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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Kindle Edition
Told in a voice that echoes the magic cadences of Toni Morrison or the folk wisdom of Zora Neale Hurston's collected oral histories, Wilkerson's book pulls not just the expanse of the migration into focus but its overall impact on politics, literature, music, sports -- in the nation and the world. -- Lynell George ― Los Angeles Times
Scholarly but very readable, this book, for all its rigor, is so absorbing, it should come with a caveat: Pick it up only when you can lose yourself entirely. ― O, The Oprah Magazine
Profound, necessary and an absolute delight to read. -- Toni Morrison
Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns is an American masterpiece, a stupendous literary success that channels the social sciences as iconic biography in order to tell a vast story of a people's reinvention of itself and of a nation--the first complete history of the Great Black Migration from start to finish, north, east, west. -- David Levering Lewis
Not since Alex Haley's Roots has there been a history of equal literary quality where the writing surmounts the rhythmic soul of fiction, where the writer's voice sings a song of redemptive glory as true as Faulkner's southern cantatas. -- The San Francisco Examiner
[A] sweeping history of the Great Migration... The Warmth of Other Suns builds upon such purely academic works to make the migrant experience both accessible and emotionally compelling. -- NPR.org
One of the most lyrical and important books of the season -- David Shribman ― Boston Globe
A seminal work of narrative nonfiction. . . . You will never forget these people. -- Gay Talese
A landmark piece of nonfiction...sure to hold many surprises for readers of any race or experience...A mesmerizing book that warrants comparison to The Promised Land, Nicholas Lemann's study of the Great Migration's early phase, and Common Ground, J. Anthony Lukas's great, close-range look at racial strife in Boston...[Wilkerson's] closeness with, and profound affection for, her subjects reflect her deep immersion in their stories and allow the reader to share that connection. -- Janet Maslin ― The New York Times --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B088W7J1DV
- Publisher : Penguin (4 August 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 2494 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 615 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0141995157
- Best Sellers Rank: #118,386 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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SO NEGATIVE THAT I WILL HAVE TO READ FIVE POSITIVE BOOKS TO DETOX MY MIND.
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The first 183 pages are a detailed account of the three main characters’ lives before they left the South, a section of the book that I felt was far too long. The author could have conveyed the same information in about a hundred and thirty fewer pages.
The following chapters are far more interesting and tell how these people made their way across the country — I love travel stories and this section of the book in particular is especially well written — and document their varied lives in their new homes, from their arrival as young people to their deaths as pensioners many decades later.
One key issue that is frequently touched on but never fully addressed is the impact that the arrival of hundreds of thousands of black migrants had on the receiving cities and on the places the migrants left.
For example, is Chicago a better city now that so many of its residents are black rather than white? Is the South worse off now that it has lost so many black people?
I feel that a chapter on this particular topic would have been a good way to end the book and to analyse the overs effects of the Migration.
Overall, a thoroughly well-written, well-researched and enjoyable book.
I learnt a lot about an important aspect of twentieth-century social history.