While I applaud Rawles' effort to place Jim and Sadie's stories in a broader, more historically accurate ...more
I came to this book equating American slavery with hard work in the hot sun accompanied by whippings. I left equating American slavery with the systemic rape of women and children, violent theft of small children from their mothers, routine murder, and ...more
This was a beautifully written book accounting the life of the wife of Huckleberry Finn's Jim. The writing style is as if her slightly educated granddaughter is writing the novel, so it takes a bit of getting used to (very little punctuation, misspelled words, slang, etc.) but it really pulls you into the time period. I guess even though it is ...more
The story line is great. What happened to those whom Jim loved when he lit out with Huck? What is their story?
What is the story of sundered love and deep loss for a people as experienced through the eyes of a young woman who lives the massive change that takes ...more
Although Mark Twain never mentioned Jim's wife by name in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, award-winning playwright and novelist Rawles gives Sadie a tale "as heart-wrenching a personal history as any recorded in American literature" (New York Times). Here, the subtext of slavery that lingers behind Twain's classic is given full due, and it is appalling in its near unspeakable details about slave life. Critics were universally moved by Sadie's short story, and praise the author's...more
Maybe not the best book to pick up after The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. With the world immersive dialogue of Mark Twain still lingering, Rawles's My Jim feels inauthentic and almost sterile in comparison. Knowing that her dialogue was going to be compared to that of Twain, I can't help but wonder why Rawles chooses to have her characters speak is a less slang heavy way.
My Jim is conceptually interesting but it honestly could have been about any other ...more
It is the untold story of Jim the charater from Huckleberry Finn. While in that book Jim seems only there to serve the interests and world view of Huck, this book brings Jim (and the wife and family that ...more
This book is short (161 pages), and I think it's well worth the read.
I found it annoying that almost all the blurbs in the cover refer to Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn. I suppose Ms. Rawles was inviting these kinds of comparisons herself. However, the connection is tenuous and not really fleshed out, and I think the book is all the better for it. If the narrator hadn't spelled it out that the Jim that Sadie talks about is the same Jim that travels with Huck, you ...more
The original objections to this "veriest ...more
p.23 But my Jim a seer. Thats how he make it back alive.
p.25 Life a bloody business gal. Better get used to it.
p.28 Mama say Jim aint regular. He got that forward and backward at the same time.
p.121 They in hell and they worry about going to hell.
p.140 Just I gots to keep living just to see when thing gonna change.
My Jim would be an excellent supplemental text for Huck Finn. The text presents the backstory of Jim from Huck Finn. We receive the story through the eyes ...more
This book is powerful because it is a first-person account. Seeing and feeling life through Sadie's eyes, a slaves eyes, is no easy thing. She cures the sick and even the white folks when their doctor can't help. She helps babies come, even though she knows the world they're being born into is no world for ...more
The beginning was captivating but a little difficult to begin as the language of the slaves is so foreign. The book is rich with descriptions of experiences, thoughts, feelings, and the time and place. It was a real eye ...more
My Jim is a heart wrenching novel about the life of Sadie. Sadie being born during slavery has worked from the moment she was old enough to walk. Having a healer as a mother Sadie kept the traditions live which later caused her to be called a witch and separated from her fellow slaves.
Sadie shares her compelling love story of how she meat her husband Jim and of their ...more