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Would you listen to The Gilded Years again? Why?
If i ever re-listened to a book this would qualify. I loved it but since the story will stay with me a long time i'm not sure i need to listen again
What did you like best about this story?
loved the guts of a black woman to be the first to graduate from Vassar. the struggles to maintain the facade of a black woman in a white world were obviously intense. clearly the prejudices of the gentried class stood in her way but her will trumped all and she achieved her goal despite a vindictive roommate. sad it took so long for Vassar and other prestigious universities to admit women of color
Which scene was your favorite?
lots of great senes but i think the one where she meets her to be husband when they could both truly share how they felt living in a prejudiced world
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
no extreme reactions - the historical aspect of it was wonderful. didn't laugh or cry though i was sad to find out at the end they chose to live as white - to the point where their own children didn't even know of their black heritage. and her parents never spoke to them again. after all Anita achieved i hoped she and her husband would break down barriers and prove to the world their worth, not just as black but as people equal to everyone else
Any additional comments?
it's a great book - well written and beautiful imagery. a little Downton Abbey with the NY mansions descriptions (which were embellished as the author admits after the book ends)
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The story was fabulous! It caused me to do a little research of my own on 'passing'.
The pronunciation of the word 'Massachusetts' was extremely annoying! So much so, that I cringed when I expected it to come up in the story and almost stopped listening. If there is anyway to return this to the studio to have the word pronounced properly and sans lisp, it would be greatly appreciated!
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