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message 1: by Angela M (new)

Angela M About your review , Esil - WOW!


message 2: by Esil (new)

Esil Angela M wrote: "About your review , Esil - WOW!"

Thanks Angela!


Jaidee (Away from Goodreads until Feb 2...happy reading) Sounds like an incredible book Esil. Very helpful review.


message 4: by Barbara (new)

Barbara I have 'avoided' this book because of it's length, but your review convinced me it's something I should read. I know about the great migration mainly through Jacob Lawrence's paintings. His Great Migration series was here in Washington DC back in the 1990'.s They were at a private museum, not one of the Smithsonian's. In fact, the National Gallery of Art did not feature an exhibit by an African American artist until the Romare Bearden exhibit in 2004.
http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/bearde...
It's shameful that in this city which was a majority Black city until the most recent census, the Smithsonian never mounted an exhibit by an African American. In 1994, the Smithsonian came under fire for ignoring Latino art and culture, and discriminating against Latinos in hiring.
http://www.nytimes.com/1994/05/11/us/...
They now have a Latino Center http://latino.si.edu/
with virtual exhibits - but attempts to build a museum faces many hurdles (no space on the national mall, objections to separate museums for ethnic groups, MONEY, changes in Congress).


message 5: by Margitte (new)

Margitte A wonderful review, Esil. Your compassion and passion are just embracing this experience of yours. Thanks for introducing this book to us. It is certainly one that should be read by everyone.


message 6: by Debbie "DJ" (new)

Debbie "DJ" Fantastic review Esil! May get this next on my Audible account. :)


message 7: by Esil (new)

Esil Barbara wrote: "I have 'avoided' this book because of it's length, but your review convinced me it's something I should read. I know about the great migration mainly through Jacob Lawrence's paintings. His Great M..."

Thanks Barbara and thank you for the interesting links and background. It's depressing how the efforts needed to bring changes that are so evidently required are like moving mountains. Wilkerson's book is a huge contribution to such efforts. In terms of the length of Wilkerson's book, I have read some reviews that comment on its repetitiveness. This worked for me because I listened to it over such a long time span but it might be an irritant if you're trying to read it quickly. But honestly, my own reaction was that I didn't want it to end. And now that it's over, I find myself missing Ida May, George and Robert.


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Esil Debbie "DJ" wrote: "Fantastic review Esil! May get this next on my Audible account. :)"

Thanks Debbie. If you listen to it, you will have to be ready for the length but I found it was truly worth it!


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Esil Margitte wrote: "A wonderful review, Esil. Your compassion and passion are just embracing this experience of yours. Thanks for introducing this book to us. It is certainly one that should be read by everyone."

Thanks Margitte, and I definitely agree that this book merits a very wide audience. If you get a chance to read it, I would be interested in your thoughts.


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Esil Jaidee wrote: "Sounds like an incredible book Esil. Very helpful review."

Thanks Jaidee. I highly recommend it. It falls in the basket of books I referred to in a recent email that have reconciled me to reading non fiction. I have definitely been missing out on some great books.


message 11: by Iris P (new)

Iris P Esil all I can say is well done!
You really found a way to summarize this wonderful but very long and detailed book.
Thanks for that link to the book on Lawrence's paintings.
I'll make sure to check it out.


message 12: by Esil (new)

Esil Iris wrote: "Esil all I can say is well done!
You really found a way to summarize this wonderful but very long and detailed book.
Thanks for that link to the book on Lawrence's paintings.
I'll make sure to che..."


Thanks Iris! It was definitely hard to choose what to focus on. I loved so much about this book. I have trouble getting my head around how Wilkerson pulled it off.


message 13: by Julie Christine (new)

Julie Christine Lovely review, Esil- this was a 5-star read for me, as well. Delighted that it moved you! Looks like a short series on cable tv is in the works, too!


message 14: by Elyse (new)

Elyse  Walters Beautiful review Esil.
There are several choices to read this
book. Although long.. The storytelling is so intimate, that it's quite the page turner.
The way I read it... Was on my Kindle. However I went into the bookstore several times, and look through the physical book. It gave me added pleasure. I read it when it was first released- and still remember
Clearly the stories of Robert, Ida, May, and George. For a 'history' book... it reads like fiction.
I wished it 'was' fiction - afraid not.
It's simply a phenomenal book...
And your review is expresses its power!
An 'small' 'companion' book.., another story that took place in our country - that few know was about female sterilization - around the same time - in the south...
Necessary Lies, by Diane Chamberlaine, is a smaller books- a fiction story- historical fiction- with notes of actual facts at the end - awaken our awareness to another piece of history kept hidden and quiet from the public.

I keep being amazed at how much keeps coming out in recent books of horrific things which happened in our country, not all that long ago, that were really horrific...
like the other book you and I both read, Esil: The Train to Crystal City.
Another history book - a story people. Know so little about.

Thanks for bringing new life to this book - and others which follow.


message 15: by Esil (new)

Esil Elyse wrote: "Beautiful review Esil.
There are several choices to read this
book. Although long.. The storytelling is so intimate, that it's quite the page turner.
The way I read it... Was on my Kindle. H..."


Thanks Elyse. I also read Necessary Lies. It's definitely an important role for books when they bring to life past injustice and remind us that injustice has a very long painful legacy.


message 16: by Elyse (new)

Elyse  Walters Said so eloquently !!


message 17: by Esil (new)

Esil Julie wrote: "Lovely review, Esil- this was a 5-star read for me, as well. Delighted that it moved you! Looks like a short series on cable tv is in the works, too!"

Thanks Julie. Interesting about the mini series. I tend to shy away from seeing screen versions of books I've loved but depending on how this one is approached I might consider making an exception. If done well, it could be very powerful


message 18: by Elyse (new)

Elyse  Walters Wow.. I'd be interested in knowing when this series comes out.
They did Pillars of the Earth - pretty darn good
Not... so good with The Dovekeepers.
I guess - it's hit & miss.


message 19: by Karen (new)

Karen I bought this kindle book eons ago!! I need to get to it.. Great review!!!


message 20: by Esil (new)

Esil Karen wrote: "I bought this kindle book eons ago!! I need to get to it.. Great review!!!"

Thanks Karen. I can't recommend this book highly enough. It is one of my very favourites from the past couple of years.


message 21: by Elyse (new)

Elyse  Walters sooooooooooooooooooo agree with what Esil said --oops...(I'll go away now) lol xoxo


message 22: by Esil (new)

Esil Elyse wrote: "sooooooooooooooooooo agree with what Esil said --oops...(I'll go away now) lol xoxo"

Thank you, thank you Elyse! And no need to rush away. Lol!


message 23: by Mike (new)

Mike Fantastic review, Esil!!


message 24: by Esil (new)

Esil Mike wrote: "Fantastic review, Esil!!"

Thanks Mike. I think of this as one of the best books I've ever read.


message 25: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Wonderful review. This is already on my TBR list. I’ll need to get a copy after reading your review, which was the perfect length.


message 26: by Esil (new)

Esil Lynn wrote: "Wonderful review. This is already on my TBR list. I’ll need to get a copy after reading your review, which was the perfect length."

Thanks Lynn. I read it a while ago, but I still think of it as one of my favourite books.


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