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 MorrisonIf 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. ...more
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 notI 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....more
The language in this novel is breathtaking. Every single page has a memorable quote...something I valued. The characters were freaks, they were lost,The 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. ...more
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 wI 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....more
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 bMy 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....more
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 fantasticI 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....more
*Updated review * Now I remember why I started to explore books by Black authors. I tried to remember what made me enjoy reading so much and, after rer*Updated review * Now I remember why I started to explore books by Black authors. I tried to remember what made me enjoy reading so much and, after rereading The Coldest Winter Ever, now I've got it. I always enjoyed reading but there was a time when books seemed to come alive for me and it is marked by Sister Souljah's first novel. I grew up in the suburbs and know nothing of life in New York, the drug game, etc. But I've always felt The Coldest Winter Ever. I learned the importance of connecting with my Black brothers and sisters; I learned that unity and selflessness are essential to my progress, they're what make me useful to the Black community; and I learned that my life is in my hands - I can choose to be Winter or Sister Souljah - a product of my environment or one who changes my environment for the better. I'm not sure Sister Souljah meant for The Coldest Winter to be such a dynamic literary work, as I know it has impacted the lives of MANY young Black men and women who felt shut out of literature. I appreciate her writing. I read a lot of urban lit and I truly believe that every urban lit writer has tried to recreate Winter's character, yet none have come close. While I haven't been so enthused by her Midnight series, it, too, served a significant literary purpose and her work continues to grow, touching the lives of young Blacks. I still encourage everyone to read The Coldest Winter Ever and be changed, have your mind opened and receive a true account of the calculated post slavery denigration of the Black male and the destruction of the Black family with the drug trade. Sister Souljah's The Coldest Winter Ever is insightful, educational and entertaining.
*Initial review * An amazing literary work...while the novel is set in an urbane environment, I think everyone has much to learn from the characters in this novel....more