Wilkerson has taken on the massive task of diligently and honestly recording an often overlooked era of American History. What she has accomplished with this book is highly commendable and I am a better, wiser person for having listened to it. I did often find myself quite bored listening to the factual segments of the book, which sounded at times like someone reading a Wikipedia article. But in the end, there was a tremendous payoff in the new, deeper understanding I have gained about our country's past.
I did struggle to complete this book, as it was one of.our Book Club selections. It did generate an interesting discussion, however.
The narrator spoke too slow, but maybe that was intentional. might have been better with other readers for the main characters.
The characters were well chosen representing different classes, migration routes and lifestyles, and the research was obviously extensive.
Yes. Warmth of Other Suns doesn't shy away from telling events just as they happened; with all the rawness and cruelty of some people, the vulnerability and invisible scars of others, and the inexplicable perverseness of human behavior juxtaposed with its unlimited potential to overcome internal and external injuries. It's multi-layered and complex, like we are. Some win, and some lose, as we do. And the reader cannot help but feel for these people, scream when they couldn't, cry when they couldn't. This is, to me, a more invaluable read than too many titles I've been mandated to study in history and english alike; this is American History, one a shamed America desperately tries to bury. But these voices will live on forever. Read it and pass it on.
Yes, if only I could stay awake and engaged for so many hours!
The roots of racism are told here in a very real fashion. The story of three lives in three different decades put a very human touch to the history of black America. The people here are ordinary folks who lived out their lives in the shadow of unjust treatment wherever they went without having done any harm to anyone. It's a remarkable journey of the 6 million African Americans with slave beginnings that sought to have a more just existence for themselves and their children.
Beautifully written if not a bit too long. A story that needed to be told.
The author handled the subject matter masterfully. Thank you for the history that you researched and shared; all makes me feel closer to my ancestors and the plight that they had to endure just to survive in their own country. The reader was excellent.
I listened to this book not understanding the history of the black migration from the south. I have known of the dust bowl migration so well described in Steinbeck's the grapes of wrath but this was a revelation to me. It is fascinating to contemplate the various dislocations that occurred following racism within this country. Learning the sociological and historical implications of other such dislocations such as the relocation camps during World War II with the Japanese would be interesting. All in all this is a fascinating history of this event that should be part of history taught to all American high school students.
If you're southern raised, you probably never learned just how bad the black experience was after reconstruction. There's so much evil I believe we're ashamed to bring it up. But this book is a compassionate exposition that will healthily expose the truth that needs to be heard