Monday, February 6, 2017

Reflection: Some Quick Book Reviews

Here are some books from my personal library that I reviewed:

A Tear and a SmileA Tear and a Smile by Kahlil Gibran

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I fell in love with this collection as well as Khalil Gibran. I felt a very strong connection to Mr. Gibran and why he wrote these poems.

Inés of My Soul  Inés of My Soul by Isabel Allende

   My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was my first time reading an Isabel Allende novel and I got hooked. I love Mrs. Allende's very detailed and descriptive historical account of conquistadora, Ines Suarez. I admit I had to put it down at times because of the stomach-churning violence Mrs. Allende supplied in the six chapters of this epic tome. But, after taking time to digest, I picked it back up and was glued to the story. I, also, love the storytelling aspect of it as well as the love story. Mrs. Allende's portrayal of Ines Suarez placed the reader at a sympathetic corner, which humanizes Inez Suarez as a woman who had to do what she needed to do to survive.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Isabel Allende.

Faithful and Virtuous NightFaithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A beautiful collection about one's journey dealing with life's obstacles. Mrs. Gluck's voice in these poems safely carried the reader from page to page. Reading this collection was like sitting with a dear friend at a coffee shop enjoying the conversation.

The Assignation: StoriesThe Assignation: Stories by Joyce Carol Oates

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed these short stories. Joyce Carol Oates supplied enough information to engage the reader in the complex characters and situations. But she also gave room for discovery that the reader could explore.

A few longer reviews on blog:

A Lesson Before Dying
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My thoughts:

Nine months ago I finished reading A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. I initially gave it a four-star rating because I felt it was lacking in showing Jefferson’s side of the story.

If you have never read A Lesson Before Dying, the story is about a young man who was found guilty of murdering a liquor store owner during a robbery and was executed. Jefferson is a young man who is described as being “slow” and who follows two young men into the liquor store. Jefferson claims that one of the two men was the one that killed the liquor store owner. 

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The Children of Wasafa: A Message to Gang BangersThe Children of Wasafa: A Message to Gang Bangers by Jacqueline Pitts

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jacqueline Pitts has proven herself a folklorist and griot with her debut work. Just like Zora Neale Hurston explored the African-American culture with archeology and storytelling, so has Mrs. Pitts.

Children of Wasafa: A Message to Gangbangers is an in-depth story that follows the descendents of Wasafa, an African from the Chokwe tribe. It starts in modern- contemporary time with the stories of gang members Thomas “Big T” Ellis, Sameul “Izzie” Allen, Javier Moreno, Tony Daniels, and Carl Beckles from three different gangs that inhabits Rockaway, New York and Lucy Barito, a young activist from Brazil. 

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