2016/10/18

BOOK REVIEW:
NEGROLAND BY MARGO JEFFERSON

Title: Negroland: A Memoir
Author: Margo Jefferson
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 248
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
This is a meditation on race, class and gender, mostly centering around the life of the author in the 50s and 60s, through the Civil Rights Movement and the dawn of feminism.


Review:
I think this is a lovely book and an interesting look into the life of upperclass African Americans of her time.

I think the discussions on race are fascinating and in parts heartbreaking, and I thought it was especially interesting to read about how the author and her likes viewed not only white people, but also other black people. It discusses privilege alongisde race and that isn't something I've seen that often. The whole book also feels honest and in parts raw, and I really loved the part towards the end where she discusses feminism (I would have preferred this to be a bit longer actually).

I did find the writing a bit hard to overcome on occasion, as some parts felt a bit disjointed and slightly difficult to understand. The first thirty pages or so are very much like this. It's also not quite as on point as I would've wished, although maybe that's how it's meant to be.

I think this book offers up a unique perspective and is definitely worth the read, and if you generally like essay collections, I think you'll like this.
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  1. This looks fantastic! I immediately told all my friends and wrote it down. Thanks for getting it to my attention.

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