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John Oliver Killens's landmark novel of social protest chronicles the lives of the Youngblood family and their friends in Crossroads, Georgia, from the turn of the century to the Great Depression. Its large cast of powerfully affecting characters includes Joe Youngblood, a tragic figure of heroic physical strength; Laurie Lee, his beautiful and strong-willed wife; Richard...more
Paperback, 488 pages
Published April 6th 2000 by University of Georgia Press (first published December 31st 1982)
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John Oliver Killen's tale of the life of the Youngblood family in Crossrads, Georgia from 1900 to the mid 1930s. Killens weaves a story of race, class, privilege, sex and suffering for this fictional family against a backdrop of WWI and the depression. Younglblood is very well written though Killens takes the reader through several slow periods that seem to drag on for an interminable period of time. I wondered as I read this book if the same story could have been told without taking the reader...more
Sep 14, 2007 Haengbok92 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Youngblood is one hell of a good book. It traces the history of Joe and Laurie Lee Youngblood, their family, and how they change their world. The narrative voice takes a little bit to get used to, but is exactly the perfect choice to really take you into the world and characters of the book. After a few pages, I was completely encompassed by the world. The book is also beautifully structured, each event building on the next to bring you to a stunningly moving conclusion.

This book also had a dee...more
A good book, though I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read it closer to its publication year of 1954 when books on racism weren't such a trite issue. I love these types of books, but I've read so many, and I think the extent to which this book went in on the different sides of racism wasn't as powerful since I've heard the second rate renditions of this sense of understanding. Almost 4 stars. In the beginning it went on for a while without the reader knowing where exactly it was going to...more
Although set deeply in patriarchy, this book teems with warmth and beauty. It depicts some of the harsh struggles for labor rights in the Jim Crow South. I recall it as a super cozy read.
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