If Beale Street Could Talk

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The book was raw and revealing about the treatment of people of color in the U.S. during the time frame of the book in the '70s and up until now. The perception of being Americans was brutal and hones

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t and not positive. I loved the narrator of the audible version, and she did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life even though she narrated for each of the characters including her boyfriend, her father, her mother, etc.
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I am finally reading this in advance of the movie. In many ways this novel feels like a play as if one wall has been torn down so we can see the intimate details of the characters' lives. This is not consistently followed, and neither is the POV--Tish is able to tell us things she would not truly be able to know. But breaking the rules works here because of the author's mastery.
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Such emotion. I kept having a hard time picking this book up because I kept needing a break from the sadness and unfairness of the situations (but wanted to know the outcome). This author was able to really pull me into the story. Revisiting the early 70’s from a totally different perspective than my white, suburban, 11-year-old existence was quite an eye-opener.
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this book made me thankful for stories, whether they are fiction, realistic fiction or non-fiction. through writers and their stories, readers can experience and study things, animals, people or events that we would otherwise never encounter. being a young white female, I never experienced the USA during the civil rights movement and I will likely never experience the racism and discrimination people of color endure to date. therefore, as I was reading If Beale Street Could Talk I tried to carefully pay attention and, in some odd way, listen while I was reading. my hope was that if I was an active reader, I could possibly come close to understanding what social issues black people, in particular, have dealt with and still deal with today. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie when it is released.

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