- Taschenbuch: 256 Seiten
- Verlag: Firebrand Books,U.S. (Juni 1991)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 093237994X
- ISBN-13: 978-0932379948
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,6 x 14 x 1,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.728.005 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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.
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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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.