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Brown Girl, Brownstones

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2000

    The golden tale of a brown girl

    This is an excellent depiction of the immigrant experience of the diasporic Africana people. I have loved this book for many years and I recommend it because of the depth of the story, and the beauty of the language.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

    Paule Marshall is an EXCELLENT writer and depicter of African di

    Paule Marshall is an EXCELLENT writer and depicter of African diasporic experience in the new world/U.S. in this period piece. Based on the reviews I have read on this site, it is no wonder HOLLYWOOD dummies down to the American audience. People are not willing to engage in advanced art forms. SMH...not only did I enjoy this work, I also referenced it one of my creative pieces! Cheers to BROWN GIRL, BROWNSTONES!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2009

    very boring

    This is not worth reading. it was very very boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    This isn't the greatest book to read for fun.

    If you like drama, problems that women go through and sad moments in someone¿s life, then you would like Brown Girl, Brownstones because this book has a lot drama in which one woman goes through in her life. I personally did not like this book for many reasons. I found it very difficult because there were a lot of advance words. Also the book is in third person and the book can became confusing at times of dialogue. I think that this book would appeal more to a woman than a guy because of the problems in this book. This book is full of drama and women type problems because this book shows the hard things that women go through. One big drama situation in this book is when the main character, Selina, is I a very serious relationship with a man named Clives. Clives has family issues of his own and does not really give Selina the attention she really deserves in her relationship with Clives. The problems that Clives and Selina start facing begin to interfere in there relationship and drama begins to happen. The settings that take place in the book are specific to where you can visualize them, buy then start getting confusing. For example, when Selina goes to her mom¿s work the author describes the setting a little too much to the point when you get confused. This book does not have many important characters which is helpful because you can remember the main characters better. My favorite character in this book was Selina¿s dad. He was a good guy who dreamed and was very positive even trough bad times. Besides the times the book may get confusing the book may get confusing, it is still a pretty good book and if liked what I said, then you will like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    Challenging book to understand

    Brown Girl, Brownstones is a great book that anyone would like to read. This book was written by Paule Marshall, and I think she wrote a extraordinary story that can teach anyone a lesson. Really my opinion is that this book can help us kids learn or know how to make better decisions and take the right path. Well at they beginning of the story I thought it was confusing - you have to pay extra attention to understand the small details the author wants you to see. Another small detail is that whenever you get across a word you don't understand, look it up, beacuse it can help you know what the author is trying to get across. But something I really didn't like about the story is when the dad left and then suddenly he was dead. It seemed to me that in this part of the story it was not really finished because there weren't enough details. But eventhough the book had its bad sides, it had a couple of good things. For example, when Selina realizes how her decisions affected her life , she got some consequences that she would regret sooner or later. Eventhough this book was extra hard to understand and long, it can teach you and others really great lessons that Selina had to go through. I personally recommend it to many kids because it can sow them many things you can't see eventhough you are doing them. The lesson that I learned from this book was that the decisions and choices you make determine the consequences you will get. But when you realize something you did good or wrong you can go back and take another opportunity and go the right way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2001

    How can you like this book?

    I had to read this book for my English summer homework. It was horrible! I kept falling asleep after reading like a paragraph. I finally got through it when I was on the plane to California, when i had nothing better to do. It's horrible!!! I would never read this book ever again in my life, or even recommend it to any of my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 1999

    A wonderful work of fiction with a real non-fiction feel to it

    Paule Marshall really makes her characters come to life, especially Selina's character, as I felt as if I was re-living my childhood over again, through her. This work of fiction has a real non-fiction feel to it, and I'm sure many can relate to the story. A mixture of emotions came over me as I read: fear, anger, sadness, joy, and hope. I would recommend this to friends, especially those who believe in the power of faith.

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