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"A long-overdue response to Alex Haley's Roots."―San Francisco Chronicle --This text refers to the mass_market edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B000SEI5RI
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing (April 17, 2001)
- Publication date : April 17, 2001
- Language : English
- File size : 7362 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 526 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #198,218 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The author, Lalita Tademy, created this work of fiction based on stories she heard about her great, great, great, great grandmother, who happened to be the girl in the fifth generation in the book. While the time and experiences shared in the book were based on historical facts, the story line itself was a work of fiction created from the author's own mind on how life might have been like for her great, great, great, great grandmother.
I normally do not like reading books like this, however, I found myself enjoying the dynamics of each complex character and how the women found a way to overcome what life threw at them no matter how the dice rolled against them. I found this a very emotional read and enjoyed the book until the end. The end pissed me off so much that I threw the book across the room. I felt it was wrong to end the book the way the author did.
As often happens in these multi generational epics, much time is spent on setting up the story and the introductory characters. The reader has a better knowledge and understanding of their lives than the later characters which are not drawn in such detail or given as much room for their stories to unfold.
Nevertheless, I found the novel riveting and meticulously written. I enjoyed learning about the role of the Creoles and freedmen who lived side-by-side with the white French masters, the slaves and their mixed race children.
Some readers may find this book slow going but as I have an interest in the era I enjoyed it. I thoroughly enjoyed the appended photos of the family members.
The author has done a tremendous job of bringing her ancestors to life and in retelling their stories. I look forward to reading more of her work.
Now, let me say that it did not feel like a book. There was not a goal these people were working toward in the same sense as any other book. Philomene had a plan so her story is more like how a book would go, but at the same time, it was different.
I was reading about real people. And while I've read many literary historical fiction, reading this book was different. I can't put my finger on it except to say I was reading intimate details about these ladies. The main events in their lives REALLY happened. And it was heartbreaking -- in good ways and in bad. There were as many moments of joy as there were of sadness.
Ms. Tademy wrote a love letter to the women in her family. She told their story with honesty and care. And spirit. It was very moving.
The book is based on Lalita Tademy family history. She did a Fantastic job of merging historical fact and family lore into fiction. It spans 137 years of family history centered on three female characters; Suzette, Philome (Suzette's daughter by a frenchman named Eugene Daurat) and Emily (Philomene's daughter with a white man named Narcisse Fredieu). The book covers the civil war, the end of slavery and the beginning of the Jim Crow era. They are all strong female characters but the strongest one is without a doubt Philomene. She is the one that holds the family together and is the one that is able get to her own land after the end of slavery. Emily has five children with a frenchman named Joseph Billes and from an early age is taught that her fair skin makes her quality and places her above the Negroes and colored of the time. Nonetheless, because she was born to a mulatto woman she is considered colored in central Louisiana and her relationship with Joseph is frowned upon. When the Jim Crow laws come into effect Emily and her family are persecuted in a vicious way by the emerging Klu Klux Klan. As a result her partner is forced to marry into a white family and that marks the beginning of the end for Joseph Billes. Even though Emily and her children could pass for white in any other part of the country, Joseph and her never contemplate leaving the state of Louisiana. I read it for the first time in 2002 but enjoyed it more the second time around. I Highly recommend it.
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It was beautifully written and hard to put down as I felt so involved with the charcters and the tragic twists their lives sometimes took. I was truly touched by their struggles and the strength they found to cling together and hold out even through the worst of situations. A truly inspiring book which is definitely well worth a read. Broken down into 3 sections it is easy to read and gives readers the amazing opportunity to follow how a family can change through the generations yet still hold on to their core values. Truly touching.
There were imagined conversations feelings. Wasn’t sure if I was reading a biography or fiction
Found it rather boring