Jubilee, 50th Anniversary Edition by Margaret Walker audiobook

Jubilee, 50th Anniversary Edition

By Margaret Walker
Foreword by Nikki Giovanni
Read by Robin Miles

Blackstone Publishing 9780544812123
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The fiftieth-anniversary edition of Margaret Walker’s bestselling classic with a foreword by Nikki Giovanni Jubilee tells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South’s antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction. Weaving her own family’s oral history with thirty years of research, Margaret Walker’s novel brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light. Jubilee churns with the hunger, the hymns, the struggles, and the very breath of American history.

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Summary

Summary

The fiftieth-anniversary edition of Margaret Walker’s bestselling classic with a foreword by Nikki Giovanni

Jubilee tells the true story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress. Vyry bears witness to the South’s antebellum opulence and to its brutality, its wartime ruin, and the promises of Reconstruction.

Weaving her own family’s oral history with thirty years of research, Margaret Walker’s novel brings the everyday experiences of slaves to light. Jubilee churns with the hunger, the hymns, the struggles, and the very breath of American history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Chronicles the triumph of a free spirit over many kinds of bondage.” New York Times Book Review
“Do yourself a favor by picking up Jubilee.” Chicago Tribune
“A revelation.” Milwaukee Journal
“Robin Miles is the masterful narrator of this groundbreaking American novel. Hearing her musical voice, listeners will be inspired to root for the ‘yellow girl’ Vyry…She endows the wide cast of characters with distinctive pitches, tones, and dialects. Enslaved and free, poor and rich, old and young, black and white, these characters come to life as Miles effortlessly enacts the details of everyday life and everyday brutality. Haunting, vivid, and beautiful, this jubilant audiobook does justice to the masterwork and its exquisitely told story.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by DND 9/13/2017
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My favorite book this year!

I just loved this book! I was dreading when I got to the last page, wanting it to keep going. The story, although sad and heartbreaking in some places, was so vivid and full of detail I felt like I was with Vyry, experiencing the story right next to her. I can't speak highly enough for Robin Miles's narration! She flowed from one character to the next with ease, never missing a beat on each character's accent. Nothing felt forced or rehearsed, just natural. She made this great novel even better. 5 stars all the way around and a must read!!
by Ana 9/13/2017
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Perfect from start to finish

There literally is nothing bad to say about this production, since the story is epic and beautifully constructed, and Robin Miles is simply perfect in all ways. I was recommended this book by a friend, and at first was a little incredulous that I would be able to immerse myself in it — since this is genre is not necessarily my first choice. But my doubts were erased immediately, not just because I love Robin Miles but because the prose is so rich and immersive. There were moments when I thought to myself there is so much beauty here and then I was struck by the brutality as well. These contrasts, and the strength and character of the protagonist Viree, pulled me in like a current until I reached the ending with a sense of satisfaction. I learned a lot about culture and history from this excellent piece of fiction.

Author

Author Bio: Margaret Walker

Author Bio: Margaret Walker

Margaret Walker (1915–1998) was one of America’s most popular and respected African American writers and scholars. 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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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 15.73
Audience: Adult
Language: English