If you don't like this book it's probably because you didn't understand it. I don't want to compare this to "Beloved." This is the first Toni Morrison...moreIf you don't like this book it's probably because you didn't understand it. I don't want to compare this to "Beloved." This is the first Toni Morrison novel I've ever read & I am so enthralled by it that I'll be on the hunt for more of her novels.
The language was stunning and the characters were captivating. I'll read it again, I'm sure, to make a thorough comparison between this & "Beloved," but even without doing that, this is one of the best novels I have ever read. That said, I STUDIED this book. I was determined to understand it. "A Mercy" is not light reading. (less)
I just finished Marjane Satrapi's Embroideries & I have to say it was fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I laughed & learned. Satrapi'...moreI just finished Marjane Satrapi's Embroideries & I have to say it was fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I laughed & learned. Satrapi's sense of humor, depiction of Iranian men/women & Western life is great! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys graphic novels & to anyone interested in the sex lives of woman, the book says that it's specific to Iranian women, but I'm American and I know plenty of women who think the same way. I love it! (less)
I read this book expecting the worse - many people said it simply wasn't as good as the first & I have to admit - they are wrong. This book is not...moreI read this book expecting the worse - many people said it simply wasn't as good as the first & I have to admit - they are wrong. This book is not like the first at all, and for good reason, too. Satrapi documents her adolescent & into-adult years. I found the book just as spectacular as the first.(less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel...it wasn't anything "special," I'd have to say. I prefer K'wan's writing to the writing of other urban novelists, tho...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this novel...it wasn't anything "special," I'd have to say. I prefer K'wan's writing to the writing of other urban novelists, though.(less)
I read The Dew Breaker while reading Breath, Eyes, Memory and I must say that I prefer Breath, Eyes, Memory. I feel like I kinda cheated myself out of...moreI read The Dew Breaker while reading Breath, Eyes, Memory and I must say that I prefer Breath, Eyes, Memory. I feel like I kinda cheated myself out of a real opportunity to enjoy The Dew Breaker because I was in constant comparison between the two novels. The Dew Breaker is an amazing collection of tales nonetheless. I like the short story cycle Danticat perfects throughout the novel & her retelling of history is interesting, too. I'm not a fan of the structure of the novel, but I got the point & I find Danticat's retelling of history particularly interesting for readers ignorant of the history of Haiti or the literature of the Haitian diaspora. (less)
The language in this novel is breathtaking. Every single page has a memorable quote...something I valued. The characters were freaks, they were lost,...moreThe language in this novel is breathtaking. Every single page has a memorable quote...something I valued. The characters were freaks, they were lost, they were illogical, they were relatable and I found myself understanding each and every one of them. Whatever happened to Halle? I wish Morrison wrote a novel about his life...about life for the Sweet Home Boys, but I digress. The story is so intricate and I found myself enthralled with the literature. I enjoyed every page of this novel and I am proud to say that I got through the novel and understood most of it (not all - there are still parts that are a bit confusing, like Beloved's underwater man with beautiful teeth - I don't get that part). I give this novel 5 stars because the writing is beautiful, Morrison's characters are brilliant, and finally, because I do not believe I will ever encounter another writer capable of writing this story, or any variation of it, as well. Beloved is an amazing story, but I do not know if it will stick with me like A Mercy and Song of Solomon - my first and second Morrison novels...there is too much in the story that I want to forget for fear that it will haunt me, for fear that this story is a part of my history, for fear that I will continue to justify the wrongs of Sethe, Beloved, Denver, Paul D, and Stamp Paid. Morrison challenged my morale with this novel and while I am not pleased with it, I am thankful that I learned a bit more about myself and American history overall.
Now that I have finished Beloved, I feel one thing: pride. I am not as happy that I read this novel as I am that I got through it, understood it, and enjoyed it. So, if you are looking to tackle a challenging novel, then I suggest you pick up Beloved - it will take you some time to get through it, but I believe it is worth it. (less)
This collection of short stories is brilliant. Cooper did a magnificent job capturing the lives, emotions, and problems of Black women in America. I f...moreThis collection of short stories is brilliant. Cooper did a magnificent job capturing the lives, emotions, and problems of Black women in America. I found each story touching and compelling. The horror, the love, and the pain each of the women in these stories experienced is so gripping that I found myself completely lost in the stories. I enjoy each story so much, I don't even have a favorite - they are all so amazing!! The first story, "Femme Fatale" will hook you and you'll find yourself just like me: waiting for the chance to open the book and pick up where you left off. I definitely recommend this book because the writing, plots, and historical significance of these stories cannot be ignored. As a lover of women writers and African American fiction, I may be biased because Cooper writes stories that fit perfectly into my literary niche. But beyond my preferences, as an avid reader and one who drinks the English language like it water, I'm telling you that this is one of, if not the best, collection of short stories I have ever read. (less)
I never knew I could be so happy with a novel. This book is a marvelous read. I think I managed to fall madly in love with Milkman - which may sound w...moreI never knew I could be so happy with a novel. This book is a marvelous read. I think I managed to fall madly in love with Milkman - which may sound weird LOL. I've learned so much from reading this novel. Morrison has inspired me to discover more about my history and my people. I truly fell in love with the novel when Morrison delved more into the history of flying Africans. I must find a book about that so I can be more informed about that part of African history.
A beautifully written novel about an amazing African American family...I recommend this book to everyone! This book belongs on every African American's list of books to read - you must read this book and discover the significance of knowing oneself.
I wish I could write more about it, but I'm still in shock...I'm still in love...I'm still trying to work out what exactly the book means to me, and if there's more to what I need to learn. I'll be reading this one again soon.(less)
My goodness, this book really spoke to me. I'm so thankful that I read it. I would absolutely love to see this performed live. I picked up this book b...moreMy goodness, this book really spoke to me. I'm so thankful that I read it. I would absolutely love to see this performed live. I picked up this book because I heard that Tyler Perry would be directing the film version, while I'm not Perry fan I thought I'd better at least read this book and see what the hype is all about. I can assure you that every single woman in the world could benefit from reading these poems...I haven't experienced any of what was discussed in the poems, but I know that if I live long enough I will - so I took the chance to inform myself. I marked pages, I laughed, I shook my head - it was like having a conversation with my girlfriends. I recommend this book to all lovers of literature, lovers of life, and lovers of love alike.(less)
I just finished reading "Your Blues Ain't Like Mine" and all I can say is, "Wow!" Bebe Moore Campbell (may she rest in peace) wrote a really fantastic...moreI just finished reading "Your Blues Ain't Like Mine" and all I can say is, "Wow!" Bebe Moore Campbell (may she rest in peace) wrote a really fantastic historical fiction novel. The language was beautiful! I'm fascinated by Campbell's writing. I am still trying to figure out how she managed to switch narrative voices, so accurately, with so many characters. Each character had a distinct voice. For example, the strongest characters, Delotha, Ida, Mamie, and Doreen all have a completely different voice, despite having the same struggle and the same roots. Campbell tackles several painful familial issues including self-hate, alcoholism, and lovelessness and she describes their affects on people so consumed by these issues that they embody the hatred, the alcohol and the lovelessness just to get through the day. Moreover, Campbell's depiction of the men in this novel, all weak, and yet still so strong, is amazing - one might assume that a man wrote the novel, Campbell is so in tune with the feelings men (must) have when they cannot make money, provide for their families, and feel oppressed by society. Additionally, this expression by Campbell is made so much more perfect by the fact that she shows that men are men regardless of race. I mean, it's brilliant. The very fact that Campbell can present 20, 30 and 40 years of American history in 332 pages (according to my copy) and still have the time to discuss the people and how they relate to the socio-political regress and progress of their surroundings. Campbell's depiction of Black America is astounding and while reading her novel, I couldn't help but feel as if I, too, were in Mississippi, on Mamie's porch listening to the field of singing niggers; living and loving in Chicago - finally free of my motherly responsibilities, able to be just a sensual woman; and feeling the anguish and frustration that come after having my nation dilly out rights to those my father said were meant to serve me. This is one of the best novels I've read in quite a while. Campbell captures the spirit of America in this novel. My only upset is that we, the reader, along with W.T. never got to hear what Odessa, William, Wydell, and Delotha used to sing.(less)