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A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
James McBride: The Color of Water

The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man, making her isolation even more profound. The book is a success story, a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story--along with her son's--The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight, and realism. It is, in a word, inspiring, and you will finish it with unalloyed admiration for a flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, a little more faith in us all.

Eredeti megjelenés éve: 1995

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Riverhead, New York, 2006
328 oldal · ISBN: 159448192X
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Riverhead, New York, 2006
256 oldal · ISBN: 1440636109
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Riverhead, New York, 1997
292 oldal · ISBN: 1573225789

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James McBride: The Color of Water

James McBride: The Color of Water A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

Azért érdekes könyv, mert sokféle szemszögből mutatja be a diszkriminációt. Atrocitások érik a színesbőrű szerzőt és testvéreit, a fehérbőrű édesanyjukat, a katolikusokat, a zsidókat, a bevándorlókat, a nőket. Elég elszomorító szembesülni azzal, hogy a gyűlölködés mennyire sokrétű lehet.
Párhuzamosan követhető nyomon a szerző és édesanyja visszaemlékezése. Engem az anya fejezetei kötöttek le jobban. Megelevenedtek a zsidó szokások, amiről keveset tudok.
Néha viszont eléggé untatott a történet, sok oldalt a mellékszereplők részletes leírásaival inkább átlapoztam volna, volt, hogy kedvem lett volna félbehagyni az egész könyvet. Túl bő lére van eresztve.
McBridge kedves emléket állít az anyukájának, az angolja is könnyen olvasható, viszont nem mondhatom, hogy alig várom kézbe venni a következő művét.


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I was so so sorry, deep in my heart I was sorry, but all your „sorrys” are gone when a person dies. She was gone. Gone. That's why you have to say all your „sorrys” and „I love yous” while a person is living, because tomorrow isn't promised.

21. fejezet, A Bird Who Flies

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„When I die,” she said, „don't bury me in New Jersey. Who wants to be buried in Jersey?”
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I said, „We'll bury you in Virginia, next to your second husband.”
„Oh no. Don't bury me in Virginia. I ran away from Virginia. I don't want to go back there.”
„How about North Carolina? We'll bury you where your first husband is.”
„No way. I spent all my life running from the South. Don't put me in the South.”
„Okay. New York,” I said. „You lived there forty years. You still love New York.”
„Too crowded,” she sniffed. „They bury them three deep in New York. I don't want to be smushed up under somebody when I'm buried.”
„Where should we bury you then?”
[…] „Who cares? This is nonsense. […] Bury me here, bury me there, what are you trying to do, kill me? […]”

25. fejezet, Finding Ruthie

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To the very end, Mommy is a flying compilation of competing interests and conflicts, a black woman in white skin, with black children and a white woman's physical problem.

25. fejezet, Finding Ruthie

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I always remembered that, and I think that's why I'm claustrophobic today, because I didn't know what death was. You know my family didn't talk of death. You weren't allowed to say the word. The old-time Jews, they's spit on the floor when they said the word „death” in Yiddish. […]
That's why I tell y'all to make sure I'm dead when I die. Kick me and pinch me and make sure I'm gone, because the thought of being buried alive, lying there all smushed up and smothered and surrounded by dead people and I'm still alive, Lord, that scares me to death.

3. fejezet, Kosher

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„Am I black or white?”
„You're a human being,” she snapped. „Educate yourself or you'll be a nobody!”
„Will I be a black nobody or just a nobody?”
„If you're a nobody,” she said dryly, „it doesn't matter what color you are.”

10. fejezet, School

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„Oh boy… God's not black. He's not white. He's a spirit.”
„Does he like black or white people better?”
„He loves all people. He's a spirit.”
„What's a spirit?”
„A spirit's a spirit.”
„What color is God's spirit?”
„It doesn't have a color,” she said. „God is the color of water. Water doesn't have a color.”

6. fejezet, The New Testament

James McBride: The Color of Water A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother


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