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The Invention of Wings por Sue Monk Kidd
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The Invention of Wings (original 2014; edição 2015)

por Sue Monk Kidd (Autor)

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"The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined"--… (mais)
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Título:The Invention of Wings
Autores:Sue Monk Kidd (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2015), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:***1/2
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I found the story of Sarah and Handful inspiring and troubling. I'm always outraged and incredulous when I read about an atrocious historical event and Kidd's exploration of America's "peculiar institution" certainly evoked said emotions in me, but it also brought me a sense of relief over how much times have changed in this country and a sense of hope that social justice and gender and racial equality will be even further realized as time goes on. The juxtaposition of Sarah and Handful's stories was very clever, allowing the reader to see how they were both oppressed despite their seemingly disparate circumstances. The fight in both these women is nothing short of inspirational. Handful and her mother's plight was, obviously, especially moving and their mother/daughter bond very touching. I enjoyed sticking with these characters through the decades and I found many many moments heartbreaking. I could go on and on about the many reasons I loved this book. The Invention of Wings is a beautiful story. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
I didn't read the book description, so didn't know until Lucretia Mott showed up that the Grimkes were real people. This book was a great introduction to them and their good works. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
3.5*
I loved The Secret Life of Bees and had hoped that I would love this one just as much. I didn't, however, feel as attached to any of the characters in this book. I love that there was historical truth behind the characters and think that Sue Monk Kidd has a way with words, but because I couldn't connect to the characters, I rated The Invention of Wings lower. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
I have been off Sue Monk Kidd for several years now because her New Age spiritual quests just make me tired. However, this is a more straightforward historical novel about an actual 19th Century abolitionist, Sarah Grimké , and her slave Hetty (Hetty was also a real person. However, she died in childhood, so this character is almost wholly imagined.), AKA Handful

Sarah is born to an upper class Charleston family but turns against slavery after she is forced to watch a slave being whipped as a child. When she decides to become a Quaker, she is forced to leave Charleston and goes to live in Philadelphia where she becomes involved in the Abolitionist movement Later joined by her sister, Angelina, the two hit the popular 19th Century lecture circuit lecturing the abolitionist cause & also preaching women's rights.

But she never forgets Handful and the effort to save her former slave makes an exciting conclusion to the book. ( )
  etxgardener | Feb 3, 2021 |
Excellent! ( )
  BobbieJR | Jan 14, 2021 |
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Both Handful and Sarah are admirable characters, though rather disappointingly so. Improbable allies are most engaging when they make life hard for each other and generally it takes them a while to find their common pulse. But Sarah empathizes so completely with Handful from the very beginning that we never get to doubt their innate sisterhood. While their identities as mistress and slave imply conflict, it’s not a conflict played out between them. Handful’s rich resentment is rarely directed at Sarah. How could it be? The actual Sarah Grimké may have been as earnest and honorable as she is here, but a little less righteousness might have furnished this story with a wider wingspan.
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Life is arranged against us, Sarah. And it's brutally worse for Handful and her mother and sister. We're all yearning for a wedge of sky, aren't we? I suspect God plants these yearnings in us so we'll at least try and change the course of things.
"Our slaves were happy," she would boast.  It never occurred to her their gaiety wasn't contentment, but survival.
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"The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined"--

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