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Passing (Penguin Classics) by Larsen, Nella (2003) Paperback (1929)

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First published in 1929, Passing is a remarkable exploration of the shifting racial and sexual boundaries in America. Larsen, a premier writer of the Harlem Renaissance, captures the rewards and dangers faced by two negro women who pass for white in a deeply segregated world.
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Passing de Nella Larsen (1929)

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I don't know why, every time I read a book published decades before I was born, I continue to be astonished at how great and "readable" it is. Maybe it's lingering self-doubt from having to read and comprehend Shakespeare at a breakneck pace in high school. Whatever it is, it's a shame because it keeps me from experiencing books like Passing. This slight novel turned out to be much more than I anticipated. It had been a while since I had read a synopsis, and I am so thankful because the dark twist caught me off-guard. This is a haunting book and reads nearly like it was written today. I would have gladly swapped it for Shakespeare. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Quick, tightly written piece that reminded me of Katherine Mansfield, with a well-rendered mix of interior struggles, interpersonal cruelty, and a thoughtful exploration of the intricacies of racial identity in America. A breezy read that is never unengaging, though the ending wraps up in a sort of pat and typical fashion that is neither satisfying nor surprising. I'm am surprised that I never read this in high school or college (read a good share of Harlem Renaissance literature), I'm glad to see it is getting some well-deserved attention recently. I listened to the Tessa Thompson-read audiobook and her delivery was expert and nuanced. ( )
  francoisvigneault | May 17, 2021 |
This is an amazing book, a novella written with such concise, perfect prose, it's a shame to have it over so quickly. I was immediately drawn into the story and its characters.

I read this in a day and a half, torn between wanting to find out how it ends and wanting it to last. I'm going to be reading this again. Probably more than once. There's so much to unpack - about race, identify, choices - I feel the need for a discussion group, which rarely happens. But this amazing book deserves it. Nella Larsen writes powerfully, and is worth diving into deeply. ( )
  terriks | May 2, 2021 |
Novel published in 1929 by Black Harlem renaissance writer that is set in 1950 Harlem. Story of 2 black women who knew each other as children and then ran into each other years later when both were married. One is married to a white man who has no idea his wife is Black. The other, also light-skinned, married within her race. Both have successful husbands. The one who married a racist white man (Clare), finds herself envying her friend Irene, who lives in a society of other well-to-do Blacks and even has white friends. Clare insinuates herself into Irene's world whenever her husband is traveling and Irene is wary of her. She knows Clare to be daring and determined to get what she wants out of life. A gripping psychological portrait of emotional extremity. ( )
  bogopea | Apr 27, 2021 |
Passing was first published in 1929, and its cover has changed many times over the years. It is a book that is studied in school and reread by many as it continually compels the reader to challenge assumptions about race.

Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield, both biracial, were childhood friends. Clare Kendry married a white man and is “passing” as white. We find out that her white husband has deep-rooted racist beliefs and doesn’t suspect that his wife is not 100% white. Irene Redfield has married a successful doctor and has two children; her husband and children have dark skin, and she lives comfortably with her racial makeup.

After not seeing each other for many years, Clare and Irene are reacquainted. Their renewed connection leads to Irene assessing the status of her marriage. Additionally, Irene has great difficulty avoiding Clare, and the reader is led to wonder whether there is a sexual attraction between the two women.

This short novel is packed with thought-provoking material for exploring the concept of race and sexuality in early 20th century American society. The author also delves into the themes of social class and friendship. The main characters are surprisingly well-developed for such a thin piece of literature: anger, trustworthiness, loyalty, selfishness, resentment, and insecurity are portrayed through the interactions of characters.
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  LindaLoretz | Mar 15, 2021 |
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Davis, Thadious M.Editorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Henderson, MaePròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Rogers, T. N. R.Introduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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