I laughed aloud many times, and the characters are all great company. A good read that'll make you want to cook up a roux and make some gumbo.


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Aa2579 said...

I would like to read a book that felt too happy to be real. I'll look for it.

Thomas Pluck said...

I've been reading so much noir lately that this was a much needed lift. Wells wrote several books in the same setting, revisiting characters, and I look forward to reading them all.

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