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4.0 von 5 Sternen I've met this girl......
I am a white woman living in Brooklyn, I know those projects, ride the subway with those girls and have worked with some of them as well...
I congratulate Sister Souljah for having a new voice, a young woman not afraid of herself who is a doer, not a victim, but ultimately a dupe to the "gangsta" mentality she was raised with. I couldn't put it...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A harsh 'Winter'
The Coldest Winter Ever, is the first attempt made by Sistah Souljah, former Rap Artist and political speaker, at writing a novel. The books is set in Brooklyn, New York and is narrated by the main charater Winter Santiago. Winter, the daughter of Drug Lord Ricky Santiago, is faced with the challenges for facing life in the cold hard world of Drug Dealers and other...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I've met this girl......, 8. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Coldest Winter Ever (Taschenbuch)
I am a white woman living in Brooklyn, I know those projects, ride the subway with those girls and have worked with some of them as well...
I congratulate Sister Souljah for having a new voice, a young woman not afraid of herself who is a doer, not a victim, but ultimately a dupe to the "gangsta" mentality she was raised with. I couldn't put it down.
I praise Sister Souljah for the guts to have a negative ending, a real "shocker" that will let girls know what they are facing, another should be written for the tough, poor white girls I grew up with who ended up with babies and on welfare at 15. This definitely has so called "cross-over" appeal.
I feel like a lot of young women are duped into believing that relationships are all about money, and looks are the only thing that matter. I kept seeing what was going to happen to this girl around the next corner, but I wouldn't have known it at her age.
Sister Souljah is to be commended for the "devil's advocate" position she takes in this book. There are no other black women writers I know about who seem to be willing to reach out tho girls in this age group and inform them that they are worth so much more than what the ghetto or their society tells them----minority youth need to be built up and taught self-love, not implosion.
I was so glad this book had a realistic ending after all the happy-sappy ones of MacMillan, and even Alice Walker, or those of trash novels like Eric Jerome Dickey. I read these books because over half the people in my life are African or Caribbean American, or African plain out. This isn't me, necessarily in the book, but it is people I know, attitudes I see reflected in youth, and the conditions and lies about gangsterism that I see in some popular culture. It is hard being a young woman, period, even if you really think you are the "bomb" like she does. This book doesn't preach, it shows.
If you think that what happens to "girls like Winter" doesn't effect the community at large, beyond the ghetto, to people of other ethnicities, you are wrong. (Something SS recognizes) We are all interconnected. If Winter turned towards the positive she'd bring all her creativity, energy, and ambition to being someone we all would be proud of, want to do business with, etc, but she drags herself down. Never has the need for youth guidance been so evidence as it is to me today. These young people (black, white, Latino) etc need help overcoming and coping in a difficult, at times alienating society.
If the young people down in the Red Hook or Marcy or wherever projects can be restored to hope, and they can be ushered through growth and development, the communities will change, if they don't they will continue to wither.
I want Winter to succeed. I don't want to pay her welfare, watch her suffer, be involved with crime and violence, hurt others, and feed addictions. What I want is for Winter to be able to be happy and productive as a black woman, someone who doesn't have to change identities to be successful. She should be a happy successful black woman in the board room, on the city council, on the judge's bench or in the classroom. I don't want a violent, hurtful end for her. If she could do well, or better, we all would, progress is a win-win situation for all those involved.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A harsh 'Winter', 22. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Coldest Winter Ever (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The Coldest Winter Ever, is the first attempt made by Sistah Souljah, former Rap Artist and political speaker, at writing a novel. The books is set in Brooklyn, New York and is narrated by the main charater Winter Santiago. Winter, the daughter of Drug Lord Ricky Santiago, is faced with the challenges for facing life in the cold hard world of Drug Dealers and other hustlers, after her father is arrested for Drugs.
Winter finds herself in what she feels is a unique postion of being an uneducated teenager who life has been up to this point surrounded by all the can by including a Mansion and customized cars and then having it all dissappear in a one night raid where she loses her father to prison and left with a witless mother and younger siblings.
Feeling as though cunning and power is an inheritable trait she seek out to re-claim her fathers lost fortune the hard way. Winter's resolve that nothing including family and friends can get her way is her obvious shortcoming. However, her story really centers around that fact that she has no idea what to do, and is as excited as a bank robber with a wax gun in the middle of a heat wave. You know it can't be done and you hope he the pittiful person at the very least has a brilliant plan B. Afer reading the book the one thing that can be said for sure is I am also no "fan" of Winter Santiago. She's a hard character to like. However the worst part was the character "Sister Souljah" in the book. It was confusing to me.
What was she doing there?
Why couldn't she have placed anyone else there? The character itself, in my opinion, could have been anyone. It was a self glorifying move on the part of Sistah Souljah. And Girlfriend if you thought, when you wrote this, that this would be an issues, you should have followed your conscious and left the charater out.
I for one, did not enjoy the transparent self-promotion.
The book itself was a good first try and is suitable for teenagers. In fact it really just be marketed to young adult between 16-20 yrs old.
I still encourage Souljah to keep trying her writing style was evidently young but it displayed a larger potential.
My comment to Sistah Souljah: "Girl! Dig Deeper!"
The woman (souljah) has plenty to say. As soon as she learns to say it without "preaching" (and yes the story was overtly preachy) she'll win a number of people over.
My focus however was not the manner in which the story was being told but the story itself. So having said this, I need to point out that the depth of her characters (save Winter, herself) was lacking (shallow to say the least). Who were these people? And why were they not explained in more detail?
I think she succeeded in creating a character that was so self absorbed that the focus remained on herself. but by doing this, she alienate her reader from the personalities of everyone else in the story.
Think about it, I found myself not really caring about the plight of the of Winter family and friends to the point that when they disappeared and reappeared without notice, it didn't matter. You know that the story rests solely on the shoulders of the main character, and this in itself made you care less about the reappearance of the second oldest sister(whose name escapes me) at the end?
DIG DEEPER!!!
The message was received. Now look around at the community and identify the characters your writing about! Because its NOT "just" the plight of one character that moves people, it's the results and intimacies of supporting characters that will help me to understand. That's the subtle, yet, crucial ingredient missing in this book. I had no idea what kind of people surrounded this woman-child to help my understand why she made the choices she did. Souljah relied too heavily on types (naïve stereotypes)and this made most of them cardboard cutouts. Any one of those people could have died or been killed for from the story (little or no reason) and the effect would have been as powerful as a wet fire cracker.
I had an inside view of the lifestyle she was attempting to describe. For I did not come "close" to being Winter Santiago. I was Winter's multidimensional imagine of the mirror from the real world. However it wasn't until after prison that I realized that the life of a square (although not easy) was reliable.
Sorry, I love the sistah. In fact hearing her speak was one of the things that help set me straight. But the book was clearly not one I expected she would write. In fact after the excitement of buying the book. I read it record time! (two days) and had nothing to reflect upon.
Again, Girl! dig deeper! The book revealed nothing about you and YOU, were a charater in it.
Andrea Goode
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Message in the Music, 26. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Coldest Winter Ever (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This book deserves to be a movie. It is that riveting and that real. Sister Souljah just put the story out there without apologies, without holding back. In one character, Winter Santiaga, Souljah has characterized what most black (and Latina) girls are faced with today because their focus is all looks and getting a man with big money. Winter's life is so glamorous, but as street-smart as this Brooklyn born daughter of a top drug man so tough he bankrolls the chief of police, Winter is dumb. She came from the projects, where many (though certainly not all) have the welfare mentality of let someone else pay and it better have a brand name or top billing. Her parents were young lovers who had their first daughter, Winter, young. Her mother was 14 when she was born. Her father stayed to raise his family and had no problems living in the "ghetto." But like most big timers who don't want to forget where they come from (i.e. Tupak Shakur, Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace) they are eventually forced out by jelousy. Which is a shame because staying proves the love. Nevertheless Winter is raised on money (she spends $5,000 like she's spending $5) and street-smart principles, but no value. She doesn't even have to go to school. Eventually her father is taken down. Her beautiful mother who never had to wear the same designer suit twice goes back to Brooklyn and becomes a crackhead and her sisters are filed out into foster homes (similar to Malcolm X's story), and the beautiful Long Island mansion with parquet floors and a housekeeper, are only reminders of the Feds doing their jobs. Winter, selfishly fends for self. Homeless, she hustles to wear flyy gear and gets gamed by her own greed and selfishness. She would not help the pregnant friend she hustled with get out of jail when the girl was busted stealing a suit for her. She considered her mother an embarrassement as she declined from crack and even once gave her mother a vile from one of her drugdealing boyfriends who worked for the people who betrayed her father. And she got gamed thinking she was going to sleep with a top rap star and because she never turned on the light got screwed by his bodyguard. Job? Never crossed her mind. Where does this beautiful girl end up? The negativity in this book is powerful psychological tool that Souljah mastered. Young girls reading the book are given potential situations and seeing how Winter handled it, will reason for themselves what to do BEFORE it happens. The language is RAW, but you have to move past it because Souljah is on a mission and hits her targeted audience with a bullseye. My daughter will have to read this book once she is of age 14 or so because kids are presented with things so young these days. I was highly disappointed with the ending, but it was realistic. That's the way life goes. Shame. But Souljah gives you something to think about and then some.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Best Book I Read This Summer!!!, 24. Oktober 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Coldest Winter Ever (Gebundene Ausgabe)
What can I say? This was the best book I read this summer (and I read quite a few). I have not been so astounded by a book since I read Beloved in college. Winter's story was a harsh reality check as devastating as a blow to the head!
I read No Disrespect a few years ago and I loved it. When I heard Sister Souljah on the radio this spring discussing her new novel, I made a note to read it before the summer ended. The book was a real page turner. I couldn't stop reading it, and when I was done in two days, I was sad that I had finished it. I was also blown away by the roller coaster ride I went on with Winter that ended so tragically.
The thing that made this story so emotionally gripping for me is that I basically liked Winter and her family. As their "empire" crumbled around them and the whole family fell apart, I actually felt sorry for them all. But wrong is wrong, and a high price has to be paid for living the drug dealing lifestyle.
Because of her popularity with the youth, I hope many of them will read this book and take the lesson to heart. It is hard to live in a capitalistic, materialistic society and not feel compelled to "get your's" at any cost - but Souljah shows us in The Coldest Winter Ever that the price may be more than you want to pay. Everything that glitters definitely isn't gold.
I just have to know - will there be a sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever? I would love to find out what happens to Winter after she finishes serving her sentence. Will she be a changed woman - or will she resort back to her old lifestyle?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Outstanding Piece of Work, 5. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Coldest Winter Ever (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I purchased this book on a Sunday afternoon and I had completed the 300+ pages by the following Tuesday morning. I could not put this book down! I had it with me under the hairdryer, in the tub, while doing my laundry, everywhere! I have to say that I had genuine dislike for Winter Santiaga. I was not able to identify with some of her values, her thought processes and consequent decisions. In Winter's mind, there was nothing more important than a flashy "whip", acquisition of money by any means, and being taken care of by a man. However, it is an important work for black females of all ages and socioeconomic status to read. A large number of us can identify with making clothing purchases that may not be economically smart at times, but they make us feel good, giving a false sense of esteem. Winter's character also gives us a view of how the relationships we have with with our fathers greatly influences the type of mates that we are attracted to and how much disrespect we are willing to endure.
The writing is unforgiving and in your face. I hadn't felt that from a book since I read "The Color Purple" years before it was made into a movie. Winter's language, thoughts, actions are raw, never fluffy and sweet.This book gave me a chill as I can picture there is at least one Winter Santiaga in every state in the US, in every country in this world. I had never been interested in Sister Souljah's writing before, but I have become a fan. I cannot wait for her next novel. Until then, I will buy her autobiography and try to read it much slower, so as to savor every word.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Admirable depiction of a society's downfall, 12. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Coldest Winter Ever (Taschenbuch)
As a lover of literature and poetry, it took a lot of convincing by my sister before I picked this book up. I am so glad that I did. Never before have I read such a raw, powerful, and emotional depiction of the "ghetto" girl of today.
Possessed by money and the illusion of power, Winter is a pathetically delusional person at the start of the story. But her training and education on the streets and through the downfall of her "mafia-style" family is intriguing and extremely thoughtful. She represents the unwanted ideal of celebrity - the street-wise ghetto princess we have seen from afar but never dare to delve into her psyche or what drives her clouded ambition.
Sister Souljah has a unique perspective into her characters and weaves prominent social problems into her story with the acumen of a pro. The characters are dynamic and inspire empathy within the reader, even when every moral fiber within the reader advises him or her to hate the twisted morality of the characters.
I was especially pleased with the "reality-based" ending Souljah chose for this book. I won't give away the ending, but a friend advised my sister, "This is Sister Souljah, not Danielle Steele."
This is a book that can inspire readers to re-evaluate their own misperceptions and prejudices. Instead of shunning those who fit the molds of "ghetto princesses," crack-dealers, and "base-heads," Souljah sends the clear message that within these people there are humans who can be saved, even if it takes a lifetime to save them.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen OFF THA MEAT RACK!, 22. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Coldest Winter Ever (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Word is Bond! This book was off tha hook. Yo, I'm 17 years old from Queens and the only books I read are like Source Magazines. My sister brought me this book and told me to check it out but i wasn't tryin to hear that cause i don't get into books, even if Sister Souljah did write it. But when school started and i needed something to read for study hall i figured i try it out after all it is Sister Souljah and I've always known of her since i was a real shorty. I opened the book, skimmed through and checked out some paragraphs. I was like aiight this sounds kinda on point. When i got into the first paragraph I didn't wanna put it down! I mean the character Winter was on point! For once i thought "they made books for girls like me to read and relate to." Especially when they were going to peep that Wutang and Def Squad concert...I was like Ah Yeah! I read the book in two weeks and that's only because i promised myself that i would save the book for the next study hall. When i finished reading it, I read it over again til i found another book like it(which i still haven't) and still laughed and started ballin like i never read it before. For real, I hope that Sister Souljah writes a sequel or some more books like these or make a movie cause i'm for this 100%.So if anybody that knows another book like this or close, hit me up and tell mr tha 411. Once again, big up to Sister Souljah
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Compellingly off the Hook!!!!!, 13. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Coldest Winter Ever (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I picked this book up from the library with much apprehension because I did not really understand the philosophy behind the person titled Sistah Soljah. I had heard much about her, but nothing that could prepare me for what was to unfold between these pages.
I read this book within 48 hours, it consumed my attention span and it calculated my every move because I felt drawn to its pages like a moth to a flame. I had to know what was going to be the next issue in the Santiago saga and more importantly how it would be resolved. I needed to follow the mysticism surrounding "Midnight" I wanted to understand the psyche that controlled people who live this life. I fantisized and imagined myself on these pages living Winter's life. Even though Sistah Souljah was not the protagonist in the story, I could feel her purpose and intent while she was spinning her yarn. The events in the book were so explicit and clear that you could not help but wonder if the story were fact instead of fiction.
I read approximately 5 to 7 books a month, but I cannot recall a more gripping novel then "The Coldest Winter Ever". Everyone from the Projects to the Penthouses should read this book. You will laugh, you will cry, you will cheer, and you will jeer. Ultimately, you will educate your mind and open your eyes as you see how the Santiago way of life comes tumbling down.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Inside Her Head, Don't Like Her But Too Fascinated To Leave!, 31. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Coldest Winter Ever (Taschenbuch)
What a incredible journey to be inside this young African American woman's head as she leads her life as her drug dealing, spare-no-expense, father's daughter in and around New York City. She is brought up in the crassest, materialistic style imaginable and doesn't recognize that something is very wrong with her father supporting his family this way. Then the ceiling falls in on her as her father is arrested and the money comes to a screeching halt. She is romantically interested in a man who works for her father but they are in direct contrast with one another. The man can only focus on getting out of this drug-fed job and lifestyle whereas all she wants is back into it for the money and its material comforts. The author herself becomes a character in the last third of the book, as a healing figure in the African American community, which is her real-life role. She is the young woman's last chance to turn her life around from the fast money lane. You will never like this young woman but you will come to understand what made her become the way she is. This is fascinating material and I'm sure glad I wasn't raised in the environment which is depicted. I loved the hot colors and the face on the cover and that's what drew me to it initially. I had never heard of the book or its author before. The cover and the contents are equally intense!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Riveting, Thoroughly Entertaining w/Strong Characterization, 3. Februar 2000
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The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah is a thoroughly engrossing, simply riveting book that I am very happy to have read. It is like a tell-all story from an urban teenaged girl's point-of-view. From the drug life to the privileged life, the story takes you on a journey that you will never forget. There's so much that can be said about this book, but I'll start with the main character Winter. This girl is sooo real, so authentic that I wondered "Who is Winter? Where is she?" SHE EXISTS out there somewhere. Sister Souljah did an excellent job characterizing Winter as well as the others (Midnight, Lauren, Santiaga, etc.). The way the story was written you were allowed to know Winter's every thought, whether you agreed with those thoughts or not. Winter was defined by what happened to her and how she reacted to the things that she experienced (mother's accident, father's jailing, being forced to live among strangers, lack of money, love for money...). And the plot had many twists and turns, shockers and laughs. My favorite line is "Bounce, nigga," which is what Winter said to a 'white man'. It was hilarious. Overall, I loved the story, the writing, the character, and some of the messages conveyed in this piece of work. It is highly recommended...a book that has "FILM ME" written all through its pages.
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