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The Time of Our Singing

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Jonah, Joseph and Ruth are the children of mixed-race parents determined to protect them from the grinding effects of race. Hothouse children, they are all musically talented, but they cannot be protected from the world for long. Jonah becomes a successful young tenor, but the world of opera can only accept him as a 'brilliant Negro singer'; Joseph, our narrator, becomes a pianist and devotes his talents to the service of his brother's; Ruth turns her back on classical music ('white music') and disappears, on the run with her black husband under suspicion of being a Black Panther.
Powers brilliantly and devastatingly delineates the tragedy of race in America, as it unfolds from the Civil Rights movement to Rodney King and Louis Farrakhan, through the lives and choices of one family, caught on the cusp of identities.
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"There is no contemporary American writer quite like Richard Powers... It is rare to find a novel as intellectually and emotionally engaging as this" Guardian
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Richard Powers, geb. 1957, lebt in Urbana/Illinois. Er studierte Physik, arbeitete als Programmierer, bis er mit 32 seinen ersten Roman schrieb. Mittlerweile zählt er zu den ganz großen amerikanischen Erzählern der Gegenwart. Seine Bücher wurden vielfach ausgezeichnet, u.a. mit dem National Book Award. Seine Beiträge erschienen in der New York Times, Esquire, Times und Harper's.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 640
Erscheinungsdatum 01.02.2004
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-09-945383-3
Verlag Random House UK
Maße (L/B/H) 198/130/38 mm
Gewicht 412
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Where there is song, you can safely stay, wicked people have no songs.
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This 600 page heavyweight of a book is not for the occasional reader, it takes dedication and determination to get through it. Nevertheless it was one of the most remarkable books that I have read this year! The story is very dense and complex, but the author manages to... This 600 page heavyweight of a book is not for the occasional reader, it takes dedication and determination to get through it. Nevertheless it was one of the most remarkable books that I have read this year! The story is very dense and complex, but the author manages to paint a brilliant portrait of America and its racial and cultural problems of the 20th century through the lives of three very musically talented siblings and their mixed-race parents. I dare you to pick it up! a quote from the book on page 385 „...Thats what being black in this country means. You'll never know anything. When they give you change and won't put it in your hand? When they cross the street a block down from you? Maybe they just had to cross the street. All you know for sure is that everyone hates you, hates you for catching them in a lie about everthing they've ever thought of themselves...“

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