I first read this book in the early 70s at the behest of a friend who was trying to explain what it was like to be black and gay. I was overwhelmed by the beauty, the delicacy and the anger of Baldwin's words. I knew I would never forget how much pain and loneliness was part of that life. Baldwin's people were well delineated, but the plot was missing an ending.
Hearing this book now, instead of reading, made the book as fresh as the first time I read it. Despite any faults inherent in the novel, I still recommend this book and looking past those faults into the heart of a nab who he felt he didn't belong.
This is the first historical fiction that I can remember reading in my youth. Norah Lofts was a wonderful beginning for a young girl and this book was a good reminder to me of why I came to love history.
This is not a bodice ripper, but rather, a retelling of an actual historical life with never a vampire in sight. And I still look forward to many more of Lofts' novels.
I sang and I cried through this book -- and I have started it again as soon as I finished it the first time.. This novel is the history of an African American family from slavery through the civil rights movement. The audio novel is captures the music that colored the lives of these women ,,, primarily women. .The language is as musical as the actual songs. Sometimes, the novel is in third person, and other times in first person with so much pain that I listened with tears on my face. These authors also wrote "for colored girls ..." and this novel is a fitting follow-up. I recommend this book wholeheartedly. The one exception is the adult language and adult situations. which are appropriate to the plot but people need to be aware in advance.
What is there to say about a book that helped me feel that my quirks and oddities weren't so odd? The lovely sweetness of that red-haired orphan has stayed with me ever since. This reading is a perfect look into a time that no longer exists but for which we long,
A wonderful book for a road trip with young girls.
The book had some very compelling anecdotes about animals being torn from their habitats and the subsequent life in the zoo. That was reasonably entertaining but I was left wondering about the author's point of view: If, as he demonstrated so clearly, the habitats are no longer safe, where else should these beautiful creatures go but to the zoos -- of which he has made us way?
My first introduction to "The Egyptian" was through a late night movie with Michael Rennie playing Sinuhe. The credits stated something like: Adapted from Mika Waltari's bestsellling novel." I got the book out of the library the very next day and found several things, not the least of which is that Hollywood doesn't always follow the story in the book.
The story of Sinuhe, an Egyptian physician, is told in first person and describes his life in the time of great change. He is peripheral to the major historical happenings, close enough to see what actuallyhappens to ordinary people when the leaders make monumental changes.
The narrator was ... okay. I think I was expecting Michael Rennie,
I read this first in the early 60s and again now, almost 50 years later and I find I still enjoy the book and see even more layers than I did so long ago.
[This is my review for both volumes; it is one bookl after all.
Very interesting example of Southern life in the early part of the 20th century. Seen through the eyes of a young teenager, the story captures the slow charm of the small town life as it hints at the ugly side of the racial relations and lack of women's rights.
The narration is fine, but there's a small technical glitch: every hour or so, two or three lines are simply repeated. Weird.
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