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A Patch of Blue Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1965


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Popular Library; mass market, movie tie-in edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000P1IRRM
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,009,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And it IS a wonderful story, told with simple strength.
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Like one of the other commentators, I found the ending of the book confusing and unclear.
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I highly recomend that you read this book or see the movie.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Elizabeth Kata's poignant novel, "A Patch of Blue," details the brief relationship of a young white woman from the South who falls in love with a black man in the early 1960s. Selina is a young woman of eighteen years, blinded accidentally by her mother when she was five. She is neglected, mistreated and abused by the miserable people she lives with, her prostitute mother and drunken grandfather. Somehow, Selina is not scarred by these wretches and grows up to be an attractive, sensitive, caring young woman. Her survival over these odds is almost beyond belief, because of the torment this girl endured quietly for eighteen years. At one point, Rose-ann, Selina's mother, returns, violent and wild, from her minimum-wage job of cleaning restrooms. In a frantic rage, she shatters all the kitchenware, which is left on the floor for Selina to fall on later. She then attacks her daughter. Wrenching her by her hair from under a dirty cot that serves as a bed, she brutally beats her until Selina is bruised, bleeding and vomiting. The plot begins to develop when Selina meets Gordon Ralphe, a stranger, in the park. He treats her with respect and is determined to get her away from the two despicable people she lives with. Their neglect has caused her to be illiterate and ignorant to the ways of the world for having been locked up in a one-room apartment for over thirteen years. Gordon sees that it is imperative for her, as a grown woman, to be educated and aware of the world and out of the harm's way at home. It is no wonder that Selina and Gordon fall in love. He is her only friend and the only person she has ever known to treat her kindly. She is sweet, beautiful, tender, affectionate and tolerant of him, qualities he values in a woman.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Smith on July 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Since I am black this book The Patch Of Blue was very interesting. I liked the book. It was a love story about a blind white girl that was in love with a black guy who she never knew was black. I hated the fact that Ole Pa and Roseanne taught her to be racist and that Rosseanne mistreated Selina.
I recommend tihs book to those who are in Selina's situation to let them know life is not about color.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A sophomore in Whitehall, Wisconsin on January 5, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Patch of Blue is an outstanding book! It is set in the 1960's when race and prejudice was a problem. A blind girl named Selina gains and loses many things throughout her life. She falls in love with a man without knowing his race. Being blind still makes it hard for her not to be prejudiced against others, as that's all she knows due to her childhood. Her love for Gordon teaches Selina not to be prejudiced, and she finally realizes people are people no matter what their race. Although the book does not have a typical ending, it has a profound effect. A Patch of Blue is a very enjoyable and memorable book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys love stories, as well as learning about life.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ann Sherry on May 12, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the story of Selina, a young woman who was blinded at an early age and lives a life of squalor with her hootchie mama and her drunken grandfather. In the park one day stringing beads (her work) she meets Gordon, and they fall in love with one another's inner beauty. Gordon is the only one who has cared enough to teach her anything. Selina's mother has plans to use her daughter in a whorehouse, and it looks like Selina will be forced to go along with it unless Gordon can save her. A movie was made of the novel in the 1960's with Elizabeth Hartman as Selina; Sidney Potier as Gordon; Shelley Winters as the mother; and Wallace Ford as "Ole Pa", the grandfather. The movie stays true to the book, which is wonderful as the book is so beautifully written. It really made a statement for racial equality in its time and still does today. It's a short book, and worth the investment of both time and money for a story you will never forget.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book for my high school English class. After i had procrastinated the reading until the very last weekend of the assignment, i finally settled into the book. Fortunately, it was easy, fast reading. I felt the book was intrigueing and captivating from the very first page until the end. The story is a first person narrative of a strong, young blind girl's life. She has been terribly neglected, having been blinded as a child by her own prostitute mother. She knows only of her one room apartment, and what she's listened to on the radio. In the book, she finally has the oppurtunity to go outside of her dingy apartment. She meets a friend in the park, and discovers what friendship and love is. She realises what a sorry life she's been forced to live through her blindness. The story was beautiful, touching, and honest. The theme of the book was of tolerence. It must have been set in the 1950s or 1960s, and so the plot emphasises the prejudice between blacks and whites, rich and poor. I do feel that i missed much of the suspense of the plot because the cover of the book i used gave away a key to the story. I did not like the bluntness of the books ending. I felt that many conflicts had not been resolved, however, it was realistic. I think this is a story you should expose yourself to.
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