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The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Februar 2006

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Order this book ... and please don't be put off by its pallid subtitle, A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, which doesn't begin to do justice to the utterly unique and moving story contained within. The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man, making her isolation even more profound. The book is a success story, a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story--along with her son's--The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight and realism. It is, in a word, inspiring, and you will finish it with unalloyed admiration for a flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, a little more faith in us all. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"[A] triumph."—The New York Times Book Review

"As lively as a novel, a well-written, thoughtful contribution to the literature on race."—The Washington Post Book World

"Inspiring."—Glamour

"Vibrant."—The Boston Globe

"James McBride evokes his childhood trek across the great racial divide with the kind of power and grace that touches and uplifts all hearts."—Bebe Moore Campbell

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I very much enjoyed THE COLOR OF WATER, although I think Ruth McBride was more thrown into her situation through circumstance than through any emotional or decisive choice. Ruth went "over to the black side", as the author calls it, because that was where she found the only unconditional love and acceptance she'd ever known. Born of an extremely disfunctional family, with a cruel, abusive father and an ineffectual mother, Ruth's first boyfriend and most of her friends and neighbors were black. Ruth found emotional shelter in the black world in spite of the prejudice of the era and the difficulty surrounding her choice.
I enjoyed the alternating chapters, told from both the author's and Ruth's perspectives. However, I never felt I really knew Ruth, never learned why she had so many children, how she coped with their poverty, what toll the loss of her birth family had on her. And James' narrative felt incomplete at times, also. But the strength of this story stands on its own, and overcomes any dificiency in the telling. It's a unique life that is worth visiting.
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I am telling you, I frequently passed this book thinking it seemed like a ponderous, kind of off-putting title, or I don't know what, it just didn't seem like it would be much fun to read. But, of course, I thumbed through a little bit, and it was very catchy. Had to buy it. At various points, this book had me laughing... off, and it really moved me too in parts. It isn't a cliched sort of testament, or anything politically correct. I could relate to this book, even though I am not a black man in search of his white mother.I think a lot more people would enjoy this as well, if they gave it a chance.
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When I first picked up "The Color of Water", I never thought it would be such a moving story. In fact it is one of the most gripping and inspirational books I have read. I adore it. I read it over two years ago and still remember its first impact. The book is a combination of two profound stories coming from a white mother and her black son. It is actually about an Orthodox Jewish girl who emigrated from Poland with her family to Virginia and escapes the life she had ever known to New York, where she ended up marrying a black man and living in the black community. In all, she raises her twelve children from her two marriages and despite the odds against her and children successfully managed her family into a success story. Flawed but genuine, strong and committed she served as an inspiration for people in imperfect circumstances.
The author's voice is strong, captivating and authentic. His intelligent mind served as a perfect repertoire to make this book the compelling read that it is today. I read it again when I had finished, so as to get the complete feel of the book . This story is sweet, intimate and more. It can make you cry and still be strong. I strongly recommend this beautiful work.
Also recommended: DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, DREAMS FROM MY FATHER, EFURU
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"The Color of Water" by James McBride is a beautifully written and memorable tribute by a black man to his white Jewish mother. I was so touched by the story of Ruth McBride Jordan and her 12 black children. Ruth, born Rachel Shilsky, is the daughter of a failed Orthodox rabbi and his handicapped wife,growing up in the South. She was abused by her father and was deserted by her family when she fled to Harlem and married a black man. As a widow she raised her 12 children by herself. There was very little money and hard times. However, she always instilled in her family her strong faith in God and her powerful belief in the value of a good education. She guided them through college and graduate school to become professional and successful adults.James McBride is such a gifted writer and the story just flows. I especially enjoyed the format of the book (each chapter switching back and forth from the life of the mother to the life of the son). I am so thankful to the author for sharing his wonderful story and for introduing his fascinating mother who said it all when she told him that God is "The Color of Water". I recommend you read this book....You won't be disappointed..It's the BEST!
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WHERE CAN I START, THIS IS A VERY EXCELLENT BOOK. THIS LADY IS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF WHY TODAYS SOCIETY IS A MESS. UNDER THE WORST OF CONDITIONS SHE MANAGED TO PUT 12 CHILDREN INTO COLLEGE AND THEY ALL AMOUNTED TO BE SOMEONE. AT FIRST I DIDNT KNOW WHAT I REALLY WOULD GET OUT OF THIS BOOK? ALL I HAVE TO SAY TO SUM IT ALL UP IS. IF YOU THINK YOU ARE BAD OFF JUST READ THIS BOOK. AND YOU WILL SEE A GREAT AMOUNT OF COURAGE DIAPLAYED BY ONE WOMAN AND SHE WAS IN THE WORST PREDICEMENTS AND MADE THE BEST OF IT AND STILL STAYED HAPPY AS WELL. THE BEST FEW LINES IN THE BOOK IS AT THE END JAMES MC BRIDE SAYS IT BEST. AS HE SAYS "THROUGH MARRIAGE,ADOPTIONS, LOVE-INS, LIVE-INS AND SHACK UPS, THE ORIGANAL 12 HAS EXPANDED DOZENS MORE WIVES, HUSBANDS, CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, COUSINS, NIECES, NEPHEWS, RANGING FROM DARKED SKINNED TO LIGHT SKINNED FROM BLACK KINKY HAIR TO BLOND HAIR AND BLUE EYES. IN RUNNING FROM HER PAST, MOMMY HAS CREATED HER OWN NATION A RAINBOW COALITION THAT DECENDSON HER HOUSE EVERY CHRISTMAS AND THANKSGIVING AND SLEEPS EVERYWHERE ON THE FLOOR ON RUGS, IN SHIFTS; SLEEPING DOUBLE, TRIPLE TO A BED "TWO UP THREE DOWN," JUST LIKE OLD TIMES." THIS HERE SUMS UP THE WHOLE BOOK. ALTHOUGH THERE IS ALOT OF GOOD STUFF I LEFT OUT SO DONT HESITATE. _BUY THIS BOOK TODAY ____________________
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