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Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life Paperback – January 15, 1999
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Two intertwining voices throughout the book make it a very interesting and unique narrative. As one voice is telling the story through time as the events are happening, another voice is looking back at these events as a third person in the here-and-now. This gives a reader more than the normal single-perspective and brings the reader a little closer to the story she's telling.
One of the many statements hooks makes with Wounds of Passion is blackness does not have a universal truth. This is exemplified by the following quote explaining the fundamental differences between her and her boyfriend Mack (who was born and raised in California) throughout their long, rocky relationship. Hooks explains, "He does not feel the pain of Jim Crow. Shared black skin does not draw them closer. Her kinda blackness is strange to him. His kinda blackness I've heard about but find it hard to believe" (52).Read more ›
With such a prolific career, however, there will be inevitable ups and downs. Without a doubt, bell's earliest works (ain't i a women, yearning, from margin to center, talking back...) are among her most groundbreaking; these works set the standard for studying race and gender as interrelated social phenomena. some of her later works lack the novelty and texture of her vintage writing.
for this reason, i am THRILLED to see wounds of passion. i love this book. having read bell's other books, i can appreciate the story she is telling -- it is interesting to see how her life experiences contribute to her academic writing. for those who describe the book as "self indulgent," self-centered, etc. Guess what? IT'S AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY!!! TO WHOM SHOULD SHE HAVE GIVEN THE ATTENTION????! Anyway, the book reveals how writing is often a mechanism for processing life's trials and tribulations. Congratulations, bell, on another wonderful work.
Her observations are wise. Her grasp of history is absolute. Her ideas stimulate intelligent and loving thought, conversation, and action. Read this book.
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This book was recommended to me by a friend as a great tool to help me find my own voice in writing. It was great to learn about bell hooks' struggle to become who she is. Read morePublished on March 23, 2009 by Lori A. Williams
I first became interested in bell hooks, with her impressive way of outing hypocrisy among her contemporaries of academia. Then I realized she is much like them, but much louder. Read morePublished on July 22, 1999
Beware of trendy writers who take pseudonymous names that they refuse to capitalize--such affectation is a sure sign of bloated self-importance (albeit disguised as post-modern... Read morePublished on February 4, 1999
My first Bell Hooks book...interesting. She takes the meaning of writing, words, poetry, living, loving, and being....to a whole 'nother' level.Published on January 26, 1999