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The Gilda Stories (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Juni 1991

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Over a two hundred year period Gilda witnesses the evils of slavery and racism in North and South America.

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I've tried loaning this book to four different people. None of them seem interested in it until
I start giving away what I consider to be the good bits. You've been warned.

Gomez writes feminist vampires and portrays a
kinder, gentler vampirism than I'm used to. They have small clan-like societies based on philosophy of life rather than ability. The
act of drinking blood isn't a near-rape for one clan, but a "sharing." These vampires leave hopes, dreams and inspiration to the random people upon whom they feed. Rather than murder, Gilda herself may have saved a life through her hunger.

The book follows Gilda from the late 1800's through to the early 2000's. It also follows her small cell of vampire family from a time when they were the stuff of legend to their exposure.

This is a fine book. It's the first I've read that actually uses the idea of running water as a problem for vampires, or the passing on of a name and legend from one vampire to the other. Gomez's writing is clear and somewhat poetic, and her ideas are sweet enough to even make the legendary bloodsucking demons of the night seem like kind, gentle, neighborly folk. Please read it.
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Definitely kinder, gentler vampires than vampire fans may be used to, and that's a wonderful recommendation in itself. In addition, the politics of race, gender, class, and sexuality abound. Black women's communities, women and work, lesbianism and women's friendships, black activism, and vampire subculture-as-gay/lesbian subculture are all parts of the impressive multicultural politics of this book. It's a great read, as well. My only critique is of what I consider its ultimate political statement as the novel ends: "family is the most important thing" (over work, politics, etc.). Though the novel redefines family in progressive ways, the emphasis on family is still a tad too conservative for me. However, this may also be a reflection of my personal jewish (middle-class) feminist politics meeting a form of black feminist politics and colliding a bit based upon race and class difference. Buy this compelling and important book and read it, then judge for yourself.
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This book delves into the mysteries of life, including love, romance, loss of love, and death. It's a very compelling novel that looks into how women think and feel about others. I promise you won't be putting this one down easily!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Along with "Fledgling" by Ocatavia Butler, one of the ... 15. September 2014
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Along with "Fledgling" by Ocatavia Butler, one of the most imaginative take on vampires to come along. The gothic sexual vampire is extended to lesbian sexuality, and a history that begins in the Deep South of Civil War times. Fascinating characters and vivid places, survival rather than angst. These are real vampires, with complex histories, emotions, and life-ways, not the zombi "vampires" of The Strain.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen There is a reason this is a classic 27. Juni 2012
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Jewelle Gomez's book is considered a classic in lesbian literature and the nice thing about classics is that they can be discovered by other people long after they are published. Gomez recently announced that she's working on another volume of stories about Gilda, so reviewing the first book seems especially appropriate now. It would be simple to say that this is a vampire novel, but it goes beyond that. During her travels, Gilda witnesses the rise of African American culture, the civil rights movement and feminism. She also deals with sexuality, racism and environmental issues.

Gomez created a different type of vampire, especially for the time when this book was written. Most of these vampires don't kill humans unless forced to do so and the act of taking blood is portrayed as a mutually beneficial exchange. Gilda is taught to look into people's thoughts and find something that is important to them; then she is to leave them with the belief that they can achieve it. Gomez relies on some of the vampire myths, but the purpose of this book isn't to be horror fiction. The motif of the vampire gives her the ability to take her character through time and observe the changes that take place.

Gilda's story is one of being the ultimate "outsider." As a black female lesbian vampire she's about as outside as a character can be. She lives in the times that are examined, but she's also not part of those times. It gives her a unique perspective as she examines humans in their development, especially the areas where they have failed to improve. This is a conflicted character, but coming from four minorities makes this seem natural. What she does do is gain strength over time and that reflects the changes that have occurred in American society.

The most speculative chapter is the last one which takes Gilda into an almost apocalyptic 2050. What is most interesting is that Gomez had to guess twenty years ago where the world would be in approximately sixty years due to environmental degradation. What is sad is that, as the earth has moved closer to that date, her predictions have become more accurate. Gilda ends the book as she started it, being hunted, but she also ends it with hope and love.

The Gilda Stories can appeal to a wide range of readers. The story moves along very smoothly and is very informative. Vampire lovers, feminists, lesbians and African Americans will all find something in this book. That's why it's a classic.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Gilda Stories 26. April 2013
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Great book; much better than I ever thought it would be when I began reading it. It hooks you immediately and holds onto you to the end.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen and when I heard "lesbian vampires" I was expecting something campy and funny. Instead 8. Februar 2015
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Wow. This is one of the most striking books I've ever read. I read this for a Lesbian Literature class, and when I heard "lesbian vampires" I was expecting something campy and funny. Instead, this turned out to be an extremely well-crafted and complex novel. These are vampires like you've never seen before. The main character, a former slave turned vampire, tells her story of a very long life in a beautiful narrative. This book is moving, sad, and exciting all at once- I highly recommend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Five Stars 15. Januar 2015
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