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Yellow Crocus: A Novel Paperback – December 17, 2010
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1. Horrified at times- being reminded how slaves were so badly and brutally treated back then, seeing Mattie's anger displayed in an early scene (no spoiler) that left me holding my breath and being made to remember how women were treated during this period of time too.
2. Angry at others- as when Mattie was torn from her family, including her 3 month old baby and was supposed to be pacified by being able to visit them for a few hours on a Sunday, witnessing through the young heroine's eyes the brutal rape of a young slave girl (not graphically depicted) and reading the general attitudes of people on the black/white person/non-person issues common to this time.
3. I laughed in spots and I cried in others while reading it which means for me it was a pretty darn successful story. I can't ask for much more then that from any author.
Some have said that they found the book only suited for teens because parts seemed to have been written for a YA audience. My response to that is that the plot of this book revolved primarily around 2 things, us getting to watch Lisbeth grow up and her changing attitudes as the book progressed and life through the eyes of Mattie (Ma-ie). I believe these scenes that felt more YA were to give us a flavor of what it was like to grow up during this time and don't know of any other way it could have been done if some of the young girl's activities and thoughts (life on a daily basis) weren't represented. The other perspective life as seen through Mattie's eyes was more adult because she was an adult and had to grow up pretty early on because of the circumstances of her life.
I wish there was a sequel to this one something I almost never say!
As someone who majored in history with a concentration on African American history, I must say this book was awesome. This book was very unbiased and was very factual in relating information on the society and communities in the south during slavery. The book "told it like it is" when it comes to the relationship between mammies and the children they were forced to suckle and raise. Many people do not realize how the slave woman had to put her owner's child ahead of her own. I also appreciated the happy but realistic ending. This book among many other stories of early American life is a must read.
This book, Yellow Crocus, written about that same dispicable subject was written with such grace I was shocked to find it was the author's first book. It tells the story from the viewpoint of the slave/nanny and that of her charge. It was well written, it was easy to love the 2 female leads and I do look forward to reading more of this author.
My only objection: This book was lovely, but the way slaves were treated was not. (Spoiler) While it is was enjoyable to see a happy ending, slavery was not a fairy tale, and the life of a slave was very rarely tied up in so neat and pretty a package. Freedom, family intact, earning a good living was indeed a fairy tale. However, I hold on to the fact some fairy tales come true.
Again I am looking forward to reading more from this author, would enjoying reading a sequel telling us what life brings to both women. Bravo!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book I learned so much about slavery that I did not know What a horrible time in our history The story about the bond between Mattie and Miss Elizabeth was wonderful... Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Chrissey
Fast paced story that captures the beautiful relationship between Mattie and Lisbeth. I love that they reconnected so many years later but wish they could have had a more... Read morePublished 5 hours ago by N. Staggers
Unfortunately this book was a great disappointment for me. It seemed the first 20% of the book was just breastfeeding scenes which I had to skip through! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Camille R
Couldn't put it down. A lot of different themes and lessons that really get you thinking. Definitely recommend reading it.Published 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
Great story that kept me turning pages throughout the night. Different lives yet intertwined together with the injustices of the time that shows love can make someone do what is... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jts
This book touched my heart greatly. Having grown up in Alabama, I ( a Caucasian ) , was very fortunate to have parents who welcomed interracial friendships. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
If you want a good book to snuggle up with, this is the one. Truly enjoyable throughout! A book you will want to read.Published 2 days ago by Lorraine
Was the best book I have read in quite some time.
I enjoyed it from the first word to the last.