Colored People: A Memoir (Anglais) Broché – 11 avril 1995
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"[Colored People] may well become a classic of American memoir."--The Boston Globe
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A winner of the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Award and the Lillian Smith Prize, Colored People is a pungent and poignant masterpiece of recollection, a work that extends and deepens our sense of African American history even as it entrances us with its bravura storytelling
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Le tout est raconté dans un style interessant mais tout est à la façon de "souvenirs' un peu dans le désordre et sans logique particulière.
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On the other hand, this memories that Gates shares can also be effective in order to add to the topic of what he is talking about. In one chapter, Gates describes what his freshman college experience was like. A professor, Duke Whitemore, had an enticing way to teach as explained by Gates: "[Professor Whitemore] would recite a passage from a poem or play, then demand that we tell him, rapid-fire, its source.
"King Lear," I responded one day.
"What act, what scene, Mr. Gates?" he demanded.
"Act Three, Scene Four," I should out blindly, not having the faintest clue as to whether the passage that he had recited was from Hamlet or the Book Job" (193).
This memory is effective because Gates puts such an emphasis on how influential this professor was. Here, the reader sees just how he influenced Gates. This spontaneity showed Gates that a literature profession could be just as intriguing as a doctor, which ultimately impacted his life because he became a novelist and professor as well.
As each book is a journey, and as a result you come away from each page a changed person and when the journey is complete, you are different, you are changed.
In all there was much in this book, a very short one I might add, was quite enjoyable and refreshing to read. In some ways this book is no linear, meaning it did not start exactly when the writer was born, it started somewhere a little after the fact and jumped around through his life as if going through a series of flash backs, he gently describes the change of life for a very small town and its inhabitants adeptly, the relationship he has with several of his friends is special, I especially enjoyed how he relates his growing apart from a girl that he went to school with, how they were in a manner of speaking friendly rivals, how similar that they were and still very different, and how they got on famously until she was taught that she should not have that kind of relationship with a black male. This was a story that reflected what many of us take for granted, however when the author does relate how he started in an integrated school, how his father came to finally purchase a house with the assistance of him and his older brother, how he was not really any good at sports, but he later adapted and found something that was equally important to the sports world in order to be closer to his father and older brother. There was a little bit of talk about Marcus Garvey, the record store that they would frequent. There were many, many other instances in which Louis Gates became he, the person that he has become today, from the range of reading material, the suggestion that he change the difficulty level in what he was reading and it changed him as a person. To his religious upbringing, if you think about it, almost all people of African descent attended church, at least while they were young, it's in our DNA. I would highly recommend this book to everyone
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