©2009 Sapphire; (P)2009 Random House
I purchased this book and had it sitting on my iPod to listen to . . but decided after watching the Academy Awards on Sunday to listen to it before I rented and watched the movie. And I was not disappointed . . although the language is raw . . the feeling is real. And the further you get into the story . . . you realize it's not just about being black, poor or the result of a system of well-fare that frequently instead of helping people . . only makes them more dependent and promotes fraud. It also reminds us of a society that preys on females . . . and that abuse crosses all color barriers. And it's the story of one girl's ability to overcome all of these barriers . . . and develop into a whole person. A truly inspirational story . . . now I'm looking forward to watching the movie based on it as well.
It's hard to find the words that can describe the feelings brought about by this book. Anger doesn't seem to be quite right, nor does sadness. Precious is a product of her environment, which is a product of our society. Her tale is gut-wrenching and all too real.
After you've recovered from the horrors in this book, you want to jump up and take action against all the forces involved in creating the situation in which Precious lives.
This book is a must for everyone - especially educators and anyone else working with underprivileged and/or abused children.
I got this not knowing much about the writer or story. Just kept hearing the Oscar buzz for it. I can not express enough how heart wrenching gutting and somehow drizzled with hope this journey has been. I have cried, cheered and have been taken on a journey through the narrators voice. The language is real, raw unrepentant. Days later I'm still thinking of Precious...
As soon as I listed to the sample I knew I had to download this. The narrator is stunningly talented and the book is gripping. Highly recommend.
This is such a great book. No it wasn't deep and it wasn't long but it made its point very clear. The movie was good but the book is great. I felt like I was walking with Precious through all of her issues.
This young lady is unique and extraordinary because all despicable behavior that humans can inflict, she experienced first hand. It took me awhile to listen to the book, because I could not stop crying. I thought my childhood was awful, this is the most awful case of child abuse,everyone has failed Precious. I am dumbfounded that Precious states in the last part of her book, "I don't hate no one". I really do not know if I could not hate after living thru abuse such as what she lived. She is truly a wonderful person.
This was a brutal listen. At an early point I wasn't sure that I would get through it and then I realized I couldn't possibly not listen. Beautifully read, very poetic. Gripping.
It's dark subject matter, but you can tell Sapphire has enormous empathy and respect for the girls like Precious she has taught and through her eyes, the listener can't help being won over.
The narrator was excellent - she gave Precious one of the most memorable voices I have heard. In fact, I don't think the story would have been nearly as fluid had I read it instead of listening to it.
The story and tone reminded me a little of A Patch Of Blue (Elizabeth Kata).
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