A very well written historical book.
Cutting for Stone
Not Sure.I don't pay attention-to the reader i'm more interested in the story line.
Yes the death of the Dr
Again struck by intensity of the hatred the Whites have towards Black People. I have difficulties understanding the root of the hatred. What did Black people do to the whites? Should'nt the hatred be from the oppressed on the oppressor?
This is a history of my family. A history that I lived as a child but did not know why a majority of my aunts and uncles moved "up north" from Alabama. I thought I knew my family's history. The Warmth of Other Suns informed me that I did not. My sons have been charged to listen or read this history our history. I left the South in the late sixties for a better life. I have no regrets. This book should be a must read for all people as it is the story of mankind and an American history that should be told.
The subject matter was so very compelling to read. I felt like a whole world of my history and the history of racial matters in this country was opening up to me. I am an educated woman with several advanced degrees...I can honestly say I learned something on every page of this audiobook. I grew to love the characters and they represented people in my own family. The reader was clear and entertaining. An Excellent Experience--very well worth the time investment.
When Dr. Robert Foster was driving from Louisiana and could not find rest at any hotel. His pain was my pain. His triumph was my triumph
My favorite scene was the Christmas party held at Dr. Foster's mansion
I was so moved when George died, then when all the protaganist died. I was sad to no longer be able to be with them
If you are a history buff or someone who is interested in history you will learn a tremendous amount from this well researched factual book. The best part is the skill of Ms. Wilkerson and the the performer to pull you in to the story
It is clear that the interviews the author did getting ready to write this book paid off. I could not quit listening. A great reminder of where the bias's of the nation have been and are, as we learn, again, about the flight and fight so many brave people took moving from the 'cotton curtain' to the warmth of other suns.
An epic story seen through the lives of three very different people; a wonderful balance between the big story of the Jim Crow South and the Great Migration and the personal experiences and telling details that bring it alive. The narrator gives a great performance, giving each of the main characters his or her own voice.
This book finally put a name on what I could see and experience all around me but didn't understand quite how it happened and what to call it. I have studied other migrant populations so IW's naming the migration of southern blacks to the north made sense. Very informative and very ambitious and very successful.
I prefer listening to unabridged books but this book could have had a great deal more editing. The frequent repetition of certain facts about her main "characters" was too much. I hadn't forgotten what I heard an hour before!
This book enriched my understanding of the experience of African-Americans more profoundly than any work of fiction or nonfiction has been able to do. Wilkerson has done an unsurpassed job of illuminating the dynamics of race in all parts of the United States, throughout the twentieth century. The comparisons she makes with the experiences of other immigrants fleeing oppressive conditions around the world made the narratives of the Great Migration much more relatable than they otherwise might have been. These narratives, three biographies that run throughout the book, make for compulsive listening, ably complemented by broader historical background.
I read this book because I love oral histories, but got so much more out of it. This book gave me an excellent perspective on possibly why there is so much animosity in today's current racial environment. I think that Wilkerson shows that it's not slavery that causes the animosity; it's Jim Crow -- an event in the memory of many grandma's and grandpa's, not super-distant relations. Wilkerson reminds us throughout the book both with her historical chronicles but through the beautifully woven stories of her three main protagonists that Jim Crow was in some ways worse than slavery because it left so much of a gray area that a black person, especially male, was at all times vulnerable to the crack of it's silent but potentially deadly whip. But the three main characters' stories are so engaging that it made me feel I was making this journey with them; I was vested from the get go. And I have to admit, tears were shed in my car when the book was over. There is a great post-script at the end about Wilkerson's methodology for anyone interested as well. Great listen, great narration, Miles distinguishes the voices without being goofy or weird. I would listen to this again if it weren't so long! I feel I learned more about current race relations and challenges than I ever learned in school. Thank you, Wilkerson, for a job well done.
I admit I haven't finished this YET. But I quickly got bored. I probably misread the review but I did not realize this was about Black migration. I thought it was about all the migrants.
May finish it when i am stuck someplace and have nothing else to listen to, but I am not feeling like I am missing anything.
Goes to show that awards and accolades do not necessarily mean anything to any given individual. By the way, I DO love to read American history, so it is not that I am not used to the genre.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
I really enjoy books like this normally, so I was surprised when I found that I just could not get through this book. I think the people who were written about have very interesting stories to tell, but the way the book is formatted made it difficult to learn the stories. It jumps back and forth between the lives of these people which I found to be monotonous. I also found the quotes at the beginning of the chapters to be too much. Maybe my soul was not poetic enough for this book??