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Well – tekijä: Mildred D. Taylor

Well (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1995; vuoden 1999 painos)

– tekijä: Mildred D. Taylor (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Logan Family (2)

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In Mississippi in the early 1900s ten-year-old David Logan's family generously shares their well water with both white and black neighbors in an atmosphere of potential racial violence.
Teoksen nimi:Well
Kirjailijat:Mildred D. Taylor (Tekijä)
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (1999)
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The Well (tekijä: Mildred D. Taylor) (1995)


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David Logan tells the story of when his family's well was the only one in their area of Mississippi that hadn't dried up during a drought in the early days of the 20th century. David's family is black, and they freely give water from their well to blacks and whites as well - whoever needs it. But one white family, the Simms, are racist to the core, and their two sons stir up trouble with David and his hot-headed older brother, Hammer. When there was trouble between blacks and whites in those days, (especially in the deep South), the blacks would always come out on the losing side, no matter who was in the right or wrong. But in the last few pages of the book, a surprise comes along that changes the way the community sees the Logans and the Simms.
This short novella shoots like an arrow through the tale, with no wandering or side stories at all. ( )
  fingerpost | Apr 4, 2021 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Those who have read [b:Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry|310459|Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Logans, #4)|Mildred D. Taylor|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1388345167s/310459.jpg|1165554] will recognize David Logan as the father of Cassie and her brothers. In this short novel, David is ten years old and his brother Hammer is fourteen. It's 1910 in Mississippi, a summer of drought, and the well on the Logans' land is the only one that hasn't run dry. The Logans are willing to share water with black and white alike, but their generosity isn't appreciated by everyone.

I consider Roll of Thunder to be one of the best middle-grade books ever. Ms. Taylor's voice not only captures the spirit of her young protagonist but also crafts some lovely prose. She writes with a sort of effortless assurance, a quiet wisdom that doesn't try to be profound; it simply is. Her characters are real people, struggling against their inner selves as well as one another, making mistakes and making me root for them to grow strong and true. The Well is exactly what I would expect from a short novel by this author.

In less than a hundred pages, Taylor portrays racism with not just honesty but intimacy, layering her depiction with the stories of Ma Rachel and David's father in addition to David's own experience. David and Hammer react as individuals, each of them hurt and humiliated but processing and expressing these emotions in different ways (reflecting their different responses as adults in Taylor's other works). Every scene of this story peels back another layer of racism's reality, of the fight for one's dignity as a person to be acknowledged by those with power and agency. David's parents expect him to know how to behave in front of white people; but just as strongly, they remind him that he has worth whether it is acknowledged by others or not.

The storytelling craft is strong, weaving unspoken layers that a very young reader might not pick up on. For example, the scene between Caroline Logan and the sheriff (in which she tries to keep Hammer out of jail after he knocks down a white boy) is a subtly complex interplay between a civilian and a law officer, but also between a black woman and a white man in the turn-of-the-century South. Though Caroline knows that deference is her only option, she also knows how to make necessary appeasement work for her. For a moment, there's almost a sense that, with her people-smarts and her unquestionable dignity, Caroline is winning the day.

The story offers no happy ending. The Simms family, who resent the Logans for being black and yet having more land, more water--they don't suddenly admit to their prejudice and ask forgiveness. This is a children's book, but it is tough and unflinching and therefore moving, no matter the age of the reader. All of which make this a worthy installment of the Logan family saga. I loved getting a glimpse into David's heart, seeing him and Hammer as boys. I love this fictional family, and someday I hope to read all of Taylor's work. ( )
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
RGG: Set in the 1910's, David and Hammer Logan suffer from the racism of the time at the hands of the Simms, and when Hammer "steps out of line," his parents make him serve an unwarranted punishment rather than risk his life.
  rgruberexcel | Jun 21, 2015 |
The Well: David’s Story
By Mildred D. Taylor (1998)

I liked The Well: David’s Story by Mildred D. Taylor for two reasons. First, I liked the symbolism in the book. Specifically, the well is a reoccurring symbol in the book, and Taylor does an excellent job of emphasizing the importance of it. Basically, the well is what erupted the tension between the Logan’s and the Simms’s. Second, I liked how Taylor created an accurate picture of the racism that occurred in the early 1900’s. For example, Charlie, white, torments Hammer because he is black; thus, Taylor does not dismiss the racial tension. Overall, the “big idea” of The Well: David’s Story is to exemplify the racism that occurred in the early 1900’s, and the cruelties that existed because of it. ( )
  Mdierd1 | May 10, 2014 |
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