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Caucasia: A Novel
Caucasia: A Novel
von Danzy Senna
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,99

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Race Matters, 2. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Caucasia: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
Cole and Birdie are the daughters of a black father and a white mother in Boston, MA. Cole, the eldest, takes after the father while Birdie, takes after the mother.
The parents, probably like more than a few of the mixed marriages of that time, consisted of a black intellectual with big ideas and theories and a rebellious WASP who was risking family ties to be a radical, militant whose views were diametrically opposed to her upbringing.
Once the marital problems began, and the separation occurred, the mother's militant 'activities' put her in the predicament of having to flee. To expedite this, she took custody of Birdie and the father took custody of Cole and 'went underground.'
The story is told in the voice of Birdie, the white one, and shed light on the pain of looking one way while one's heritage pointed to another. She had to 'pass' for Jewish while on the run with her mother and was privy to the subtle and overt racial prejudice harbored by those in the all white world she had to live in. In effect, she was 'undercover' and learned the secrets of those who would most certainly reject her if they knew her genetic makeup.
The story speaks of a black father who flip-flops his racial views from the extreme of marrying a white woman to making racial remarks that are hurtful to his children. The mother almost seems crazy as she wallows in self-pity, feminism, and an overzealous interest in 'the struggle.'
I think this is a great first novel. A great novel period. It is not for those seeking a quick or casual read as there is a lot to think about.


HTML: The Definitive Guide (Classique Us)
HTML: The Definitive Guide (Classique Us)
von Chuck Musciano
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Another Winner !, 25. Juni 2000
This is a great comprehensive guide to html. I have many books at work and this is one that is constantly borrowed by co-workers who need a clue.
It really is a Definitive Guide. Along with the DHTML and the Javascript Definitive guides, you should add this to your reference library if you are serious about the craft.


Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Guide: The Definitive Reference (Classique Us)
Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Guide: The Definitive Reference (Classique Us)
von Danny Goodman
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen You need this book, 25. Juni 2000
This is a great, comprehensive reference book for those needing the specifics about DHTML. In addtion to the DHTML and HTML sections, it includes a DOM Reference, CCS Reference and a Javascript Reference.
It points out differences in HTML 4, IE and NN. (Keeps you from wasting your time if you are seeking cross browser compatibility).
Along with the Definitive Guides to HTML and Javascript, this is a must have !


Abide with Me
Abide with Me
von E. Lynn Harris
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 22,93

4.0 von 5 Sternen Trilogy Complete, 15. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Abide with Me (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This was the final book in the Invisible Life/Just As I Am trilogy. The update/closure on Raymond was satisfying but the Nicole storyline was a little off. There is sweet and then there is stupid. Nicole was not 'stupid' in the previous plots.
Still, while closing some doors, he opened up some new ones with regards to the infamous, double-dealing Basil. He will definitely be the main character in a future novel.
This is light reading which exposes us to a different kind of lifestyle.


Ellen Foster: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Ellen Foster: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
von Kaye Gibbons
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Strength and Determination, 15. Juni 2000
While reading this book, I saw a very strong, clear thinking, determined and self sufficient child. Her motto of doing it her 'own self' reminded me of my independence as a child.
Yet, when I saw the movie, I didn't see an empowered child. I saw a sad story of an abused and abandoned child. I laughed through the book because you couldn't tell Ellen that she wasn't in control. The girl had a plan. Yet the movie left me so choked up that I almost felt bad that I hadn't realized how alone this child was before.
I am glad I read the book first. I think the author intended to show this from Ellen's perspective and not the department of children and family services.
Oft times, people write off childrens' spirit's and strength and turn them into mindless/feelingless being who need their lives to be decided upon by not so informed adults.
Yes, Ellen Foster was a tragic story. But it was also a story of great courage a thinking mind.
It was this book that made me a Kaye Gibbons fan !


Sights Unseen
Sights Unseen
von Kaye Gibbons
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Sad and Funny, 15. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Sights Unseen (Taschenbuch)
While I could definately feel sadness for the husband and children of this woman who suffered so severely from bi-polar disorder/manic depression, there was a part of this book that made me laugh hysterically.
Naturally, a child of an ill mother (whether mental or physical)is a topic which will generate sympathetic conversation. The subsequent loneliness and abandonment leaves a hole in children.
At the same time, Kaye Gibbons portrayal of this woman made me laugh out loud. From her justifying hitting a woman with her car because she dared to wear a certain outfit, to her tirade over hearing the spoons click in the bowl, I began to wonder if I weren't a little imbalanced for finding it funny instead of sick. The reactions didn't seem so far fetched to me. That or perhaps I know a whole lot of undiganosed folks out there who I thought were 'normal'.


The Art of Happiness
The Art of Happiness
von Dalai Lama
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Great for those on a quest, 15. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Art of Happiness (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This was a great intro into concepts of Buddhism. I particularly liked the passages on compassion, shifting perspective and empathy.
If you're seeking a way that is not based on rigid doctrine or one that is not riddled with fear/guilt producing reasons to behave a certain way, this may be a good first stop. This path definitely requires a paradigm shift.


Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made
Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made
von Virginia DeBerry
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Best Friends Triumph, 15. Juni 2000
When I see two authors' names on a book, it is usually on a topic like politics, economics, sociology .... non-fiction.
This is a NOVEL ... by and about best friends. It is a funny, sad, sometimes suspenseful story about friendship between two girls. The bond carries them through a tragic childhood accident and leads them through several life-changing revelations as they grow into adulthood.
The main characters are vastly different yet you may find a little of yourself in both.


And This Too Shall Pass: A Novel
And This Too Shall Pass: A Novel
von E. Lynn Harris
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 13,47

3.0 von 5 Sternen Just Okay, 15. Juni 2000
This was E. Lynn Harris' third novel. I liked it in many waysbut was disappointed in others. Compared to characters in his firsttwo books (Invisible Life and Just as I Am) these people seemed to lack the same emotion and inner struggle. I am guessing that the first novels were somewhat autobiographical and that enabled the writer to put more of himself into the stories. Though And This To Shall Pass was a captivating story, it seemed like more of a formula novel than one of real intent.
Perhaps I viewed his first two as informative. Single black women often joke that all the eligible black men are either married, in jail or gay. Mr. Harris schooled us that some of the so-called remaining good ones are secretly bisexual and leading lives which can ultimately wreak havoc for all involved. Most single women that I know who have read E. Lynn, recommend him. Those who haven't say they are too afraid.


If This World Were Mine
If This World Were Mine
von E. Lynn Harris
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 20,83

4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Read, 15. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: If This World Were Mine (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Years after graduation from Hampton University, this circle of friends keeps in touch through periodic meetings and journal writing. This is E. Lynn Harris' fourth novel so you know that at least one of the main characters is a gay man with a good heart. The infamous Basil Henderson appears in this story as well and adds twists to the lives of many. This time, though, E. Lynn sheds a little more light on Basil's background and you can, at least try, to understand why he behaves the way he does.
I liked this book because it is real about the friendships it portrays. Nearly 20 years after college, these characters are still fighting, loving and learning from each other. The familiarity of the families, college life and professional pursuits make this book very easy to read and relate to. For those who love his stories, this is a good one.
If This World Were Mine is crying for a sequel to tie up lots of loose threads.


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