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The Invention of Wings: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Amaon I'm ashamed at you, you should know better and the ones your going to hurt by doing this is the author because people will be returning ithe book once they figure out what they have or just won't buy it once the word gets out.
I feel bad for the author it really is a good book.
Wings is based loosely on the real-life story of Sarah Grimke, a Southern aristocrat whose father is a bigshot judge on South Carolina's Supreme Court, where Sarah wants to be eventually. She is given a slave (Handful) for her 11th birthday, which strikes the little firebrand as something ridiculous. How can someone OWN another person? She doesn't want the "gift" but she's forced to accept.
From there, the story is set in motion and follows the two women as they struggle for a common goal: freedom. Handful, naturally, struggles for her freedom from bondage, and Sarah for her freedom from the misogynist oppression of pre-suffrage era sexism. She's taught how to needlepoint and play piano, but she escapes her constrained existence by getting into her father's forbidden library and dreaming of great things like abolition work.
Kidd does a wonderful job portraying the barbarism of that time in American history and especially the horrid mistreatment of the slaves, graphically detailing whippings and other abuses. She also intertwines the characters beautifully in almost a female version of Huckleberry Finn.
I hadn't read Kidd's first book, but I will go back and read that based on my experience with Wings. I love books that explore deeper ideas than just entertaining plot. Wings explores ideas of freedom, gender roles, race relations, the law, and belief. The only other place I've seen this balance of emotion and ideas is in The Book Thief and the more recent Now and at the Hour of Our Death.
Amazing all around!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book! It brings history to life in terrible and wonderful ways, telling the story of a slave and her "owner," from alternating points of view.Published 7 hours ago by Jenel
I loved this book! Kept me coming back for more throughout.... Felt like a part of Handfull's and Sarah's life, going through the ups and downs with each. Recommended.!Published 13 hours ago by Shoe Fanatic
I like historical fiction, but I want it to be accurate. The fact that the author details in the postlog deviations and amplifications from the known historical facts makes me... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Richard Groff
Loved the use of actual historical characters whose will and compassion helped to change the world. People who care to know and understand the days of slavery should read this... Read morePublished 22 hours ago by JP
This novel is historical fiction at its best. The stories of Sarah and Hetty remind us of the tenuous racial relationships that exist even today.Published 1 day ago by serenity
From start to finish, I couldn't put this book down. Powerful stories, lessons, and inspiration to stand up for one's self, others and what's right.Published 1 day ago by Leah