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The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A…
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The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel (vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Ta-Nehisi Coates (Tekijä)

JäseniäKirja-arvostelujaSuosituimmuussijaKeskimääräinen arvioMaininnat
1,557878,624 (4.02)88
"Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers"--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:haymaai
Teoksen nimi:The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Kirjailijat:Ta-Nehisi Coates (Tekijä)
Info:One World (2019), Edition: First Edition, 416 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):***1/2
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 85) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I couldn’t get into this book. It’s a shame because it was beautifully written.
  janismack | Jul 26, 2021 |
More like 4.5 stars. I read the first half of the book then turned to Audible because I couldn’t miss Joe Morton reading it. He was nothing short of brilliant. He brought the idea of conduction to life and the characters danced for me(excuse the intended pun on the title). I don’t believe in retelling the story in my review but I will say the narrative was gripping and the characters were well fleshed out. ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
Too slow, especially the first 100 pages. Add to that flat characters, stilted dialogue, a meandering plot, with some magical realism thrown in for good measure, made reading this one a slog, at least for me. One discussion in particular was completely out of time: when the protagonist slave Hiram listens to his heart-throb Sophia's discussion about needing to be free from all men, not just enslaved to Hiram's white uncle. Much too modern for this era. On the other hand, I did like the slow reveal of Moses' real identity, the slow death of the plantation system (Lockless), and the revolutionary spirit of Maynard's fiancée. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
audiobook historical fiction --enslaved man whose enslaved mother was (forcibly) impregnated by a failing plantation owner before she was sold away to Natchez; his biological father now has "promoted" him to house servant after noticing his talents (inspired by real people), but a special ability leads him to become an Underground Railroad conductor before he eventually returns to the plantation to find out what has happened to the place he knew as his home.
This is so brilliantly and beautifully performed by [a:Joe Morton|127675|Joe Morton|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png]--it is worth it just to hear him sing the hymns of the enslaved, but (as you would expect from Ta-Nehisi Coates) it is also a good story. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This is the story of Hiram, a slave on a Virginia plantation, his father the very master of the estate. Hi is gifted beyond measure with perfect memory and recollection, save for the memory of his departed mother, lost in the fog of his mind. It is this very talent of memory that gets him called into the house to serve a new task, waiting on his white half-brother, Maynard. But Hi has another gift beyond his memory, a power known to few, the power of Conduction. Upon seeing a phantom dancing on a bridge, events are set into motion that will send Hiram on a journey through the horrors of slavery, the wonders of freedom, and the salvation of one's true family. Beautifully written, Coates has weaved a story about the power of stories; those we tell others, those we hold dear, and those forgotten waiting to reemerge. The real and the fantastic merge in what is sure to be an instant bestseller. ( )
  SeanBoley | Jun 5, 2021 |
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And I could only have seen her there on the stone bridge, a dancer wreathed in ghostly blue, because that was the way they would have taken her back when I was young, back when the Virginia earth was still red as brick and red with life, and though there were other bridges spanning the river Goose, they would have bound her and brought her across this one, because this was the bridge that fed into the turnpike that twisted its way through the green hills and down the valley before bending in one direction, and that direction was south.
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"Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers"--

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