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A Hope in the Unseen : An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy… (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1998; vuoden 1998 painos)

– tekijä: Ron Suskind

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At Ballou Senior High, a crime-infested school in Washington, D.C., honor students have learned to keep their heads down. Like most inner-city kids, they know that any special attention in a place this dangerous can make you a target of violence. But Cedric Jennings will not swallow his pride, and with unwavering support from his mother, he studies and strives as if his life depends on it--and it does. The summer after his junior year, at a program for minorities at MIT, he gets a fleeting glimpse of life outside, a glimpse that turns into a face-on challenge one year later: acceptance into Brown University, an Ivy League school. At Brown, finding himself far behind most of the other freshmen, Cedric must manage a bewildering array of intellectual and social challenges. Cedric had hoped that at college he would finally find a place to fit in, but he discovers he has little in common with either the white students, many of whom come from privileged backgrounds, or the middle-class blacks. Having traveled too far to turn back, Cedric is left to rely on his faith, his intelligence, and his determination to keep alive his hope in the unseen--a future of acceptance and reward that he struggles, each day, to envision.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:liniwy
Teoksen nimi:A Hope in the Unseen : An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League
Kirjailijat:Ron Suskind
Info:Broadway (1998), Edition: 1st ed, Hardcover
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):**1/2
Avainsanoja:journalism, non-fiction, social science, clarence thomas, brown university, cederic

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A tale of an inner city young man as he travels from his bottom of the barrel DC high school to Brown. The book is known as one that challenges the reader on the issue of affirmative action. It does. More specifically it challenges the idea of "letting in lesser students" into an environment like Brown. But there is also a sub-theme about how girls are doing better than boys. Oh, yes, the so-called boys crisis is in here too. But it's framed in a much better way that I've seen before because it really deals with violence in our inner cities.

I read this book for a seminar class I'm co-teaching this fall. Can't wait to hear what the students think.
  roniweb | May 30, 2019 |
5570. A Hope in the Unseen An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League, by Ron Suskind (read 21 Jul 2018)The author came to know Cedric Jennings as a student at a D.C. high school which is a high school of many failing kids. Cedric, due to a strong mother (now, though she has never married and has three kids by three different men) and a vigorous church life is determined to succeed and avoids the stupid things so many of his classmates succumb to. The book tells how he succeeded being accepted at Brown in Providence, RI, and his first year at Brown is related (in the present tense!) in much detail. I admit all the mental turmoil which Cedric goes through I found not enjoyable reading and one does not know how he will do but assumes he will do all right else there would not be this book. But there is a lot of angst and one almost despairs over poor choices Cedric's mother makes in regard to her finances. And Cedric does not do a whole lot better sometimes. But it works out and the book while depicting a lot to fret about does end on an upbeat note. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jul 22, 2018 |
A Hope in the Unseen is a true story of a boy named Cedric and his experience moving from high school to college. The central message is that even though one can have low expectations they can rise above with hard work and dedication. With Cedric's extra efforts he was accepted in a top-flight college even though his inner city high school had poor resources. ( )
  KaitlynMahani | Feb 16, 2017 |
Very well written account of a gifted black student from D.C. The obstacles Cedric Jennings encounters as he struggles through probably one of the worst, most dangerous, crime ridden high schools are seemingly insurmountable. And the difficulties continue as he continues his education at Brown. Very informative and eye opening. Every white person needs to read a book like this. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
Just as a heads up there will be spoilers in this review! I would like to start off saying that this is a good book, but I did not like it. I found it very slow and for large portions of the story it was difficult for me to relate. But it is still a good story, it has important lessons, it is thought provoking, and can be very moving. There is a difference between good and entertaining; somethings can be good but not entertaining, others can be entertaining but not good, and then there are a few that are good and entertaining. Take the movies Citizen Kane and American Pie for example. Citizen Cane is an amazing film, my high school Film Studies teacher said that you cannot have a film class without watching Citizen Kane. With all that said, I was bored out of my mind when we screened it. On the other hand we have American Pie, probably one of my favorite movies because it is hilarious. But I would never call it a good movie. A Hope in the Unseen falls into the good category for me, so if you are looking to have a good laugh, fright, or mystery this is not the book for you.
A Hope in the Unseen is a non-fiction story written by Ron Suskind, about a young man who grew up in the intercity school system. Left and right students were dropping out like flies all around our main character, Cedric Lavar Jennings. The story starts with Cedric as a junior in high school. He is an extremely determined student with almost perfect marks and a love for learning. During his junior year Cedric is encouraged by one of his teachers to apply for a summer course in a program called MITES. After getting accepted and then going to MITES he realizes how much being at his high school, Ballou, has held him back. He found himself struggling to keep up in class and even get a passing grade. At the end of the program he was told that he was not MIT material, almost crushing his dreams. The book then follows Cedric through his senior year, his acceptance to Brown University, and his life in college.
This book is about growing up, and fighting for what you want. At the beginning of the book Cedric’s school was said to be like a bucket of crabs, as one is about to crawl out it is grabbed and pulled back in. This was Cedric’s struggle, he knew he would get into college, he just did not know which one. He had to fight to keep his nose clean and not let the negativity of others drag him back in. Or follow the path of his father who is in and out of prison for drug charges over the course of the book. Towards the end of his senior year the school had its awards ceremony honoring students for their achievements. Later on in class a student that even though he got accepted into a college did not receive any scholarships, showed his jealousy towards Cedric’s achievements in scholarships. He decides to try to pick a fight with Cedric, but thankfully no one was seriously injured. These were the things that Cedric had to worry about, not whether he would get into drugs but if he would get attacked by other students who picked drugs over grades. And he most likely would not have been able to do that without the people in his life who cared about him.
The story though is not completely about Cedric, it also follows the story of his mother. Barbara is a beautiful character with many thoughtful things to say. Of all the side characters she was the most influential to Cedric. Even with her minimal education and lack of college experience she would always have some inspirational words for her son. She once said “A man,” She says, like reciting a mantra, “takes care of himself physically, financially, and spiritually. And I mean, TOTALLY. Nobody else helping.” This quote really spoke to me because instead of focusing on things like experiences, and strength being the definition of a man it focuses on responsibility. To me this quote is getting rid of the thought that hyper-masculinity is what is necessary to be a man, and saying that when he is responsible enough to take care of himself and truly be an adult, then he is a man. Barbara is the reason Cedric is such a good student, she took him to church and fought to raise him right. She pushed him to do his best, and not fall as many of his fellow classmates did. Barbara gave him all that she could, even taking the couch in their one bedroom apartment so Cedric could have a proper bed to sleep in. While there where others that influenced Cedric, no one was as big of an influence as his mother.
With the help of his teachers, friends, and mother Cedric shows that he can do anything if he tries hard enough. He defied the odds and made it not only in college but an Ivy League university. Through this book Suskind shows how it does not matter where a person came from, or what their schooling was like; with a good support system they can actually do whatever they want. Cedric proves that even though people say the sky is the limits, people can still shoot for the stars. He also shows how our experiences shape us, Cedric left high school with one friend who most of the time he did not really want to talk to. In college he finds friends with similar interest who he likes to be around. At one point he even meets a girl, which at the beginning of the book seemed more impossible than getting into an Ivy League school. Suskind portrays a message that even though you cannot see it does not mean, it cannot or will not happen. There was a point where Cedric could not see his goal of making it in the big leagues of college, but he did it. Cedric shows the readers that there is hope in the unseen, just because a person cannot see it does not mean they should give up.
  Jessica.Ann.Hammond | Nov 9, 2015 |
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"Hebrews 11:1," says Mr. Taylor. "The substance of faith is a hope in the unseen."
"NO. Wrong--you messed it!" Cedric laughs. "It goes 'Faith, the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Man, Mr. Taylor, you always getting 'em wrong."
... Then he turns the botched line over in his head and hears his giggle echo through the empty hallway. A hope in the unseen. Sort of a pocket-sized version of the orginal, and not really a religious phrase he decides, but one you can definitely take with you. [pp.49-50, Broadway Books, 2005]
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At Ballou Senior High, a crime-infested school in Washington, D.C., honor students have learned to keep their heads down. Like most inner-city kids, they know that any special attention in a place this dangerous can make you a target of violence. But Cedric Jennings will not swallow his pride, and with unwavering support from his mother, he studies and strives as if his life depends on it--and it does. The summer after his junior year, at a program for minorities at MIT, he gets a fleeting glimpse of life outside, a glimpse that turns into a face-on challenge one year later: acceptance into Brown University, an Ivy League school. At Brown, finding himself far behind most of the other freshmen, Cedric must manage a bewildering array of intellectual and social challenges. Cedric had hoped that at college he would finally find a place to fit in, but he discovers he has little in common with either the white students, many of whom come from privileged backgrounds, or the middle-class blacks. Having traveled too far to turn back, Cedric is left to rely on his faith, his intelligence, and his determination to keep alive his hope in the unseen--a future of acceptance and reward that he struggles, each day, to envision.

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