The Wilder Life should not be mistaken for a Bryson-style travelogue. It's a solid memoir of a more interior journey into childhood imagination and joThe Wilder Life should not be mistaken for a Bryson-style travelogue. It's a solid memoir of a more interior journey into childhood imagination and journeys into adulthood.
It's a coming to terms with adulthood story....more
**spoiler alert** While a page-turner, I found the retelling to be a bit besotted with the central figure and far too reliant on a single person's rem**spoiler alert** While a page-turner, I found the retelling to be a bit besotted with the central figure and far too reliant on a single person's remembrances.
Too many portions of this book offered stories that have been told and retold too many times to retain the truth of the original situation.
While I think the author had good intentions and Zamperini is an interesting figure (I liked Phil more), the book seems less history and more like stories told within families (full of embellishment when it comes to positive traits and reduction of conflicted details).
I think this is a story of survival more than heroism- and those tales have importance too....more
When I saw this on a swap shelf, I couldn't resist taking it (even though the ex-library paperback was in really poor condition with dark stains, wateWhen I saw this on a swap shelf, I couldn't resist taking it (even though the ex-library paperback was in really poor condition with dark stains, water damage, and loose pages).
While race is a common theme in science-fiction, Kindred's approach is historical rather than futuristic. Even the novel's "contemporary" world (it was published in 1979) feels otherworldly with electric pencil sharpeners and sought-after typewriters.
I'm actually surprised that Butler hasn't been more embraced as in African-American literature classes and the academic canon- maybe if Butler's primary label of science-fiction had been something like magical realism this book would have been more widely read and taught. It's a shame that Toni Morrison books are so overused when gems like Kindred exist.
When Dana finds herself drawn back into slaveholding Missouri of the early 1800s to save a white ancestor, she finds herself in a truly alien environment. How does an black woman of the late 20th century survive in a world where she holds no personal rights and knows almost nothing about daily living?
The book is illuminating about the history of slavery in America, but it also opens conversations about contemporary society trying to understand a past that is more alien than we like to remember.
This book's sadness is countered by many of the characters' remarkable strength, courage, and resourcefulness.
Kindred is a must for anyone who has read Toni Morrison. Octavia Butler takes similar historic circumstances but illuminates them in a way that is more personal and thought-provoking....more