Jubilee

Jubilee

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by Margaret Walker
     
 

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This stunningly different Civil War novel boasts a heroine to rival Scarlett O'Hara. Daughter of the white plantation owner and his beloved black mistress, Vyry was conceived, born and reared to womanhood behind the House. Stepped in knowledge of and feeling for the times and the people, Jubilee is a magnificent tale told with devastating truth.

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This stunningly different Civil War novel boasts a heroine to rival Scarlett O'Hara. Daughter of the white plantation owner and his beloved black mistress, Vyry was conceived, born and reared to womanhood behind the House. Stepped in knowledge of and feeling for the times and the people, Jubilee is a magnificent tale told with devastating truth.

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"Do yourself a favor by picking up Jubilee." The Chicago Tribune

"Chronicles the triumph of a free spirit over many kinds of bondage." The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553257915
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/1983
Pages:
432

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From the Publisher
"Do yourself a favor by picking up Jubilee." The Chicago Tribune

"Chronicles the triumph of a free spirit over many kinds of bondage." The New York Times

Meet the Author

MARGARET WALKER (1915−1998) was one of America's most popular and respected African American writers and scholars. She first gained national recognition with the 1942 poetry collection For My People, a winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award. She was awarded the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship for her novel Jubilee, which became a national bestseller. Among the most formidable literary voices to emerge in the twentieth century, she will be remembered as one of the foremost transcribers of African American heritage.
 

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Jubilee 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
webbfam_moejoe More than 1 year ago
Like the headline says, probably one of my favorite all-time books. I felt like I had a relationship with the characters, and literally cried when it ended. Felt like a horrible break-up. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I respected Alex Haley for his introduction of Roots, regardless of the shortcuts he might have taken, I came to understand very well why Walker had to sue him for similarities between her book, Jubilee, and his book, Roots and movie, Queen, for I have never read a more interesting, insightful and informative book about the American Civil War than Jubilee. Some complain about the historical information contained therein but this was all so very necessary to the understanding of that period and to the understanding of each character. Jubilee is the slaves' perspective of the Civil War it is Gone With the Wind told from the slaves' point of view. Yet, Jubilee explains the Confederacy [who can forget Big Missy trying to negotiate worthless Confederate money or the pillage and destruction of Southern households by Union soldiers?] while this book still explains every other aspect of the Civil War. I recommend this book without reservation to everyone -- those interested in the Civil War and especially to those who do not care.
AnAvidReaderNJ More than 1 year ago
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 "quit" this job, you would be whipped mercilessly. For 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 unquestionable 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 more about that time frame. Love and Blessings! Margaret
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jubilee starts off wonderfully, but the last two parts lose momentum. The character of Vyry is amazingly powerful, but she is almost too perfect to be real. Her optimism and willingness to move forward are commendable, but the reader is left wondering about residual anger and resentment that could understandably arise from being enslaved since childhood. The chapters are often interrupted by historical information. While this adds validity to the story, it often interrupts the action, and some of the facts are incorrect. Overall, Jubilee is worth reading. It presents a very strong female character, and strong women are typically underrepresented in novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book! it was easy to follow along with and understand. i would recommend this book to anyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. This book paints a good picture of what black folks endured before and after the civil war. This book also shows the true strength of a black women and how they are leaders. I wish not to go in details, but if you are looking for a book to read thats both educational and exciting this is the one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is one of the most boring books I've ever read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very intriguing and historically submissive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful book to people who love to read about someones life in slavery. It also tells you about how blacks have somewhat over came a lot in the past 150 years. I think this book would make a wonderful book report. I think this book will make anyone who reads it take a second look at life as we know it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is about a girl named Vyry. This book is unlike most historical books about slavery. I learned so much and I am sure you will enjoy it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful. I am reading it now and I am in the 9th grade. It has opened my eyes to what slavery must have been like back then. But they made it through and that was awesome! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know about African-American History and what they went through to get where they are today!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has changed my look on slavery. It has made me stronger. This was my fisrt time reading this book and now that I am in the 11th grade. I love this book and wish that there were more like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time back in the 10th grade; i have been out of high school for almost 14 years. Every year during African American History month, this book comes to mind. I remember being so angry, frustrated, and overjoyed all at the same time. This book is for everyone. It let you know that strength and determination with the help of the One above, you can do anyhting. We can all have our own "jubilee".
Guest More than 1 year ago
jubilee is the best book on slaver i have read. it tells about the everyday life as a slave the struggles and the joys. i have read this book twice and loved every chapter. i cant put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book if you truly want to know a small historical backround of the civil war and how this time period impacted both white and black people. It is emotional in many ways as you step through Vyry's life of hardship, fear, hope, happiness, and sadness. From reading it I have not only gained historical insight, but also learned the importance of a person's inner strength.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is truly a work of pure literay art from cover to cover. So much important history is in this book for whites and blacks a like to learn from. It should be required reading for all high school and college history classes. Not just african american studies. Hopefully after reading this book of Vyry and her families struggles and inhumane treatment. African americans and all peoples a like can draw strength to persevere under any situation. And hopefully everyone can learn that ignorance breeds hatered, greed, and pure evil for another human being.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JUBILEE IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ I COULDNT PUT IT DOWN AT FRIST I THOUGTH IT WASNT GOING TO BE THAT GOOD BECAUSE MY TEACHER MAKES US READ NOT SO GOOD STUFF BUT I'LL SUDJUST THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE MY WHOLE CLASS LOVED IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an interesting book. Very historical. It was great until the third part, it started to get boring to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This should be required reading in a Humanities Class. for the first time we see the Civil War and slavery through the eyes of the slave and though it is a novel,it is a true story. It show the love of the slaves--black men for black women. It show the love and support of a black father for his son. It will never be made into a movie or shown as a mini-series on TV, for Its power and truth contradicts all of the stereotypes about African-Americans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book and the author did a great job putting in the book with the story. I could not put it down. I felt sorry for Vvry and what she had to go through back in those times. I read this book 4 different times in high school and not because it was assigned to me I had heard it through word of mouth.. Even after 8 years of not reading it I still can place myself where the story took place.. I wish all Jr. and High schools students had to read and do a report on it. Especially for Black History Month...
DavidTXAZ More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was a teenager. Read it again in my 30's and about to read it again, in my 50's. The realism is palpable. Having grown up in the South, the descriptions of the weather, the outdoors, and even the food - all made sense. I am disappointed at some of the reviewers here. Somehow, they use this book to stoke the typical anti-white hatred of so many angry blacks. History is what it is. Yes, slavery was despicable and disgusting but for the love of God, it ended 150 years ago. Fanning the flames of hatred against whites has no good future. And you can tell Al Sharpton I said so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book opens up ones insight to the real struggles of our ancestors. You feel their pain and sufffering. I finally understand, as close as one possibly can, what it was actually like to be a slave!!! Your life had no value. Your only existence was to honor another race, another group of people. You were a non-human in the eyes of the white race. In order for America to come to a true realization of the impact slavery made on a race of people, I strongly feel this book should be mandatory in every junior and high school. We as a country need to start some serious discussions around the price one group had to pay and is still paying for another group to enjoy the economic harvest of this great country. I take pride in the FACT that we, us, our ancestors, helped make this country great. I think it is pass time for America to pay up.