Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What's Next Wednesday (88)

  •  To play along share a book you've been looking forward to reading, whether it's new or has been on your reading list for a while.

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I'm looking forward to... 

Beloved by Toni Morrison. Can anyone even believe that I've never read this book?? After studying creative writing for four years and nearly two years of grad school, I'm finally reading it. I'm very surprised that it hasn't popped up in any of my syllabi before now. But! Better late than never! I'm really excited to start this book. I've heard amazing things about it and am ready to dive in!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Teaser Tuesday (298)


Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, the weekly Meme that wants you to add books to your TBR, or just share what you are currently reading. It is very easy to play along:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday.


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River Rising
 (Kindle 76%)
     - John A Heldt

"Something tells me your dilemma involves more than a desire to return to Arizona."
"It does," Natalie said. "It involves something I've been afraid to talk about for months, something that would test the limits of your imagination." 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cane

9814533First published in 1923, Jean Toomer's Cane is an innovative literary work-part drama, part poetry, part fiction-powerfully evoking black life in the South. Rich in imagery, Toomer's impressionistic, sometimes surrealistic sketches of Southern rural and urban life are permeated by visions of smoke, sugarcane, dusk, and fire; the northern world is pictured as a harsher reality of asphalt streets. This iconic work of American literature is published with a new afterword by Rudolph Byrd of Emory University and Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, who provide groundbreaking biographical information on Toomer, place his writing within the context of American modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, and examine his shifting claims about his own race and his pioneering critique of race as a scientific or biological concept.

*May Contain Spoilers*

Cane by Jean Toomer is a book unlike anything I've ever read before. This piece of literary modernism combines prose, poetry, song, and drama into a whole that is held together by theme. Though none of the characters in the novel are present all the way through, often only included in one chapter, Toomer presents them with reasons to like them, hate them, understand them, pity them, and even hope for them. In this way, the novel is almost like a set of introductions from which meaning can be taken only after meeting everyone present. 

The vignettes that Toomer offers are interesting, heartbreaking, and include themes of racial tensions, discrimination, magical realism, allusions to the bible, framed with beautiful imagery. After reading this book it's obvious why Toomer was called a writer before his time as his experimentation with style is incredibly unique and was probably a put off in the 1920s for most readers. Though this book does not have a unifying plot, the entire piece can be taken as a study of the way people treat people in the 1920s. I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading something they've never read before, but are not afraid of controversial topics and historical viewpoints.

Rating: 3/5 Cups

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What's Next, Wednesday (87)

  •  To play along share a book you've been looking forward to reading, whether it's new or has been on your reading list for a while.


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I'm looking forward to... 

Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. This is another book I have to read for class and it sounds interesting enough that I'm excited to start it. With the interweaving of fictional characters and real-life historical figures, this book promises to blend history with fantasy. I'm most looking forward to the characters of Houdini and Freud, to see how they're represented fictionally.