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Precious (Push Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries) (utgåvan 2009)

av Sapphire (Författare)

Serier: Precious (1)

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A self-portrait of a black teenage girl, big, fat, unloved, with a father who rapes her and a jealous mother who screams abuse. For Precious, as she is called, hope appears when a courageous teacher, a young black woman, bullies, cajoles and inspires her to learn to read. By the author of American Dreams.… (mer)
Medlem:saeaq
Titel:Precious (Push Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage Contemporaries)
Författare:Sapphire (Författare)
Info:Vintage (2009), Edition: Reprint, 192 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Precious : en roman av Sapphire

  1. 50
    Purpurfärgen av Alice Walker (Anonym användare, sruszala)
  2. 10
    De blåaste ögonen : [roman] av Toni Morrison (greytone)
    greytone: These books are similar because the protagonists begin their journey in the most dire of circumstances and the novels are the debut novels for the authors. Their stories end very differently, however; one triumphantly, the other tragically.
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    The Children and the Wolves av Adam Rapp (kaledrina)
  4. 01
    Cashay av Margaret McMullan (meggyweg)
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This book was so very hard to read. I can't tell you how many times I teared up while reading this. This is about a teenage girl named Precious Jones who has been mentally, physically, and sexually abused her whole life by both her father and her mother and gets pregnant not once but twice by her own father. She is illiterate as well, but wants desperately wants to learn and to make a better life for herself and with the help of an amazingly caring teacher, she learns how to write and so much more. It really is such an emotional story! I give this 4.5 stars. ( )
  Completely_Melanie | Sep 10, 2021 |
This is a super hard book for me to review....
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First of all, it has every trigger warning you could imagine... Rape, domestic abuse, child abuse, incest, racism, homophobia, murder, self harm, suicidal thoughts, drug use, graphic violence, shame over body image... And the list goes on.
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This was some serious Misery Porn. And by that I mean everything bad that could happen pretty much did. Things are looking up? Kick you in the gut again. Does the book have a hopeful ending? Yes, but wrought with anxiety for the future. This book does not let up.
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It's hard to imagine that people like Precious exist, and yet they do. People who have been abused, raped, had their childhoods taken from them... whose families, schools, communities, and government fail them... who struggle, often in vain, to find a glimmer of love and hope. People who grapple with terrible, traumatic memories that overtake their mind and leave them disconnected from the world. And the fact of the matter is, a disproportionate amount of these people are Black. The system is against them. We need to change it.
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This book was so gut wrenching. I rooted so hard for Precious, and I did like seeing her learn and grow. But holy moly was it rough.
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**This is a book to consider for those who wish to diversify their reading list, with the caveat of doing so at your own discretion due to its graphic content** ( )
  MCocuzzo2 | Aug 9, 2020 |
There is so much to say about this short book but others have said it so much better. My copy was an audiobook and at the beginning I thought it would end up in the "unfinished" category because the profane language was so hard to listen to and I barely understood the patois in between the swearing. But I stayed with it and was glad in the end to find that the life, language and communication skills of this abused child was to improve as the book progressed. The story was similar to Flowers for Algernon but without the experimental drug that Charlie was given. Instead, Precious' life was helped along because she was fortunate to meet an effective and understanding teacher, confirming the value not only of education but of compassion.

Sapphire, a "performance poet", has written a remarkable story and I will always remember Precious. However, I have to add that it may not be to everyone's taste. ( )
  VivienneR | Jul 22, 2020 |
I read this book in one night. It's fantastic. The protagonist is an illiterate teenage girl from an abusive family, twice pregnant by her own father, and about to be kicked out of school.

She transfers to an alternative school where the other kids in her class have also suffered abuse and also have low levels of literacy. Here, she finds, she doesn't have to hide. Her life isn't incomprehensible to the other kids and the teachers here. They aren't afraid of her. They don't think she's worthless.

It's the first time in her life anyone has told her that a life like hers, a body like hers, a mind like hers has any value at all. Her teacher encourages her to keep a journal, even though she barely knows her letters. This takes her on a journey of self-acceptance and growth as she learns to read and begins processing the trauma she has endured.

MANY similarities to Alice Walker's The Color Purple. The author's voice is believable, and the illiterate, first-person writing style wasn't annoying at all - it was very impactful. ( )
  originalslicey | Feb 26, 2020 |
Phenomenally well written and tragic. The language is simple and evocative, illustrating no more and no less than the narrators particularly horrific circumstances without unnecessary exposition. This book doesn't need to be more than it is. If you are waiting for the happy ending, don't bother even picking the book up. The only spark of light in this otherwise emotional midnight is the narrators own refusal to burn out. Keep a box of kleenex handy and be aware this whole book is one big trigger warning. ( )
  birthsister | Jan 27, 2020 |
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What do you get if you borrow the notion of an idiosyncratic teen-age narrator from J. D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye" and mix it up with the feminist sentimentality and anger of Alice Walker's "Color Purple"? The answer is "Push," a much-talked-about first novel by a poet named Sapphire, a novel that manages to be disturbing, affecting and manipulative all at the same time.
 

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If thou be one whose heart the holy forms
Of young imagination have kept pure,
Stranger! henceforth he warned; and knew, that pride,
Howe'er disguised in its own majesty,
Is littleness; that he who feels contempt
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A self-portrait of a black teenage girl, big, fat, unloved, with a father who rapes her and a jealous mother who screams abuse. For Precious, as she is called, hope appears when a courageous teacher, a young black woman, bullies, cajoles and inspires her to learn to read. By the author of American Dreams.

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