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The Kitchen House (2010)

de Kathleen Grissom

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"When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family. Orphaned while onboard a ship from Ireland to America, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk"--Publisher's description.… (més)
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    The Book of Negroes de Lawrence Hill (Usuari anònim, vancouverdeb)
    Usuari anònim: Both The Kitchen House and the Book of Negroes are about Black Slavery in the South. They are different, but provide an eye opening look at Black Slavery.
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My review from 2012 which was tucked into a message area for some reason.

I thought the book okay, but it definitely wasn't a favorite of mine. For the most part - and this I can't explain - I couldn't bring myself to care about Lavinia, Belle, or most of the other characters. I can't put my finger on why, I tried to open my mind up to like them, but instead I found myself rolling my eyes about some things they said or did. And the way Lavinia behaved as a young girl amidst all of the grownups at times, in my opinion was totally unrealistic. For example, when Marshal pushed his sister on the swing, Lavinia, at seven, is the ONLY one who steps up to say what really happened. And then she runs and buries her face into someone's skirt. Events like these seemed to be written the way they were to get the reader through the moment. without any real thought behind how a child who steps out of their comfort zone might really act. For one, with a bunch of adults standing around, not wanting to speak up, can we REALLY think it's believable the seven year old would? No. Not in my world. Lavinia was either portrayed as being extraordinarily brave or as a frightened child who didn't know where she really belonged - which was it? Who knows. Who really cares.

On the flip side, my mother loved this book. But for me, it was unrealistic and I agree with some of the other reviews...it was melodramatic and read too much like a romance novel. I expected Lavinia to succumb to the vapors at any moment. ( )
  DonnaEverhart | Jun 21, 2022 |
Recensione completa qui: http://thereadingpal.blogspot.it/2016/12/recensione-42-il-mondo-di-belle.html

4 stelle e mezzo

Mi svegliai su un pagliericcio in una stanza al piano
superiore, troppo spaventata per muovermi: la memoria non
era tornata. Mi faceva male la testa, ma quando provai a
massaggiarla ritirai le mani atterrita: i mie lunghi capelli
non c'erano più, me li avevano tagliati.



Il mondo di Belle è un libro tosto come pochi. L'ho scelto per la challenge, è l'ho preso a prestito dalla biblioteca pensando che mi ricordasse di The Help ... Per alcuni versi, sì. Per altri, si tratta di un libro molto più duro, che ti fa entrare nella storia e non ti fa più uscire.
Quando ho visto che la scrittrice è bianca, proprio come quella di The Help, non ero sicura che sarebbe riuscita davvero a trasmettere i sentimenti degli schiavi in quel periodo. Mentre per le persone di colore la schiavitù è ancora un ricordo vivido, vicino, trasmesso di generazione in generazione, è come se per i bianchi non fosse mai successo, o, peggio, come se noi avessimo avuto il diritto di renderli schiavi, di trattarli a quel modo e di associarli automaticamente a comportamenti come la pigrizia o peggio, comportamenti che sono solo pregiudizi, e come tali infondati.
Devo dire che mi sono dovuta ricredere: la Grissom è riuscita a trasmettere i sentimenti di Mamma Mae, Papà George, Ben, Bettie, Fanny, Belle e gli altri poc presenti nella storia splendidamente.
E posso dire che, se da un certo punto la protagonista è Lavinia e seguiamo il suo POV durante la storia, dall'altro c'è anche Belle, figlia del padrone e di una schiava, rilegata nella cucina, che narra anche lei la storia dal suo punto di vista, di modo che non perdiamo di vista il punto dei padroni e neanche quello degli schiavi.
Ad aiutarci è anche Lavinia che per la prima parte della sua vita vive con gli schiavi, che diventano ben presto la sua famiglia e che lei considera uguali a lei, mentre per la seconda viene catapultata, essendo bianca, nel mondo dei padroni, e non riesce a capacitarsi della disuguaglianza, che per lei è incomprensibile ed la divide da chi lei considera i suoi cari.
Attraverso gli occhi di Lavinia e Belle, siamo partecipi dell'orrore di quegli anni, del dolore, dell'oppressione che incarcera sia la donna bianca che quella di colore.
E' stata una lettura pesante: la Grissom scrive egregiamente e la storia è interessante (non oso dire bella), ma i fatti narrati sono come un pugno nello stomaco e così reali da essere palpabili... Perché a persone reali sono accaduti davvero, in altri anni, ma anche oggi.
E' una storia di sofferenza da entrambe le parti e di un'unione che va ben oltre il colore della pelle.
Vi consiglio di leggerlo, pur essendo così duro.
( )
  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
Didn't really like it. The story didn't grab me, but I may have just not been in the mood for a story like this. I might come back to it some time in the future. ( )
  Carmentalie | Jun 4, 2022 |
"This world is not the only home. This world is for practice to get things right."

"What the color is, who the daddy be, who the mama is don’t mean nothin’. We a family, carin’ for each other. Family make us strong in times of trouble. We all stick together, help each other out. That the real meanin’ of family. When you grow up, you take that family feelin’ with you.”

"You look at today, chil’. You say, ‘Thank you, Lawd, for everythin’ you gives me today.’ Then you worries about the next day when the next day come.”

I wasn't expecting to like The Kitchen House very much, but once I got all the characters figured out, I struggled to put it down at times. It is a reminder of how cruel we are to other humans and how kind we can be to them. The story was fast paced with plenty of highs and lows, twists and turns. I was heartbroken with the ending (the death of Mama Mae) and while I know there is a sequel, I wish it was about Lavinia. ( )
  eesti23 | May 23, 2022 |
This book amazed me and disturbed me at the same time. It took place in late 1700s and early 1800s on a plantation in VA. I know for a fact the events in the book happened in plantations in the South. But, I also know there were places where slaves received better treatment than this. It just really tugged at my heart strings. I ended the book in tears. The way mental illness was treated back then and the low status of women and what they endured to just exist really made me realize how far we have come. But to just know that this happened hurts me. I know we can't put our morals and ethics of today on a way of life in the past but it was just sometimes hard to read. . . . literally. I never wanted to put it down but it just hurt. ( )
  WellReadSoutherner | Apr 6, 2022 |
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Though there are several compelling insights in The Kitchen House, it’s nevertheless a formulaic story. There are graphic shocks, but no surprises.
afegit per lkernagh | editaQuill & Quire, Sara Forsyth (Mar 1, 2010)
 

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