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Brothers and Keepers: A Memoir (Anglais) Broché – 26 janvier 2005

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A haunting portrait of lives arriving at different destinies, Brothers and Keepers is John Edgar Wideman’s seminal memoir about two brothers — one an award-winning novelist, the other a fugitive wanted for robbery and murder. Wideman recalls the capture of his younger brother Robby, details the subsequent trials that resulted in a sentence of life in prison, and provides vivid views of the American prison system.
A gripping, unsettling account, Brothers and Keepers weighs the bonds of blood, tenderness, and guilt that connect Wideman to his brother and measures the distance that lies between them.

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Ce n'est pas le meilleur de Wideman mais il est très intéressant. On comprend mieux cette relation qui le hante, ce désespoir et sa culpabilité et l'homme noir américain blessé, toujours blessé. Un très bon style, ce qui fait du bien, mais qui n'est pas épuré, comme une litanie, il vous entraine vers la violence et l'injustice, les mots sont une arme.
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Pas évident au début d'y accrocher il faut s'y tenir ! au final c'est bien pour la pratique de l'anglais !
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HASH(0x8effc7bc) étoiles sur 5 A compelling biographic memoir 6 août 2001
Par C. Dondiego - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
John Edgar Wideman's brilliant prose breaks through the humdrum of standard biographies and presents readers with a combination of family memoir, true crime narrative, and a scathing indictment of the "justice" system. His own learned, scholarly discourse and his brother's street dialect alternate throughout to give readers a dual perspective of family, culture, and society.
Wideman neither lionizes nor blames his brother, Robert, but not so ironically, he recognizes in his little brother the true modern day romantic: the chance-taker, the rebel with a cause, and the convict who retains his dignity through loss and ordeal.
Nevertheless, I would not undermine or degrade Wideman's book by calling it "uplifting" or "inspirational." There are enough canned chicken-soup books for those who prefer spoonfeeding to hard realism and true brotherly love.
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HASH(0x8efc1e10) étoiles sur 5 Too many techniques distract from the story 17 février 2003
Par John Hartnett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I started this book really wanting to like it. From the jacket blurbs it looked like a book right up my alley (creative non-fiction.) Brothers&Keepers seemed like a book where the author had stretched the limits of creative nonfiction -- brought in different perspectives, used different voices, used different narrators. Overall, for me though, the book did not work. Ironically, I don't like the book for the very reason I was attracted to it. I think he went to far in adding new techniques and tricks at the expense of the story I thought he was trying to tell.
Wideman covers just about every possible combination of voice, tense, point of view, and narration. One of the old "rules" of fiction was to keep POV changes to a minimum. This is supposed to help the reader identify with a character and not have to reorient himself or herself and thus "fall out of the story." Likewise, the rules of writing discourage tense changes, hoping to keep a supple continuum going in the reader's mind. But in this book, Wideman wanders all over the place, sometimes shifting three or four times within the same page. (see page 8). Although I admire Wideman for trying this, for me as a reader, breaking the rules had exactly the effect the rulemakers fear -- I fell out of the story and became confused, disoriented, and disinterested.
But If You Must Do It, DO It.
To compound this problem, Wideman makes one more mistake in shifting realities. He doesn't keep it up. The first chapter of the book makes it seem as though we are going to get a heck of a ride, running all over the place looking for the truth. But in the last two sections, Wideman seems to fall into a reporter's notebook and never come out. Granted we do get to see Robby's words both printed and spoken, but the mishmash of thought, opinion, different tenses and voices is much quieter as the book drones on.
Many times it felt like he was showing off the fact that he was breaking the rules, rather than breaking the rules in order to tell a story that could not be told any other way. This may be because he is an academic, a professor who discusses the structure of literature all day long. He might feel a certain obligation to approach his writing from a litcrit perspective and deliberately do things in his writing that would make for good English papers.
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HASH(0x8efb7354) étoiles sur 5 Not Wideman's Best Work, But Still Interesting 4 avril 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Perhaps Wideman should have let his brother Robby tell more of his own story because John's rants about the injustice of prisons wears thin quickly. Robby Wideman comes out as honest through his words, but neither Wideman seems to think Robby's crime was really not that important of a matter. I do not understand this, but every person is entitled to their own thoughts. An encouraging aspect of this book relates to the progress Robby makes in becoming a more genuine person. This is often a frustrating book, but it is still engaging in many passages.
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HASH(0x8efc1e1c) étoiles sur 5 Decent Memoir 19 janvier 2007
Par Rob6965 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
John Edgar Wideman has composed an interesting take of two lives gone wrong in his memoir, "Brothers and Keepers". In the memoir, Wideman explores the causes and consequences of his brother's life sentence in jail for murder. Wideman speaks his mind about the whole affair, but also lets his brother do his fair share of the talking through a series of interviews the two shared in the prison visiting room. Though the basic goal of the memoir is to determine how two brothers followed such radically different paths, it delves into the broader topic of African-American men and society.

Even though it overall is a great experience, two problems I had with the novel was its lack of structure and Wideman's tendency to rant. It seems that Wideman tends to build up a subplot, but then just as suddenly dashes away to discuss something new. This makes the book difficult to read more than a few pages at a time. As for the ranting, it's like Wideman tries to use the text as a way to vent his frustrations about racism in America. His whining can get excruciatingly annoying. But, despite these problems, "Brothers and Keepers" is an excellent look into the lives of two African-American men, while reflecting on the role of the African-American race as a whole.
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HASH(0x8efff030) étoiles sur 5 powerful book on guilt of success and pain of failure 12 avril 1997
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
John Edgar Wideman describes his own success having come from poverty to playing basketball for UPenn, a Rhodes scholarship, and becoming a successful professor and writer with that of his brother who descends into drugs and crime and ultimately doing life for murder. Wideman writes in his own voice and that of his brother to create a powerful essay on success, failure, crime, punishment, and family
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