Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo Hardcover – August 1, 1982
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- Publisher : St. Martins Press; 1st edition (August 1, 1982)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312699719
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312699710
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
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Shange never allows her book to drift away from its focus on women. Relationships are often destructive to the women. In one scene that seems to call back to the rape discussion in "For Colored Girls" in which the lady in blue says rape is often “bein betrayed by men who know us,” Sassafrass berates men who are speaking disrespectfully about women, telling them, “don’t you ever sit in my house and ask me to celebrate my inherited right to be raped.” Critics of Shange have said that she turned on her own race with her descriptions of violence done to African-American women by African-American men. By not focusing on stories of white man’s violence against African-American women, however, Shange keeps her focus on the widespread violence and disregard of women rather than allowing her stories to drift into debates about the status of race relations. Shange also expertly shows the internal battles women fight to be independent in a society that expects women to give themselves completely to men. Shange herself said she pictured Cypress when writing "For Colored Girls," which helps show why many of the ideas expressed in "For Colored Girls," such as the lady in green’s lamenting of a man who “almost walked off wid all my stuff,” meaning her personality and dreams, arise in "Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo."
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Book was in perfect condition. I was a bit wary of getting a used book, but this one was great. no markings, scribblings, dog eared pages etc. Binding intact too.