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Meridian

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  3,420 ratings  ·  114 reviews
A woman puts her own happiness aside in pursuit of justice as the civil rights movement sweeps through the South

As she approaches the end of her teen years, Meridian Hill has already married, divorced, and given birth to a son. She’s looking for a second chance, and at a small college outside Atlanta, Georgia, in the early 1960s, Meridian discovers the civil rights movemen
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ebook, 242 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Open Road Media (first published 1976)
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Debbie
Thought provoking..Educational..A great discussion book

The inside cover over of this book says it was published in 1976 and this fits. I can see it. The Civil Rights 60's are over. What was The Movement has either died or morphed into something else. This book is almost a reflective look at its history, humble beginnings, the height and what became of it. All this metaphorically speaking through the protagonist character of Meridian, the books namesake.

In an Alice Walker book, Alice is a good
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Rowland Bismark
Though Alice Walker has worked in a variety of genres, including children’s literature, poetry, nonfiction, and screenwriting, she is best known for her novels, which give voice to the concerns of an often doubly oppressed group: African American women. She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Color Purple, which extends and solidifies many of the themes she first touched upon in her early work, which includes Meridian. In many ways, Meridian anticipates and paves the way for W ...more
Craig
The book that lit my activist fire...
Randy
PBS recently aired a fascinating documentary on the writer Alice Walker who rose literally from a hardscrabble existence to reverence as writer and activist. I have always been a fan of her clear prose and rich characters, and I was reminded that I had never read Meridien, her second novel, which is now available for e-readers, as are all her works.
While The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy are better known novels, and worthy of their accolades and reader
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Caroline Bock
I found the main character Meridian fascinating in this novel by the eminent Alice Walker. Set in the early 60s to the late 60s -- this novel is about race, particularly about a black women undergoing personal and political changes. Some beautiful images -- see Sojourner tree -- fertilized by the cut out tongue of slave woman. Structurally, the chapters shift from past to present, and the reader must pay attention. I like that. However, this is a story of a powerful story of race in America made ...more
Faith
Meridian is the story of a black woman in the South during the 60s. Meridian Hill is only 17 when she has been married, pregnant and divorced, and after giving her child away, she becomes politically involved in the 60s civile rights issues...

Hmm, I didn't really get the point of the book, I think... The plot was very diffuse (well, the Swedish word 'flummig', which I never use, would be the most right word). There wasn't that much happening in the book, and it took very long to get into the boo
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Ilyhana Kennedy
"Meridian" is a challenging read. It dips into places that are often raw and sometimes beyond comprehension.
The novel is described as being about a woman named Meridian hill, an activist in civil rights work in the American South in the 60's. I found that it was equally the story of the white woman Lynne, who also joined the Civil Rights Movement.
This is not a 'read for pleasure' book, but more of an understanding of the distortion experienced in relationships affected by racism.
The story zig-za
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Abeer Hoque
"Meridian" is set in post civil rights black America but reaches back deeply at least two generations, and sometimes as far back as 1800's slavery. Ms. Walker's language is incandescent, her story incendiary, her characters thoughtful and deeply provoking. Like when I read James Baldwin for the first time, I was moved to racial rage many times, and I learned so much about how it was (is) for people of colour, and for those who loved them. I especially loved the writing, clear and sparkling, and ...more
Geoffrey Bateman
I can't believe I hadn't read this book before now! It's beautifully written, and it covers such an important time period in our nation's history--the Civil Rights Movement and its immediate aftermath--that it's worth reading just for the insights it sheds in this regard. But Walker explores some difficult material here, especially the radicalized sexual politics of the Movement and the 1960s and 1970s. But most importantly, it tells the story of an African American women who rises out of povert ...more
Brandelyn
This is definitely a book I will have to read multiple times to catch all of the hidden themes and messages so I cannot give a complete review of my thoughts quiet yet. I will say, however, that Alice Walker stunned me with her uncanny ability to speak on behalf of the generation and to give voice to the needs of women everywhere. On the first go round I have to say this book was a delicious read.
Catherine
This is the second Alice Walker book I have read at precisely the right time. I am not ready to put into words the emotions, thoughts and call to act this book has inspired, but in this week of Trayvon, this was the right book to have on my nightstand.
I should note that the narrative is not linear, but what I value of Walker's writing is her ability to provoke strong emotions with the images she creates.
Janessa Lantz
Before people can change, they have to feel. Meridian is about the fight to make people feel, feel enough that they try to change things, and all the madness that comes along with that magnitude of feeling.

This is my favorite part:

That night, after the Wild Child was buried in an overgrown corner of a local black cemetery, students, including Anne-Marion, rioted on Saxon campus for the first time in its long, placid, impeccable history, and the only thing they managed to destroy was The Sojourn
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Tia-simone
I really love this book. All the changes that Meridian is moving through are moving her, it seems, not only to a higher consciousness of her womanhood or blackness, but towards deciding for herself how she wants to be human. And maybe she doesn't...
darent
Meridian Hill captivates the reader into her world of despair and longing. The story weaves the past and present of those marginalized by society. Her ultimate victory and triumphant self-awareness is a testament to the human spirit.
Martha Troy
An insight into the civil rights movement from a different perspective. Brought back the 60's. Good writing , good read.
Edelmira Brown
This is another one of my favorite books that I read many years ago.
Patricia
I'm beginning to read from my stash of unread books That is threating to topple over. I purchased this tiny book at a used book store because I knew that it was an important work. The setting is in rural Georgia in the early sixties the time of school integration and voter registration and the unlikely friendship between two, confused women, Meridian who is black and Lynn who is white and Truman, the black man they both loved. There is so much history in this small book that I can't absorb it al ...more
Shanice
This book never really drew me in. I didn't understand the explanation for Meridian's young promiscuity. There was no explanation given for Meridian's strange illness. Were we suppose to guess what ailed her? It seemed as though Walker wanted the reader to hate but sympathize with Lynne, two very complicated emotions to combine. Truman sadly is a reflection of a number of black men who were a part of the civil rights movement. They wanted freedom/civil liberties for their race but didn't want to ...more
Leah
Meridian Hill is a silent, eccentric, and determined woman who has held onto her strength and dignity despite the many hardships she has faced throughout her life. The events leading up to the opening chapters are dispersed throughout the novel in scattered, yet plausible flashbacks. Meridian's life is filled with many unique people and events that shape her into a seemingly worry free woman, the outcome being the opposite of what would normally be expected with her experiences.

The one thing tha
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Sverre
== Difficult to connect with characters ==

Meridian was the first Alice Walker book I tried to read and I didn’t get even half way. Scanning ahead in the book didn’t encourage me to finish it. I would not call it a novel. There was no flow or progression to the narrative, dialogue was scarce and—if it were an essay—the thesis lacked a focused conviction. It did read like segments of an essay, cut up and shuffled backward and forward, with a political civil rights theme emphasizing racial differen
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Wayne
A wonderful book about unhappy people in difficult circumstances, the civil rights era, unfolding upon a canvas that could be called A Tale of Two Women (and the Man Who Wanted Their Love Despite Himself). You can see why I'm an unpublished writer and Alice Walker has the accolades: she knows a good title. Her writing is fine, command of character and metaphor indisputable, grasp of destructive nature, both within and from all sides without, elegant and unstinting, her gaze unblindered by maudli ...more
Amy Hocking
I was blown away by this book! Meridian Hill is...indomitable? I'm not sure. The book centers around a story of the struggle for black people to obtain the rights granted them by the Civil Rights Act in the American South. Walker doesn't take a singular view to the history. The voter drives Meridian does reveal stories of rural black people who have no interest is suffrage while the realities of desegregation are laid bare. "Freedom" is continually visited throughout the book. "Freedom" for a mo ...more
Sondang
eperti biasa, aku suka cara bertutur Alice Walker (
Meridian mengisahkan perjuangan seorang perempuan bernama Meridian -as usual kulit hitam- dengan cita-citanya mensosialisasikan salah satu hak azasi manusi -pemilu-. Perjuangannya bukan hal yang gampang, karena ternyata tantangan itu bukan hanya datang dari perlakuan kaum kulit putih yang diskriminan (which is always beautifully written by Alice), tapi dari para kulit hitam sendiri. Dalam perjuangannya menegakkan apa yang diyakininya -dengan car
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David GOldie
Walter's unique style brought to bear on the struggle for Civil Rights

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Once again, Ms. Walker's inimitable style focuses the reader on the spirit of the movement, embodied in the main character and her memories of her best friend. A haunting and moving story, and a must-read for Walker's fans,the book tenderly opens the hearts of Meridien's townsfolk one by one, and the worlds within each.




Kathy-Ann Fletcher
This book was a challenging read leaving many of the supposed great mysteries of the book unexplained or dealt with inadequately in my opinion. For example, What was this life challenging sickness that Meridian has? I found it hard to connect with any of the characters and had mild sympathy for the lead character. I generally love books like this but I feel like this was an example of no cohesiveness and poor character and plot development.
Pamela Pickering
I SO wanted to like this book. It's my first Alice Walker book to read (having seen The Color Purple) and I was just sure I would love it. Well dang, I couldn't even get through it. Enjoyed the story, the main character and really wanted to find out how Meridian's story ended but I just could not get past the lack of cohesiveness. No one should work this hard to get through a short book. Perhaps if the book had a better editor?
Karen Banks
I love the detail that Walker puts into her works and the quiet strength of her protagonists. Meridian does not have an easy life but she isn't engulfed by her obstacles or hardships. Searching for herself, she remains true to what she knows about herself, no matter how it affects others. Like The Sojourner, Meridian survives.
Becky Jenson Straub
This was one of those "I read it because it was on a list and she is an acclaimed author". Needless to say, I didn't really enjoy it much. I actually think I didn't understand it very much. I had a very hard time relating to the characters and the era. But, I'm probably a better person for reading it!
Emily Browne
brilliant and powerful. One of my favourite books
Mixes the factual with fiction to give it more depth and importance. Meridian is not a character that everyone cab relate to but she has so much strength that you can't help but admire her. Set in the 1960's-70's America durong the civil rights movement
Jessie
Although I am a fan of The Color Purple, I have to say, I really didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I enjoyed what the book was about but I think the way it was written just felt overwhelming. Despite my opinion, the book is about a woman named Meridian Hill who is passionate about the civil rights movement. She is tested by individuals who ask her how far she would go to fight for the rights of African Americans; she responds that she would not kill for it. I thought that line ...more
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Alice Walker (b. 1944), one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, an ...more
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“And there was no entertainment for them at night. They were too poor to own a television set. But they seemed content. Truman with his sculpting and building the recreation center. Lynne writing poems occasionally, reading them to her friends, then tearing them up.” 1 likes
“Spanish moss draggled bloody to the ground; amen corners creaked with grief; and the thrill of being able, once again, to endure unendurable loss produced so profound an ecstasy in mourners that they strutted, without noticing their feet, along the thin backs of benches: their piercing shouts of anguish and joy never interrupted by an inglorious fall.” 0 likes
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