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Blues in the Wind-Revisited by Whitney J. LeBlanc
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Once in a while you find yourself face to face with a book that causes really strong feelings in you, a book which leaves you asking yourself what a person could do to protect her or his family according to their beliefs.

Martha is a creole woman living in a world that is changing, dealing with her prejudices, her beliefs, her idea of what a good person should do and a family that takes a path she hates. After getting married to Phillip, a former medicine student that has to drop college when Martha got pregnant, they have 4 kids and life will never be the same.

Nothing goes as planned in Martha’s life. Her brother is a blues lover. One of her daughter also loves the “sinful music”, the older daughter lives a life that causes shamed to Martha, his loving boy ended up married with a woman that is not the one Martha chose and to make things worse the only one that seems to be a Christian devote gets pregnant by a forbidden man.

Martha takes really bad decisions to correct her children path, but they only make things worse. Is easy to dislike her because the hate she emanate goes beyond the pages of the book, but behind that strong and “evil” woman we find the perfect example of a person raised under the influence of strong principles, in a time of racism, hate, intolerance, and the idea of being perfect. A woman with the dilemma of not being white or black enough, trying to find her place and fighting to be accepted for those she sees as equals.

This book is set in the first ages of Blues, which gives it a better rhythm and the feeling of being watching a 50s movie. It gives the perfect platform to really visualize the opposition between Martha and her brother and also the rest of her family. She tries hard to hate the blues but deep down in her heart it is present.

Blues in the wind – Revisited is a strong book. With very well described characters, a solid background and with words that have the power of transgress the pages and drag you to a vivid world. Presenting the creole community and the origins of blues this is a book that will not disappoint you.


***Thanks to Whitney for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.***
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Reading Progress

October 3, 2012 – Shelved
October 28, 2012 – Started Reading
October 28, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012
October 30, 2012 –
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November 7, 2012 – Finished Reading

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