In this deeply personal book, the celebrated Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat reflects on art and exile. Inspired by Albert Camus and adapted from her own lectures for Princeton University’s Toni Morrison Lecture Series, here Danticat tells stories of artists who create despite (or because of) the horrors that drove them from their homelands. Combining memoir and essay, these moving and eloquent pieces examine what it means to be an artist from a country in crisis.
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Really beautiful essays. Danticat is a wonderful author.
No! She reads every sentence with the exact same intonation and lilt in her voice, she sounds like a machine, like Siri.
Definitely, I would listen to it if someone else read it. I enjoy Danticat's work, but listening to this reader is like listening to the computer voice on my GPS read a story (sorry Ms. Kalbli).
The story itself and Danticat's manner of telling it.
No. I'm sorry, it's like listening to my GPS read me a story. Too little variation in tone for such an important story.
No. I like to listen in 1 hour segments.
I feel badly for the reader of the story, but after several listening attempts, the reader's voice was so monotone I actually had to turn my iPod off as I couldn't stand the reading voice.
This collection of essays really provided an interesting take on the role of art, how it effects society, and it's importance in times of crisis. When people talk about the crucial role art has in times of collective hardship and grief, I believe it, but with limited evidence. What Edwidge Danticat manages to do—in an incredibly non-confrontational, yet entirely convincing manner—is make a case for this importance. She manages to show real instances that art serves its function to help us process difficult situations like immigration, domestic disputes, or even national emergencies. It is masterfully written.
The story is both captivating and informational as a nonfiction work. I found the narration particularly compatible with the tone of the book and it was pleasing to listen to while easy to follow.
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