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Two families sharing common language, workplace and folkways, yet separated by race. "Cigar Factory" illustrates the psychological and social boundaries of poor whites and poor blacks. It portrays the opportunities that would come (and did come) from recognizing a potential ally. I loved seeing into a lost world in this well-researched book.
If Charleston's culture is rooted in its language Robin Miles takes you in deep. I had the feeling she relished the chance to take on the Gullah inflected english for the length of an entire book. Although the story is often dark, her performance is joyful. A virtuoso given a particularly complicated piece. She makes Charleston sing and effortlessly becomes the story.
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If you could sum up The Cigar Factory in three words, what would they be?
Fascinating lowcountry storu
Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Haven't listened to others, but she,was spot on with her lowcountry accents. I think it made the book so much more enjoyable to listen to her read it rather than sitting down to read it. I loved it!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
yes..wont say which parts because I don't want to give it away, but cried several times.
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What made the experience of listening to The Cigar Factory the most enjoyable?
The uniqueness of the story.
What did you like best about this story?
All of it!
What about Robin Miles’s performance did you like?
She obviously has a great interest in the subject; her enthusiasm for the characters comes through and her command of the accents and language required is excellent. She also has perfect diction.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
The early 1900s seen from a different perspective.
Any additional comments?
The uniqueness of the subject matter opens the listener's thoughts to a whole new universe and what you thought you knew about racism and the inequality of that time might be challenged...