Song Yet Sung
Author James McBride does an amazing job of illustrating the complexities of slavery. By the end of the book I couldn't hate the slave owners or the...more
I'd normally devour a book of this nature but it took me about a week of carrying around the book in my purse and finally I forced myself to sit down today and read it because I just wanted to get it done to move on the my next book.
---But I don't know who I am.
---Well, there it is, he said ruefully. That's a problem, a...more
The book does an excellent job in dealing with ques...more
After a moving tribute to his Jewish mother (The Color of Water, 1996) and a novel about African American soldiers in World War II (Miracle at St. Anna, 2003), jazz musician and composer James McBride reaches even further into the past to explore the complexities and unpredictability of human nature against the backdrop of slavery. Based on actual historical figures, including Harriet Tubman, McBride's novel starts slowly but soon develops into a suspenseful, action-packed adventure. Some critic...more
Liz Spocott is a two headed, one who sees visions and dreams, slave of 1850 Maryland, who is attempting to escape to the North. She is shot in the head and captured by some illegal slave traders who capture freemen or steal slaves and sell them in the de...more
The story is told through the life of Liz, a slave, w...more
McBride's sweet 'Song'
Trek from slavery to freedom makes a compelling novel
By Jenny Shank , Special to the Rocky
Published February 8, 2008 at 12:05 a.m.
James McBride's new book sheds light on a shameful aspect of American history: slavery.
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James McBride's 1996 memoir, The Color of Water, chronicled his life growing up in an impoverished Brooklyn family with 12 children, as the son of a black father and a Jewish mother who had emigrated from Po...more
“-- With all I seen, I don’t know that I believe in God anymore….
“-- Don’t matter…. He believes in you.”
“-- Every truth is a lie. I heard that said. Only tomorrow is truthful.”
But Song Yet Sung rises above its author’s sometimes clumsy attempts at profundity, because James McBride knows how to tell a story. His earlier novel, Miracle at St. Anna, is being filmed by Spike Lee, and his memoir, The Color of Water, about growing up in an interracial f...more
This book is set on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the 1850's. The characters are escaped slaves, free blacks, slave owners, slave catchers, watermen. I want to go wander around the places described in the book. I especially want to visit the birthplace of Harriet Tubman, near Cambridge, MD.
Liz, the Dreamer says to Amber, "You love the North. You love a...more
I found it fascinating to...more
No doubt as you are trying to drift off to sleep you do so only after darkly pondering, "what did Barbara from Dallas mean when she said that I used chocolate as an adjective too many times. And, man, should I really listen to Trevor S. and censor my use of the n-word?"
I'm also certain that you love...more
Aside from the story, I liked McBride’s use of description. One of my favorite examples of this when he describes the Woolman as “He was a negro, at least nineteen hands high, with m...more
I think the best part of the book is it's magical, mystical feel. History to me feels like that when a good writer writes it, and fiction, I believe, should always have magic in it somehow. Otherwise, why are we reading? From the characters to the setting to the plot... everything was magical in a way that felt real, not Disne...more