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What made the experience of listening to The Warmth of Other Suns the most enjoyable?
The realization of just how bleak the lives of post slavery black people were, especially in the south, and also the realization of just how recently this changed.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
The story followed the lives of several of the black people who migrated from the south in the early 20th century. The story seemed a little slow and plodding. Sometimes it was difficult to maintain interest. The story could/should have been told in perhaps 1/2 to 2/3 as much time.
Have you listened to any of Robin Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is my first Robin Miles reading
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, it was a story that I listened to for education, not entertainment.
Any additional comments?
I think that this is a worthwhile read for white people such as myself as well as Black people. It is about a shared heritage that none of us can be proud of. For a conscientious white person, it is horrifying to see just how cruel other white people were in the Jim Crow south. I am not sure how a black person might react, but I can imagine a mixture of emotions, some directed at white people for their cruelty, and some directed at themselves and other black people for their helplessness in the face of this cruelty.
I am 62 years old, and it is a bit humbling to realize that many of the abuses that are described were in full force during my lifetime, and indeed that some of this exists today.
I think that this book would be most valuable to young people of all races. This would help them to understand some of why the older generation acts and thinks the way it does.
22 of 22 people found this review helpful
I can't imagine why a previous reviewer regards this book as poorly written. I beg to differ; it's a masterful work of non-fiction which has been recognized as such by important critics and award committees. If the objection is, I've heard all this before, consider that Isabel Wilkerson isn't necessarily addressing scholars. This book brings a critical component of American history to those of us who have heard little, if anything, about the Great Migration, neglected as it has been in public education. The book is eminently readable, thanks to the novelistic way her three principal characters are brought to life. Their individual stories illustrate the complex motivations, means and outcomes of Great Migration participants. Fascinating, compelling, thought-provoking, and expertly narrated--I can't recommend it highly enough.
50 of 52 people found this review helpful
…in sounding like the transcript of some lightweight TV documentary.
Slight, unashamedly repetetive, frequently breaks out into insufferable insipidity. Subject deserves so much more. Like it hadn't suffered sufficient injustice as it was. Next time I catch myself inclined to spend a credit on some "Winner of THE PULITZER PRIZE," I'll know better.
So powerful, so moving, so life affirming
Outstanding narrator brought everyone to life - -
A life-changing "read" - beautifully written, wonderfully narrated, heartbreaking book. It is SO important for us all to understand this important part of our history so that we can see and understand more clearly the things that are happening today in the US and around the world and work towards making things better. Should be required reading in schools for sure!