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Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson
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Jun 02, 09

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Read in June, 2009

This is arguably one of the best books in Wilson's Pittsburgh century cycle. His writing style amazes me in so many ways because of his ability to captivate the essence of Africa-Americans each decade, as America changes either for the better or for the worst, and whether or not the Black America correlates with that. The primary novel starts off with Aunt Ester, a 285 year old spiritual woman who gives guidance to those around her. Her maturity and wise aura growing up in slavery for over 200 years, and trying to learn what it feels like to be free. Through her journey, she comes and tries to help those around her such as Black Mary, Citizen Barlow, Solly Two Kings, Eli and Selig; and unfortunately failing at breaking through Caesar, the antagonist of the novel whose determination to go through with the rule of law sets him apart in more ways than just a cruel person. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys plays, and would love to get into the series as well!

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