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"Gaines' novel brings to mind other great works: The Odyssey, for the way his heroine's travels manage to summarize the American history of her race; and Huckleberry Finn for the clarity of her voice, for her rare capacity to sort through the mess of years and things to find the one true story of it all." (Newsweek)
This was such a lovely account of a time we no longer want to think of as part of america. The story tells a sad story with a main charater that has such a positive attitude we could all learn from.
this book was relevant and intriguing, and listening to it now seemed so timely it was scary. the Confederate battle flag that is the talk of the year is surely an un mentioned character. .. and you want to believe the war wasn't about slavery? Listen to this amazing women who I wish I could have met her
I really enjoyed this book. The story was compelling and the narration was very good. However, there were jumps and skips in the recording that were very discordant to the listening.
I'm not sure if it was the story line or the narration but this was the worst book I have ever listened to. It was not a compelling story line and the "He said" "she said" "they said" was so so overused.
The teaser promised a great biography, spanning 100+ years, about and told through the eyes of a former slave. In reality, this book was a collection of unrelated events that occurred over the lifetime of this woman. Most events were unremarkable and there was no conclusion.
I wish I could have seen this play with Cicely Tyson in the 60's. I'm sure it was edited time-wise and very powerful. It's still a good story, and may be a true story, but the unabridged version sort of rambles, and is a few hours too long.
I would definitely recommend this book to a friend as though it is a work of fiction, I think it vividly depicts the experience of African Americans during slavery, the post civil war reconstruction years and the dawn of the civil rights movement.
As I read the book, I was reminded of 12 Years a Slave. The description of some the experiences of African Americans in the South reminded me of incidents referenced in 12 Years a Slave.
I think the reader did a fantastic job. Her intonation and inflections were on point.
I could clearly distinguish between characters as her transitions were seamless. She conveyed tremendous emotion at appropriate points.
I would call it "The Rebirth of Jane Pittman". Why? I think that as the book progressed we saw Jane moving from being a passive observer and narrator of the issues/events (e.g. social and political ones) affecting African Americans, to an active participant in the struggle for the rights of the community of African Americans.
This was a really enjoyable novel!
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