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Youngblood

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
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 1954)
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Haengbok92
Sep 05, 2007 Haengbok92 rated it it was amazing
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.

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Eric
Feb 11, 2010 Eric rated it liked it
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
Tasha
Dec 19, 2008 Tasha rated it did not like it
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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