Caucasia

Caucasia

Book - 1998
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Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1998
ISBN: 9781573220910
1573220914
Branch Call Number: FIC Senn
Characteristics: 353 p

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voisjoe1 May 09, 2014

The author, Danzy Senna, is the child of a mixed marriage of White and African-American parentage and Senna uses some of her life experiences in this novel. One topic, also explored by Ernest Gaines in novels, is that of the color variation of African-Americans and how this color by itself changes one’s life experiences. Other themes explored are coming-of-age, racism and the illegal activities of the FBI with it’s Cointel program. Even in such films as 12 Years a Slave, we see how the slaves know that the lighter skinned ones will get more opportunities and less cruelty in their lives if they just play along with the master.

esther_12031211 Aug 19, 2013

This book is psychologically moving one of my favorites <3

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sailthessj
Jul 31, 2012

Great read. Once you start, You can't put it down for a couple reasons. First, you don"t want to, and second, if you do, you might forget where you are in this fast-paced read.

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xzhang17
Aug 18, 2015

“I wondered if whiteness were contagious. If it were, then surely I had caught it. I imagined this 'condition' affected the way I walked, talked, dressed, danced, and at its most advanced stage, the way I looked at the world and at other people.”

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xzhang17
Aug 18, 2015

"But now it seemed clear: this was how they defined their love—by how deeply they missed each other when they were together. They felt the loss before it happened, and their love was defined by that loss. They hungered even as they ate, thirsted even as they drank. "

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xzhang17
Aug 18, 2015

“It’s funny. When you leave your home and wander really far, you always think, ‘I want to go home.’ But then you come home, and of course it’s not the same. You can’t live with it, you can’t live away from it. And it seems like from then on there’s always this yearning for some place that doesn’t exist. I felt that. Still do. I’m never completely at home anywhere. But it’s a good place to be, I think. It’s like floating. From up above, you can see everything at once. It’s the only way how.”

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Aug 18, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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