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Fire Shut Up in My Bones par [Blow, Charles M.]
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Revue de presse

"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a luminous memoir that digs deep into territory I've longed to read about in black men's writing: into the horror of being submerged in a vast drowning swirl of racial, spiritual, and sexual complexity, only to somehow find one's self afloat, though gasping for breath, and then, at long last and at great cost, swimming. I believe both Ancestors and Descendants will cheer."
ALICE WALKER

"Some truths cannot be taught, only learned through stories - profoundly personal and startlingly honest accounts that open not only our eyes but also our hearts to painful and complicated social realities. Charles Blow's memoir tells these kinds of truths. No one who reads this book will be able to forget it. It lays bare in so many ways what is beautiful, cruel, hopeful and despairing about race, gender, class and sexuality in the American South and our nation as a whole. This book is more than a personal triumph; it is a true gift to us all."
MICHELLE ALEXANDER, author of The New Jim Crow

"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a profoundly moving memoir of Charles Blow's coming of age as a black boy in the Deep South; of the way his sensitive and gifted intelligence slowly begins to kindle, becoming ablaze with wonder at the world and his place in it. Above all, this is the story of a courageously honest man arriving at his decision to 'stop running like the river . . . and just be the ocean, vast, deep, and exactly where it was always meant to be.' Blow has written a classic memoir of a truly American childhood."
HENRY LOUIS GATES

Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a heart-stopping memoir: a portrait of the artist—the exceptionally talented columnist Charles Blow—that also puts a searing face on all sorts of abstractions, like poverty, race, sexuality, and a human persistence sometimes known as courage. So particular yet gracefully timeless is this evocation of childhood that I sometimes felt as if I were reading an update of To Kill a Mockingbird, in which the poor, black protagonist’s moral education destines him to endure, and prevail.”
DIANE McWHORTER, author of  Carry Me Home

"Page by elegant page, Charles Blow has constructed an eloquent and courageous memoir that explains why black and white is never just that—whether it comes to race or the rich, conflicted stew of childhood memory."
GWEN IFILL, moderator, Washington Week, and co-anchor, PBS NewsHour

"Brave and powerful . . . a singular look at a neglected America."
Publishers Weekly


"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a luminous memoir that digs deep into territory I've longed to read about in black men's writing: into the horror of being submerged in a vast drowning swirl of racial, spiritual, and sexual complexity, only to somehow find one's self afloat, though gasping for breath, and then, at long last and at great cost, swimming. I believe both Ancestors and Descendants will cheer." —ALICE WALKER

"Some truths cannot be taught, only learned through stories - profoundly personal and startlingly honest accounts that open not only our eyes but also our hearts to painful and complicated social realities. Charles Blow's memoir tells these kinds of truths. No one who reads this book will be able to forget it. It lays bare in so many ways what is beautiful, cruel, hopeful and despairing about race, gender, class and sexuality in the American South and our nation as a whole. This book is more than a personal triumph; it is a true gift to us all." —MICHELLE ALEXANDER, author of The New Jim Crow

"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a profoundly moving memoir of Charles Blow's coming of age as a black boy in the Deep South; of the way his sensitive and gifted intelligence slowly begins to kindle, becoming ablaze with wonder at the world and his place in it. Above all, this is the story of a courageously honest man arriving at his decision to 'stop running like the river . . . and just be the ocean, vast, deep, and exactly where it was always meant to be.' Blow has written a classic memoir of a truly American childhood." —HENRY LOUIS GATES

"Page by elegant page, Charles Blow has constructed an eloquent and courageous memoir that explains why black and white is never just that -- whether it comes to race or the rich, conflicted stew of childhood memory." —GWEN IFILL, moderator, Washington Week, and co-anchor, PBS NewsHour


"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a luminous memoir that digs deep into territory I've longed to read about in black men's writing: into the horror of being submerged in a vast drowning swirl of racial, spiritual, and sexual complexity, only to somehow find one's self afloat, though gasping for breath, and then, at long last and at great cost, swimming. I believe both Ancestors and Descendants will cheer."
ALICE WALKER

"Some truths cannot be taught, only learned through stories - profoundly personal and startlingly honest accounts that open not only our eyes but also our hearts to painful and complicated social realities. Charles Blow's memoir tells these kinds of truths. No one who reads this book will be able to forget it. It lays bare in so many ways what is beautiful, cruel, hopeful and despairing about race, gender, class and sexuality in the American South and our nation as a whole. This book is more than a personal triumph; it is a true gift to us all."
MICHELLE ALEXANDER, author of The New Jim Crow

"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a profoundly moving memoir of Charles Blow's coming of age as a black boy in the Deep South; of the way his sensitive and gifted intelligence slowly begins to kindle, becoming ablaze with wonder at the world and his place in it. Above all, this is the story of a courageously honest man arriving at his decision to 'stop running like the river . . . and just be the ocean, vast, deep, and exactly where it was always meant to be.' Blow has written a classic memoir of a truly American childhood."
HENRY LOUIS GATES

"Page by elegant page, Charles Blow has constructed an eloquent and courageous memoir that explains why black and white is never just that—whether it comes to race or the rich, conflicted stew of childhood memory."
GWEN IFILL, moderator, Washington Week, and co-anchor, PBS NewsHour

"Brave and powerful . . . a singular look at a neglected America."
Publishers Weekly


Charles Blow named 11th most influential African American in the world by The Root magazine.


"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a luminous memoir that digs deep into territory I've longed to read about in black men's writing: into the horror of being submerged in a vast drowning swirl of racial, spiritual, and sexual complexity, only to somehow find one's self afloat, though gasping for breath, and then, at long last and at great cost, swimming. I believe both Ancestors and Descendants will cheer." --ALICE WALKER

"Some truths cannot be taught, only learned through stories - profoundly personal and startlingly honest accounts that open not only our eyes but also our hearts to painful and complicated social realities. Charles Blow's memoir tells these kinds of truths. No one who reads this book will be able to forget it. It lays bare in so many ways what is beautiful, cruel, hopeful and despairing about race, gender, class and sexuality in the American South and our nation as a whole. This book is more than a personal triumph; it is a true gift to us all." -- MICHELLE ALEXANDER, author of The New Jim Crow

"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a profoundly moving memoir of Charles Blow's coming of age as a black boy in the Deep South; of the way his sensitive and gifted intelligence slowly begins to kindle, becoming ablaze with wonder at the world and his place in it. Above all, this is the story of a courageously honest man arriving at his decision to 'stop running like the river . . . and just be the ocean, vast, deep, and exactly where it was always meant to be.' Blow has written a classic memoir of a truly American childhood." --HENRY LOUIS GATES


"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a luminous memoir that digs deep into territory I've longed to read about in black men's writing: into the horror of being submerged in a vast drowning swirl of racial, spiritual, and sexual complexity, only to somehow find one's self afloat, though gasping for breath, and then, at long last and at great cost, swimming. I believe both Ancestors and Descendants will cheer."
ALICE WALKER

"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a heart-stopping memoir: a portrait of the artist—the exceptionally talented columnist Charles Blow—that also puts a searing face on all sorts of abstractions, like poverty, race, sexuality, and a human persistence sometimes known as courage. So particular yet gracefully timeless is this evocation of childhood that I sometimes felt as if I were reading an update of To Kill a Mockingbird, in which the poor, black protagonist’s moral education destines him to endure, and prevail."
DIANE MCWHORTER

"Some truths cannot be taught, only learned through stories - profoundly personal and startlingly honest accounts that open not only our eyes but also our hearts to painful and complicated social realities. Charles Blow's memoir tells these kinds of truths. No one who reads this book will be able to forget it. It lays bare in so many ways what is beautiful, cruel, hopeful and despairing about race, gender, class and sexuality in the American South and our nation as a whole. This book is more than a personal triumph; it is a true gift to us all."
MICHELLE ALEXANDER, author of The New Jim Crow

"Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a profoundly moving memoir of Charles Blow's coming of age as a black boy in the Deep South; of the way his sensitive and gifted intelligence slowly begins to kindle, becoming ablaze with wonder at the world and his place in it. Above all, this is the story of a courageously honest man arriving at his decision to 'stop running like the river . . . and just be the ocean, vast, deep, and exactly where it was always meant to be.' Blow has written a classic memoir of a truly American childhood."
HENRY LOUIS GATES

Fire Shut Up in My Bones is a heart-stopping memoir: a portrait of the artist—the exceptionally talented columnist Charles Blow—that also puts a searing face on all sorts of abstractions, like poverty, race, sexuality, and a human persistence sometimes known as courage. So particular yet gracefully timeless is this evocation of childhood that I sometimes felt as if I were reading an update of To Kill a Mockingbird, in which the poor, black protagonist’s moral education destines him to endure, and prevail.”
DIANE McWHORTER, author of  Carry Me Home

"Page by elegant page, Charles Blow has constructed an eloquent and courageous memoir that explains why black and white is never just that—whether it comes to race or the rich, conflicted stew of childhood memory."
GWEN IFILL, moderator, Washington Week, and co-anchor, PBS NewsHour

"Brave and powerful . . . a singular look at a neglected America."
Publishers Weekly


Charles Blow named 11th most influential African American in the world by The Root magazine
FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES is a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

Présentation de l'éditeur

A gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America's most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up -- a place where slavery's legacy felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders' stories and in the near-constant wash of violence.
Blow's attachment to his mother -- a fiercely driven woman with five sons, brass knuckles in her glove box, a job plucking poultry at a nearby factory, a soon-to-be-ex husband, and a love of newspapers and learning -- cannot protect him from secret abuse at the hands of an older cousin. It's damage that triggers years of anger and searing self-questioning.
Finally, Blow escapes to a nearby state university, where he joins a black fraternity after a passage of brutal hazing, and then enters a world of racial and sexual privilege that feels like everything he's ever needed and wanted, until he's called upon, himself, to become the one perpetuating the shocking abuse.
A powerfully redemptive memoir that both fits the tradition of African-American storytelling from the South, and gives it an indelible new slant.

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HASH(0x96c8bb88) étoiles sur 5 Without sentimentality or melodrama, a powerful book of a young man's tough climb 28 août 2014
Par Nathan Webster - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
A memoir's job is to bring the lifestyle, upbringing and choices made by the author into stark focus for unfamiliar readers. Without melodrama or sentimentality, Charles Blow's memoir succeeds - working as an anti-nostalgic look at the 1970s, and a look at how events in our youth make us the adults we become.

I read this book because of, not despite, a few negative reviews. I think those readers expected the light, maudlin nature that many memoirs fall victim to. I understand the desire for levity and laughs, but not all stories can contain them. Here, Blow gives a tour through Louisiana not-quite-full-poverty, with a family struggling along. It's hard and isolating, and when the young Blow is targeted by a predatory cousin, it's not funny at all.

What I appreciated most was Blow's blunt, honest tone - he doesn't rely on frilly adjectives to try to force meaning, but lets the events do the job. His newspaper background is clearly the root of his strong writing. One of my peeves is melodrama, and I didn't find much of that here (except the first few pages, actually). Lots of dramatic events, but I never felt I was being preached to (except the very ending, but that works as a powerful conclusion). Even during the most brutal accounts of his fraternity hazing, he doesn't make any false stretches for overwrought "I felt my childhood fading away" conclusions. The scenes make the point all by themselves.

Here's an example of what I mean. A lesser writer would have overwritten this until it lost all effect (though it may lack impact out of context): "All I knew was that in my heart, in my bones, I no longer believed. I figured that she had probably placed a safe bet after a bad one, and maybe after the fact she had thought better of it." When you read the scene I hope you agree with me that that is plenty - that all the hard emotion of the moment is captured perfectly.

His mother is a great "character," but she's not perfect, that's for sure. And obviously the fact that she was unaware of the abuse directed at her son is a tragedy. One thing that makes me uncomfortable is Blow's suggestion that his abuse may have led to his own adult questions of his sexuality. I personally do not believe homosexuality works that way, and I don't like the suggestion that any gay person can "turn" someone that way. But - those are his own personal questions based on this bad experience. It's not supposed to make a reader feel good - it was abuse!

I have no idea if it was deliberate, but the fraternity scenes had a "Invisible Son" vibe and a throwback to the infamous battle-royal scene in that book. But 1980s fraternity hazing was brutal for all colors, so I'm likely externalizing from one of the few other books about the "black experience" that I've read. And while the hazing is bad, it's not horrible - I was actually more surprised that the Grambling community wasn't as "all in it together" as I guess I expected.

This is a book about the African-American experience in the 1970s-80s culture. So if anyone calls it a "racially-oriented book" you might as well call books by 20-something white kids in New York City "racial books." It's a culture of people in a part of the United States that different audiences will have little knowledge about, thus the value of nonfiction accounts (I was in the Army in Georgia in 1987, and as a young northerner, the entire place was/is culturally bizarre to me).

Bottom line - I know a book is strong when I start reading, blink, and 50 pages have gone by. It's a powerful story - not for the faint of heart, maybe, but a good look at the choices we all make and how we all navigate our own rough water.
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HASH(0x96c8f7bc) étoiles sur 5 It is as exquisitely beautiful as it is devastatingly raw in certain places 23 septembre 2014
Par Rima Regas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
What a glorious memoir! It is as exquisitely beautiful as it is devastatingly raw in certain places. The vivid picture of life as it is lived in the rural south as painted by Mr. Blow is one that readers will at once recognize as universal and familiar in certain aspects, but also see as very distinct and unique in others.

Those among us who, like Mr. Blow, were victimized as children, are certain to identify with the devastating trials and tribulations that follow sexual abuse. Charles methodically takes us through the stages of self-blame, shame, anger and social withdrawal. But then, Charles' unique combination of gifts, in the form of precocious wisdom, intellectual curiosity, and the drive to apply lessons learned pull him through life experiences that have devastated many a child. The reader is guided from stage to stage in Mr. Blow's path to self-discovery and healing.

My first reading focused on the sexual abuse and hazing. The second reading was for the pure joy of Mr. Blow's exquisite writing, the vivid scenery and rich cultural tapestry of a Deep South I just didn't know.

I will read this book at least twice more.

As a long time fan of Mr. Blow's work at The New York Times, I've always appreciated his very nuanced approach to race.and race relations and wondered about his experience as a person of color. His first person account on race relations in this memoir gives the reader a full appreciation of Mr. Blow's thoughtful nature, innate sense of fairness and generosity of spirit, as well as a very honest look at how segregation is practiced.

I will read again for the purpose of discussing this book with my teen. We are reading Mr. Blow's memoir as a family and plan on discussing it as a family. We feel that, while difficult topics, sexual abuse and hazing are necessary topics of conversation with one's older teen in preparation for college and life in general.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who was abused, in any fashion. It will be helpful to victims and their partners, whether the abuse is fresh in their history, or an old wound.

I am hopeful that this memoir will be especially helpful to parents. Why parents? Because, as is Mr. Blow's way, he will undoubtedly cause many of us to think more deeply about the way in which, as a society, we box our children into gender identification, roles, social taboos, right from the start, with assumptions about our children that none of us can or should make. We should not assume that, because a child is born a boy or girl, that they will follow along any particular path. We need to be more thoughtful and allow them to develop into the men and women they will eventually be, without added burdens or biases.

Thank you, Charles for your courage and generosity in writing this memoir. What a beautiful man you are!
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HASH(0x96c8f8e8) étoiles sur 5 Charles M. Blow's FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES Reminds Us of the Importance of Walking In Our Own Truth 3 septembre 2014
Par Cyrus Webb - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
I've always respected Charles Blow for being able to give us a different perspective of the world through his columns and television commentaries, but after reading his book FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES I have respect for him just being himself.

All great things have a beginning, and for Charles his family and his faith played amazing roles in his life. He chronicles how he was able to not just channel his gifts (drawing and basketball) but use them to better understand who he was and to find what he wanted in life. There were struggles that he faced as we all do growing up, but using his understanding of scripture he tried to find his way--and that in itself caused its own misadventures.

I think what most people will get from FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES is the realization and the importance of always walking in your own truth, regardless what we think others might think or say. For Charles I think that discovery has led him to be as bold as he is today in sharing his thoughts. He realizes that we are a whole being, and that no one thing should be what we judge ourselves by or judge anyone by.The important thing is to believe in oneself.

Definitely a book that speaks to how greatness is grown and cultivated, Blow's memoir is a great example of what all of us can accomplish when we choose to trust ourselves.
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HASH(0x96c8fb10) étoiles sur 5 Powerful And Inspiring Memoir 4 septembre 2014
Par Wilhelmina Zeitgeist - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
"Fire Shut Up in My Bones" by Charles M. Blow is a memoir of a painful childhood filled abuse, racial hatred, scenes and stories of the old South, a fear of white men so strong he had a fear of Santa Claus, and brutal fraternity hazing Blow emerges as a re-invention of himself. This is a memoir filled with strong images told with lyrical, emotion filled prose. The words flow with a distinct rhythm that echoed the author's troubled life and profound transformation.

A story of pain and trauma but also a story of hope, dreams, choices, and chances. This is a story of a life in which a boy was reduced to ash. Then like a Phoenix, he rose from those ashes as a strong man with a powerful voice.

A powerful and inspiring memoir that will not be forgotten.
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HASH(0x96c8f990) étoiles sur 5 Honest but not essential 30 septembre 2014
Par E. A. Montgomery - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
I was having a terrible time with this review until another reviewer pointed out what the issue is - it's empathy. Fire Shut Up In My Bones is a compellingly written memoir of a difficult life. To truly enjoy it the reader must feel, as the narrator does, that he is somehow of higher value than those around him. When Blow is molested, it's a crime with life long consequences. When he hears an audio cassette of a young girl being gang raped it's a "sex tape." If he means to convey the horror of sexual abuse against all genders by including it he only partially succeeds. His answer to hearing this tape is to escape, to stop interacting with those who presented it to him. He does this not because of the tape, but because of witnessing an accidental death.

A step too late is a theme of Blow's book. He recognizes great wrongs not while they are occurring, but when they have passed him by. His moral stands are largely retroactive. It's to his credit that he acknowledges and owns this. James Baldwin (an obvious hero of Blow's) had a way of depicting horrific circumstances in a way that made you sympathetic to each person involved. You could place yourself in any pair of shoes. Blow asks the reader to sympathize only with himself, he sees himself as uniquely driven or positioned. He may be correct, but as a reader it's hard to always agree.

Blow's attitude toward women is confusing. He seems to resent them as much as he desires them. They are both proof of his worth and an obstacle to his sexual identity. In a passage about his future wife, he resents her for not remembering a brief encounter they had. He vows to hold a grudge. When she expresses interest in him he is reluctant to believe it, giving her negative motivations not in evidence. She has a boyfriend, why is she being friendly? He allows himself to be her side piece while simultaneously blaming her for wanting him to be one. He feels only women with "daddy-Issues" are attracted to him.

If you come from a different world than Blow this book will be a revelation, a window into a reality you haven't imagined. If you're a child of abuse, much will be familiar and universal. His writing is sparse and easy, comfortable to lead the reader to the intended destination. His depictions of rural southern life are accurate to my memories of a similar time period. His struggle to accept who he is, ethnically, sexually and socially, is told without disguising his emotions or his shortcomings. I hovered between three and four stars but in the end went with three because of the empathy issue. Blow feels the most for himself and I felt for everyone.
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