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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An…
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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Oprah's Book Club Novel (udgave 2021)

af Honoree Fanonne Jeffers (Forfatter)

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Medlem:bostonbibliophile
Titel:The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Oprah's Book Club Novel
Forfattere:Honoree Fanonne Jeffers (Forfatter)
Info:Harper (2021), 816 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Black author, fiction, USA

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Oprah's Book Club Novel af Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

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Really immersive epic of African-American history and family. Jeffers has written a masterpiece that moves around in time and in perspective and place, while always coming back to what's essential. It varies in tone from shift to shift in ways that are true to the characters and time being depicted. Jeffers has a deft hand for voice and characterization; it is not primarily a plot-driven book but readers looking for a rich character experience will get a lot of out of this book. And yeah it's long but you know what? You knew that going in. ( )
  bostonbibliophile | Nov 25, 2021 |
I loved the protagonist's story. Ailey has ups and downs and makes good and choices. Even though this epic is 800 pages, it's excellent. The novel spans generations and dives into the plantation owner, Samuel, and his tragic abuse of girls; However, most of the novel is set in the last couple of decades with Ailey and her family. An epic tale stretching back 300 years. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Oct 12, 2021 |
I lost patience at the one-quarter point of this bloated almost 800-page doorstopper. Endless inconsequential details that add nothing to, and in fact diminish, what might have been a decent work of historical fiction were it a fraction of the length. Do I really care to read utterly tedious descriptions of the heart-attack-inducing food the characters eat, what they wear to some meaningless party, the back and forth of stupid conversations in college dorm rooms, and teenage sex? I do not. This is an awful book. I don’t care what Oprah or anyone else says. This overly long and often tryingly dull novel s a testimony to the paucity of discriminating editors in the book industry. ( )
  fountainoverflows | Oct 4, 2021 |
Don’t let the 800 pages of this book or the nearly 30 hours of the audiobook deter you from being immersed in the over 200-year-old story of a Black Georgia family. Beginning with the child of a Creek Indian woman, this is the story of strong women who kept overcoming challenge after challenge. Going back and forth in time, Jeffers tells the history of the family and centers her story around Ailey, the child of a medical doctor and a teacher, who is stubborn, curious, and opinionated. Jeffer’s skillful writing never lets us get lost in the details of the history stretching back to the 1700’s. The ancestors are as interesting and fleshed out as Ailey and her family are. The book is filled with interesting characters, and I suspect that many like me, will place Uncle Root as their favorite. His getting to meet both Dubois and Booker T Washington adds to the texture of the book as Professor Root tells stories about them and his own past. Yes, it’s a book of Black feminism. Ailey, her two sisters and her mother went to Black colleges. They are well aware of how Black women are expected to be towers of strength, but quiet in their power. W.E.B. Dubois’s writings interspersed between the chapters come alive in meaning as the family’s history comes alive. The best part of the 30 hours I spent listening to the story it never lagged. It built upon what had been before and when Ailey is ready to do her doctoral dissertation, you the reader are as immersed in what she is doing as she is. ( )
  brangwinn | Oct 3, 2021 |
In this sweeping family saga Jeffers connects the past to the present, shows how various events in American history might have/did affect those that lived through them, and how history lives all around us. This is a masterpiece, and yes I will say "a great American novel". Two hundred and fifty years of history, many generations, multiple timelines, many historic events, and it all connects and she leaves nothing forgotten as she tells the story. The family tree in the front is a necessity, though it is not complete (because that would ruin some of the secrets that come out), and there are some minor discrepancies between the tree and the text, but they do not affect the story. You might want to take some extra notes.
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This novel looks at the American history of one mixed-race African-American family. From the 18th century and their Creek and Cherokee ancestors, to those taken from Africa and enslaved, to the white branch of the family. The youngest member of the family, Ailey Pearl Garfield, is the focus of the story, as she grows up in New York City but spends summers with her mother's family in Chicasetta, Georgia. She listens to her great-great uncle's stories, her great-grandmother's and grandmother's stories. Her grandmother still lives on the old Pinchard plantation/farm, where their ancestors were enslaved and where the last descendant of the white branch of the family still lives. They worship in the church originally built by post-Civil War sharecroppers, and live among other families who have also been there for generations. Ailey has dreams and visions about the women who came before her. When, in her late 20s, she decides to go to grad school in history, she focuses on the Pinchard family archives and finds more than she ever expected. A deep dive into various other archives and interviews lead her to even more discoveries and confirms stories she had long heard. ( )
  Dreesie | Sep 21, 2021 |
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