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    I am so glad I challenged myself to read a classic a month this year I'm always adding so many new books to my TBR list that I never get around to looking for some of the gaps in the classics Had I not decided to

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    Jubilee is the African American counterpart to Gone with the Wind But it is than that as it is based on the actual story of Margaret Walker's great grandmother Margaret Duggans Ware Brown Walker grew up listening

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    Completely heart wrenching I am still so much under the effect of this book that I can hardly verbalize what makes it so powerfulThe heroine Vyry is one of those who stays with you forever I feel like I lived through all of

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    Robin Miles a graduate of the Yale School of Drama brought this audiobook to life with her extraordinary voice and ability to render different characters At almost 500 pages ‘Jubilee’ by Margaret Walker would have been much challenging t

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    I am left swooning over this book A true story that reads like great fiction I loved loved loved it even as I felt every sorrow and injustice conveyed by the author every verbal and physical abuse every loss that was faced as a result of hatred and racial discrimination While the heroine of this story may been bloodied a

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    45 stars for a really enjoyable audiobook Jubilee was one of those books I hadn't heard about until I saw it as an Audible

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    By now I've read plenty of books set in antebellum south and although this novel does not score as high as kindred or incidents in the life of a slave girl it's still fairly good It's the only one that I've read which captures the ant

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    JubileeThroughout my life when someone asks me what my favorite book is my response is usually Gone With The Wind have read and watched it over 20 times in my life My mother’s line is Southern Northern and it goes like that all the way back

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    Imagine waking up each morning knowing that your life was not yours to live that you were under someone else's control Imagine waking up and knowing that you had a hard day's labor and you weren't getting paid Imagine if y

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    This was a powerful book and a great story based on the life of the author's great grandmother I don't doubt that all the events of this book either actually happened or could have happened just as they were depicted The Antebellum years Civil War and Reconstruction were a sad and dark timeBUT I could not connect emotional

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A th anniversary edition of Margaret Walker's best selling classic with a foreword by Nikki Giovanni Jubilee tells the true story of Vyry the child of a white plantation owner and one of his I am so glad I challenged myself to read a classic a month this year I m always adding so many new books to my TBR list that I never get around to looking for some of the gaps in the classics Had I not decided to rectify that this year I might never have come across Margaret Walker s epic Jubillee What an absolutely AMAZING novel Jubillee tells the story of Vyry born into slavery to a black mother and their white marster The book follows her life from slavery through the Civil War all the way through to freedom It tells of her triumphs and her losses her joys and her sorrows It is heart breaking and difficult to read at times I don t know how anyone survived the horrors of slavery and the miseries the cruel slave owners heaped upon them Through it all no matter the hardships she endures both during slavery and after Vyry never loses hope She is one hell of a strong woman and her story breath taking in its intensity I loved that Ms Walker wrote in the slaves dialect when she uoted them It added such authenticity to the book She is a brilliant storyteller and Vyry such a resplendent character She and her story will no doubt stay with me for a long time I highly recommend this one 2019 March classic of the month

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Jubilee By Margaret Walker

Ty years of research Margaret Walker’s novel brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light Jubilee churns with the hunger the hymns the struggles and the very breath of American histor Imagine waking up each morning knowing that your life was not yours to live that you were under someone else s control Imagine waking up and knowing that you had a hard day s labor and you weren t getting paid Imagine if you tried to uit this job you would be whipped mercilesslyFor Elvira Vyry Brown this wasn t anything to imagine it was her life Born a slave to her white master and his black slave mistress fate was not on her side from the get go Oh her early life up until age six was charmed so to speak Her only job was to play with her half sister and keep her company That was until she reached working age seven After that Vyry s place on the plantation became clear first as a house servant later as the head cook The story written by Vyry s great granddaughter Margaret Walker takes us from her birth through her life as a slave to her eventual freedom Her path to freedom was not easy but Vyry demonstrated an unuestionable faith throughout She also demonstrated a kind and giving heart by taking care of the very people who persecuted her throughout life Margaret Walker heard the story of Vyry from her grandmother Vyry s daughter Minna How precious the words must have seemed You can feel the love and admiration through each paragraph of this book It s not just an autobiography it a family history and it s wonderfully written I was drawn into this book from the beginning The way that the author described the emotions and the plantation activities was so vivid Having read other autobiographies about this time I found that Margaret Walker is a top storyteller in this genre By the time I finished this book I had no doubt about the character of Vyry Brown Definitely a great read for a lover of African American history Civil War buffs and anyone who is interested in learning about that time frame Love and BlessingsMargaret


Black slaves Vyry bears witness to the South’s antebellum opulence and to its brutality its wartime ruin and the promises of Reconstruction Weaving her own family’s oral history with thir 45 stars for a really enjoyable audiobook Jubilee was one of those books I hadn t heard about until I saw it as an Audible Daily Deal I looked into the history of the book and its author and I found out some interesting things Ms Walker released this story in the 1960s and it was well received In truth I can see why Many people including myself saw this as a realistic story on slavery and the 7 years after it was abolished as it shows both the hope and disappointment that many blacks faced during the before during and after the Civil War The story is based on Ms Walker s real life Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather that she wanted to share as a historical fictionThe story switches between multiple points of view but it s done so subtly I wasn t really bothered by it Ms Walker s timing and writing about the switching of thoughts and opinions of the different characters One way Ms Walker introduces us to this switching of POVs is that she starts the story literally the first chapter by giving us the backstory of how the main character Vyry came into existence Vyry s mother Sis Hetta is a slave that gets repeated sexually assaulted by her master John Dutton who is also the owner of the plantation she lives on She is 29 yet has a total 15 children through her husband and master by the time she unfortunately passes away from a sickness It s sad how often many female slaves were assaulted by their masters They were seen as practice before marriage and release when men were unsatisfied with their wives It wasn t right but I knew that Ms Walker wasn t going to shy away from harsh reality slaves including her own family members had faced It was even sadder how often the children born from these encounters were seen as their father s property not children The feelings John Dutton has towards Sis Hetta are complex as he seems to genuinely care for her but is unable to grasp it These were slightly common for men of the time Whether it was love or satisfaction in her duty I cannot sayAfter that the story tends to focus on the life of Vyry and her life We share in loving moments with adopted family members and shockingly horrible moments that many slaves experienced There are holiday celebrations weddings and daily duties the Dutton family the overseer Grimes and the slaves on the plantation have and they are all so different The Duttons are well respected and rich so they do things in a grand manner and try to be as generous as their natures can afford Grimes is considered a poormiddle class man who works hard for a family he has both jealously respect and resentment towards as he has to work constantly in all forms of weather He relies on the Duttons and knows they control him a little less than the slaves he controls Lastly the slaves are below the poverty line as they rely on the Duttons for everything a new pair of clothes and shoes once a year for example We see the different levels of slaves also in the book the outsides slaves who work the fields and house slaves who help the chores and maintenance of the plantationThere were even mentions of feminine hygiene and how someone would deliver first aid after a slave was beaten or whipped I was surprised and happy the the depth and details Ms Walker went into this story It seemed truly like no stone was left unturned in regards to writing or uestions a person would have in a life for all the different people that were in the Deep South The story takes brief breaks with passages of political social and economical states of not only the South but the North and nation as a whole Many people have felt that these moments interrupted the flow as a story but I liked these moments as it helped me understand Vyry s and the other characters lives we follow The characters are very different with different standings throughout the novel born free black versus slave poor whites versus rich blacks farmers versus business owners or educated versus uneducated people are examples of the differences touched on Beware of the possibility that these points added to the complexity of the bookAnother arc of the story was the romances Vyry has with two different men Randall Ware an educated born free black man who owns his own blacksmith business and Innis Brown a freed slave who wants to own and work his own farm These men show the different types of men that were around before and after slave Randall was able to use his skills to help the Union Army and become involved in politics to try and better the lives of his fellow blacks He is a stubborn man who I grew to really admire and feel for when he both stumbled and succeeded Innis Brown is an every man for blacks who just wants to fulfill his dream of having a family and living his simple dream of having his own farm and land but struggles due to be unable to read or write There comes a moment where the reader has to ask themselves who they would rather have Vyry with and honestly I couldn t tell you who was the better choice Both men have their flaws and strengths and made me think of men I know personally I grew to really like all the characters including Vyry throughout the bookIf I m completely truthful of my feelings I can t say this is a perfect book for me even though it s a super good book As odd as it sounds I feel a part of this unhappiness stems from Vyry being shown as the epitome of a black woman She s strong in her faith hardworking talented stubborn and loving as person and I love her for those traits However she can t seem to do anything wrong or make mistakes Something injustice always happens to her but she never seems to do anything to warrant it There are moments where her oldest son Jim isn t too happy with her but he believes that she has to be the way she is out of womanly loyalty to her husband Nobody is perfect or want to write bad about their dead family member most of the time but not always and in this case I feel it kind of hindered the story and Vyry s further growth has a personLastly I really enjoyed Robin Miles as a narrator I ve heard another audiobook narrated by her previously and found her to be the best part of that story It wasn t my favorite sci fi She voiced about 20 people throughout the story and other minor characters yet made the voices distinct enough to not get too confusing for me to follow That is a job well done If you find a book with Robin Miles as the narrator definitely try to listen to it