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His Own Where. Hardcover – June, 1971


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  • Hardcover: 89 pages
  • Publisher: Ty Crowell Co; First Edition edition (June 1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0690381336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0690381337
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,052,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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June Jordan was a poet, essayist, journalist, dramatist, academic, and activist known for challenging oppression through her inspirational words and actions. She published 28 books and received many awards and honors, including a Rockefeller grant, the New York Council of the Humanities award, and a lifetime achievement award from the National Black Writers' Conference. Jordan died of cancer in 2002. Sapphire burst on to the literary scene in 1994 with American Dreams. When her novel Push was published, it was compared to The Color Purple; became required reading in freshman English classes; and was translated around the world. The film, now called Precious, starring Mo'nique, and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, will be released in November 2009.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By carbine. on June 30, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
June Jordan's His Own Where is more marginalia than novel, more talisman than story. it brings to mind the crackle of a record; the sonic traces indelibly left when experiences score themselves upon our memory. charting the adolescent love story between Buddy and Angela, its purity of sentiment is admirable and reminds us of the value of human relationships, in the face of multifaceted and institutional opposition. despite this deep awareness of the complexity of social structure, Jordan's writing retains a clarity of vision that locates her text precisely at the intersection of the political and the poetic. feel it as it moves over your body, a little off kilter - spark as it reaches particular lyric moments. it hits hard, and you can't quite see it coming.

think dialect, the vernacular and colloquial speech patterns as laid upon a page - Jordan's book becomes accessible to younger readers while performing essential transvaluations within the hierarchy of language (of the written above the oral). ultimately, Jordan's book transcends the limits of how and what can be said from a variety of minority positions. His Own Where promises to reach diverse audiences - a valuable read for all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Lloyd-Davies on June 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
It's wonderful to see a new edition of this in print. Jordan's fiction is often overshadowed by her brilliant poetry and essays, but this book shouldn't be neglected--it's a great starting point for someone who hasn't dipped much into Jordan's body of work, and just because it's a novel doesn't mean it's any less poetic or political than her other writings. This beautiful book is given a valuable introduction by Sapphire, who focuses on the deceptively simple language Jordan uses. Worth reading for June Jordan fans, Sapphire fans, and people who haven't read either of them before--absolutely essential for anyone wanting to give just representation to modern black women writers in his or her library.
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Format: Paperback
As easily accessible as it is burgeoning with poetic sparsity, His Own Where demands appreciation from each and every individual who has ever attempted to punctuate romance, liberation, and recovery. June Jordan's revolutionary use of Black English enables her narrative to revel in the carnal, the visceral, and the colloquial, without losing any of its sophistication. Jordan does more than just mirror the grammar and syntax of her surroundings; by emphasizing the manner in which delivery affects and is affected by language, Jordan effectively reconstructs the reading experience. I would recommend this piece especially to teens and young adults struggling with issues of independence and insubordination. Just as Jordan's characters transgress the boundaries they are expected to uphold, Jordan herself fractures the conventions and expectations of the English language. An introduction by Sapphire sets the stage for this emotively powerful,philosophically rebellious, politically empowering piece of literary subversion.
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How this brilliant piece of literature was ever out of print escapes all logic. His Own Where is categorized as Young Adult fiction, but its artistic merits demand the attention of readers of all ages. The combination of Black English and June Jordan's poetic narrative makes for a beautiful and intriguing read, as well as an efficient and fascinating way of capturing the emotions and actions of young love. In addition to Jordan's outstanding use of language, the plot and characters hold one's attention and offer a social commentary that is still relevant thirty-nine years after the book's initial publication. Sapphire's introduction celebrates and brings attention to Jordan's impressive manipulation of language, building expectations that Jordan never fails to meet.
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