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This review is from: Magic Street (Hardcover)I like Orson Scott Card.. but when he starts talking about black people I just want to cringe. I'm still in the process of reading the book as it's just one of those you can't put down even if you try to. As a black person I wouldn't really recommend this book to anyone who doesn't truly understand the black culture as this might give someone an off representation about how it really is to be black. It seems like Card tried really hard to get his characters right and I think it was nice of him to try... I think he just tried too hard to address racial and age related issues. The actual story is pretty intriguing if you're able to get past everything else... Read it if you'd like, but just remember that these are characters and not real people. Honestly, black people don't really think about their color all the time. They only think of it when they're reminded of it.
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Initial post: Nov 1, 2007 5:38:14 PM PDT
MBG Bookworm says:
Thank you for clarifying that for me. I did wonder when I was reading the book if it was truly possible for an author who was not african american to "get it right".
I think this often happens when a male author tries to write a female character. Often, it just doesn't "work".
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2008 7:34:07 AM PST
B. Schoppe says:
I'm having a difficult time reading these reviews. If Card was black would white people say he just couldn't get a 'white' character 'right'? Why not let the characters stand as they are regardless of the color of the author (or the character for that matter). If the book was written by a black man none of this would pertain. Do black authors only write about black characters? Do we criticize them if they create a white character? Get off it!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2008 10:07:17 PM PST
M. Ade says:
It's not about Card being black or white. Frankly, I think he's a fantastic writer. I just wanted to point out that he seemed like he was trying far too hard to get it right and it made it very difficult to get into the story. The introduction that he wrote for the book mentions this, so it's not as if I'm saying something that he wouldn't necessarily agree with. Also, I think black and white authors face different issues when they try to write about characters of another race. White people are the majority. Let me repeat this. WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE MAJORITY. Black people are a minority so there is a greater chance that black authors who are constantly exposed to "white culture," whatever that means, will be able to write convincing characters. So I'm sorry if I won't "get off it"... Oh, wait I'm not.
Posted on Apr 18, 2009 8:41:58 PM PDT
Yeah, he tends to be that way with his "ethnic" characters I've noticed. I thought Neil Gaiman did a better job writing about black characters in Ananzi's boys being that I am black as well...
And I do not think about my blackosity all of the time except to be ironic.
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