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Jubilee de Margaret Walker Alexander
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Jubilee (1966 original; edició 1999)

de Margaret Walker Alexander

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A 50th anniversary edition of Margaret Walker's best-selling classic with a foreword by Nikki Giovanni "Chronicles the triumph of a free spirit over many kinds of bondage." --New York Times Book Review Jubileetells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South's antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction. Weaving her own family's oral history with thirty years of research, Margaret Walker's novel brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light. Jubileechurns with the hunger, the hymns, the struggles, and the very breath of American history.… (més)
Membre:Minotzka
Títol:Jubilee
Autors:Margaret Walker Alexander
Informació:Mariner Books (1999), Edition: 1st trade paper printing, Paperback, 512 pages
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I liked this story a lot, though it is wordy and lags in places. The author's research is extensive and as I have little more than a passing familiarity with the details of the Civil War it was much appreciated. More than the picture of slavery presented in this book, I appreciate the picture of reconstruction.
Also the portrayal of Northern Whites as rabidly racist as their southern counterparts is captured vividly.
The only real issue I have is the end when Vyry has a long speech about 'good white folk', forgiveness and her reliance on Christianity and God.
I don't support Respectability Politics. There is no value in forgiving unforgivable actions. People don't need to be forgiven, they need to be held accountable. I am an atheist and I don't understand how Christianity has such a foothold in the black community. The bible supports slavery that's enough for me to know the religion ain't for the descendants of enslaved peoples. Religion is always a heavy handed theme in these type novels. I was ok until the end. In truth Randall Ware is much closer to my politics. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
a strongly affecting novel, and an important entry in the slave narrative canon. i was really taken in to this story - walker did a great job bringing this destructive time to life once again. my only small issue with the book came nearing the end, when the style shifted from storytelling feel, to a more sermon-y presentation. i feel as though walker did such a strong job conveying the horrors of these years, and the nearly insurmountable odds face by black survivors, that the switch to telling and not showing disrupted the flow of the novel. but this is a minor quibble in this big story. ( )
  JooniperD | May 20, 2018 |
Jubilee, 50th Anniversary Edition
By Margaret Walker
Narrated By Robin Miles
Published 2016 by Blackstone Audiobooks
15 hours and 43 minutes

I received a free audio copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A couple of years ago, I read a biography of Margaret Walker and was shocked to discover that she was born in Birmingham, Alabama which is about an hour away from where I was born. I had never heard of Margaret Walker before stumbling upon this biography and made a mental note to read her novel Jubilee in the near future. When the opportunity to listen to the 50th Anniversary Edition presented itself, I jumped at the chance.

If you are at all familiar with the history surrounding the American Civil War, Walker’s story will not likely surprise you but that doesn’t make it any less important. This story was based on the life of Margaret Walker’s great-grandmother but the author wrote it in a way that felt objective and as a realistic representation of both blacks and whites during this time period. What I found most unique about this story was that the main character, Vyry, was both black and white. Despite the unimaginable hardships and suffering she endured, Vyry was the epitome of a Christ-follower never allowing hatred or bitterness to take root in her heart.

Robin Miles’s narration was superb. She effortlessly transitioned from the vernacular of the slaves to the more refined language of the master. It was probably the most skillful narrating I’ve heard.

This book would make an excellent choice for book clubs and discussion groups. Margaret Walker spent thirty years researching this novel and it shows in her writing. ( )
  cwhisenant11 | Dec 28, 2016 |
Devoured it. Diametric view from Gone With The Wind. Fast read. ( )
  Itzey | Jan 23, 2016 |
Jubilee is the story of a slave woman who was distantly related to the author, Margaret Walker. The book follows Vyry, from her childhood to her position as a the head cook at her father's plantation, on through the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation and Reconstruction. The work represents the oral history of the author's family as well as 30 years of research.

This is a great book for anyone who is unacquainted with the conditions endured by many slaves in the south as well as their experiences after the war when they were reported to be "free." While I think the novel was well researched and written. It just didn't capture my imagination. This may be due more to my prior knowledge regarding slavery and its lack of novelty for me as a learner than the author's craft. ( )
  speedy74 | May 4, 2014 |
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Jubilee

We are climbing Jacob's ladder,
We are climbing Jacob's ladder,
We are climbing Jacob's ladder,
for the year of Jubilee!

Every round goes higher, higher,
Every round goes higher, higher,
Every round goes higher, higher,
to the year of Jubilee.

Do you think I'll make a soldier?
Do you think I'll make a soldier?
Do you think I'll make a soldier?
in the year of Jubilee?

--Tradiitonal Negro Spiritual
We are climbing Jacob's ladder,
We are climbing Jacob's ladder,
We are climbing Jacob's ladder,
for the year of Jubilee!

Every round goes higher, higher,
Every round goes higher, higher,
Every round goes higher, higher,
in the year of Jubilee.

Do you think I'll make a soldier?
Do you think I'll make a soldier?
Do you think I'll make a soldier?
in the year of Jubilee?

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This book is dedicated to all the members of my family with all my love. It is especially for my mother, my husband, my sisters, and brother because they helped to make it possible. It is for my four children that they may know something of their heritage. And it is to the memory of my grandmothers: my maternal great-grandmother, MJargaret Duggans Ware Brown, whose story this is; my maternal grandmother, Elvira Ware Dozier, who told me this story; and my paternal grandmother, Margaret Walker.
This book is dedicated to all the members of my family with all my love. It is especially for my mother, my husband, my sisters, and brother because they helped to make it possible. It is for my four children that they may know something of their heritage. And it is to the memory of my grandmothers: my maternal great-grandmother, Margaret Duggans Ware Brown, whose story this is; my maternal grandmother, Elvira Ware Dozier, who told me this story; and my paternal grandmother, Margaret Walker.
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A 50th anniversary edition of Margaret Walker's best-selling classic with a foreword by Nikki Giovanni "Chronicles the triumph of a free spirit over many kinds of bondage." --New York Times Book Review Jubileetells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South's antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction. Weaving her own family's oral history with thirty years of research, Margaret Walker's novel brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light. Jubileechurns with the hunger, the hymns, the struggles, and the very breath of American history.

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