This premise had the potential of being a blockbuster, but there was just too much junk to wade through. I totally understand that this woman had so many problems in her life that no one would aspire to, but I just thought it was overdone, and I just didn't love reading/listening to it. I kept expecting it to get better, and although the ending sort of redeemed much of the not-so-glorious parts of the book, it just wasn't enough for me to get all excited about. It seems that Ms. McFadden tried to follow along the lines of the marvelous "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neal Hurston, but in my opinion it did not even come close.
I don't even know what I just listened to. I'm disappointed. The story just didn't seem cohesive and the ending was odd. I've only read one other book by McFadden and it was good so I had high hopes. I just don't know what happened here. I'm not sure what the plot was and I have so many questions. I was bored and only finished because I paid for it and I loved Alfre Woodard's narration. Other than that, the story was a fail for me.
Real and Thought Provoking!!!
I loved the use of real people from history. The usage of real street and places in Harlem. I felt transformed in time. The story seemed true.
All descriptions of this book state that its themes are the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance writers and the civil rights movement. The book starts in 1910 and ends in the 60s.It follows one black woman, Easter, from her childhood in the South, her time up in Harlem, skims the intervening years and then ends up back in the South again. Yes, the book does cover those themes, but there is another central theme that is not mentioned. It must be mentioned – sex. If you are going to feel uncomfortable reading about various bizarre lesbian relationships, well then look elsewhere; this theme plays a very prominent role. I am fine with lesbian relationships that focus upon the loving relationship; it is a love like any other between two individuals. I think both the heterosexual and homosexual affairs are added to this story to pique the readers' interest, to shock, to add spice to the story. I checked internet to see if the sexual tidbits were in fact historical details that had to be there to portray the historical content correctly. No, pure fiction! From my point of view they detract from the story.
Too many parts of the fictional story were too bizarre and too revolting for my taste. I felt no empathy for any character. The book is short and covers the important events in Easter's life. You are not given her internal thoughts; you watch her actions.
The reader is given information about the writers of the Harlem Renaissance.
I think it all comes down to this: I didn't like how the author told her story.
I don't know. I have not read the print version. Sorry.
It would complement The Warmth of Other Suns.
Great and expressive voices and a good ear for character and dialect.
Lots---it is in many ways a book of moving moments. But I actually think that could be interpreted as a weakness. I enjoyed it a lot though. It made my long runs great!
If I could leave a negative star review I would.... This has got to be one of the worst written books I've ever had the displeasure of listening/reading. This book jumped from one character to another to another while killing off others - who knows why or what happened after or anything pertinent to the actual story!? Throw a couple of facts from the time period in, put in a horrid scene that yes, most likely did take place back then and then call it a book. What a waste of time and a credit - to say nothing of the angst it has caused me once it called itself "the end." Boo.