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Boy Snow Bird por Helen Oyeyemi
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Boy Snow Bird (edição 2014)

por Helen Oyeyemi

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In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty-- the opposite of the life she's left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she'd become, but the birth of Boy's daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Now Boy, Snow, and Bird must confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.… (mais)
Membro:KittyCunningham
Título:Boy Snow Bird
Autores:Helen Oyeyemi
Informação:Hamish Hamilton, Kindle Edition, 338 pages
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Boy, Snow, Bird was… fine. It was fine until the end, at which time it become abhorrent for the last few chapters. The kindest thing I think I can say about Boy, Snow, Bird is that it is extremely forgettable.

This book is touted as a Snow White retelling, but I don’t think there’s any resemblance beyond the fact there’s a girl named Snow whose mother has died and she has a stepmother. The similarities end there. Boy, Snow, Bird has an interesting commentary on race through the eyes of two different characters. I also thought the conversation about identity from each of the POVs could warrant a book club conversation. All in all, I felt like this was a book that started in the middle of something that it over-explained and then didn’t go anywhere.

Even Oyeyemi’s writing is just okay. It sufficed, but didn’t stand out enough to me that it inspired me to try another one of her books. I often had to rewind the audiobook and snap myself back to attention when I began to zone out because I felt like nothing was going on and I struggled to be invested.

Boy, Snow, Bird has terrible treatment of a transgender man, including: misgendering, deadnaming, and “corrective” rape. This doesn’t come into play until the very end and it hits you like a frying pan to the side of the head. Not that there ever would be a reason for it, but there’s no story point where bringing up the transgender person even made sense at that stage in the book. The earlier portrayals, as well, are concerning. All in all harmful representation.

I don’t think I could recommend this book. Outside of the mistreatment of a transgender man, this book just… isn’t… engaging. It’s a story that rambles and doesn’t leave you with much of anything that hasn’t already been said better somewhere else. As such, it feels more like a waste of time than something that enriches the reader. Throw in the problematic content and it’s a hard pass. ( )
  Morteana | Jul 23, 2021 |
I hate stories that stop in the middle. I was enjoying this until the end when it just. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Helen Oyeyemi's writing is whimsical and serious at the same time. The relationship between characters named Boy, Snow & Bird, as well as several others, the author explores themes of sexuality, gender identification, and race. The reader is swept along in the plot and barely realizes the serious nature of the themes until almost the end of the book. Excellent writer, very good novel! ( )
  hemlokgang | Mar 29, 2021 |
At first glance, I thought this was part of a series with [b:Girl, Serpent, Thorn|51182650|Girl, Serpent, Thorn|Melissa Bashardoust|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1573073053l/51182650._SX50_SY75_.jpg|57956968], haha. Totally different authors, as it turns out, but sounds great! And what a lovely cover. ♥__ ♥
  rjcrunden | Feb 2, 2021 |
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I have mixed feelings about Boy, Snow, Bird. But I do have to say that my opinion sways heavily toward the positive! I’ve never read anything by Oyeyemi before, though Mr Fox has been on my book depository wishlist for a while now, and I found her writing style to mesh really well with my tastes.

That’s a little bit of a weird thing to say, and I realize that. I’ll say it in a different way that might be more relatable: this book definitely had the potential to become one of my favorites. I really thought that’s where it was heading – Oyeyemi really knows how to write.

Boy, Snow, Bird is, among other things, a historical narrative that deeply explores race, discrimination, and passing. These elements also help solidify the book’s connections to the Snow White fairy tale. The beginning of the book is narrated by a blonde white woman named Boy, so these elements of the plot are introduced with a light emphasis through her, but they become a huge focus later on. I thought this was an interesting way to draw in the common reader, who may not have picked up this book if it were marketed differently.

Through Boy, the reader develops empathy and then when her life gets tangled in racial discourse, there’s more outrage than would have been there with a POC narrator.
 

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In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty-- the opposite of the life she's left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman. A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she'd become, but the birth of Boy's daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Now Boy, Snow, and Bird must confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

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