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Let Us Descend: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club…
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Let Us Descend: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club 2023) (edição 2023)

por Jesmyn Ward (Autor)

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Fiction. African American Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:From Jesmyn Wardthe two-time National Book Award winner, youngest winner of the Library of Congress Prize for Fiction, and MacArthur Fellowcomes a haunting masterpiece, sure to be an instant classic, about an enslaved girl in the years before the Civil War.
"'Let us descend,' the poet now began, 'and enter this blind world.'" Inferno, Dante Alighieri

Let Us Descend is a reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation.

Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the listener's guide through this hellscape. As she struggles through the miles-long march, Annis turns inward, seeking comfort from memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother. Throughout, she opens herself to a world beyond this world, one teeming with spirits: of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, and those who manipulate and take. While Ward leads listeners through the descent, this, her fourth novel, is ultimately a story of rebirth and reclamation.

From one of the most singularly brilliant and beloved writers of her generation, this miracle of a novel inscribes Black American grief and joy into the very landthe rich but unforgiving forests, swamps, and rivers of the American South. Let Us Descend is Jesmyn Ward's most magnificent novel yet, a masterwork for the ages.
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Título:Let Us Descend: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club 2023)
Autores:Jesmyn Ward (Autor)
Informação:Scribner (2023), 320 pages
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This is a fascinating book about the French art thief Stéphane Briestweiser and his girlfriend Anne Catherine Kleinkhaus. He is a lover of any form of pre-renaissance art and in 1991 steals his first small ivory statue from a museum in Antwerp. It is a sculpture of Adam and Eve and becomes his favourite piece. They return to Mulhouse, France south of Strasbourg. They live in the attic of his mother’s house, Mireille Stengel.
As a former museum security guard, Breitweiser knows the ins and outs of weaknesses in security systems and uses his knowledge and Catherine large purse to snatch anything that they fancy. He does not consider himself to be a thief as he does not profit from the stolen goods. The apartment is filled with over 200 objects that he adores for their beauty.
When he is finally caught returning to the scene of an earlier theft, police authorities in several countries collaborate to build their case and find him guilty.
Good story.
  MaggieFlo | May 3, 2024 |
I have long admired Jesmyn Ward’s writing, especially Sing, Unburied, Sing. Ward’s latest novel, Let Us Descend, doesn’t reach those lofty heights but is still a creative, worthwhile read. The novel centers on Annis, the daughter of an enslaved woman who was raped by the plantation owner. Annis’ mother trains her to fight, as her African warrior grandmother once did before she, too, was sold into slavery. But a strong will and fighting skills are not enough to fend off the physical and sexual abuse inflicted by white people on enslaved people.

After Annis’ mother is taken away and sold, Annis begins seeing a spirit named Aza, who takes the form of her grandmother. Annis calls on Aza to help her through a series of the hardships. Aza is inconsistent and no substitute for Annis’ mother, but their dialogue helps Annis find her way. I had difficulty suspending my disbelief over Aza’s character, and found the Aza-Annis dialogue difficult to follow at times.

Ward’s literary talents were most on display when describing the horrors Annis endured, and the violent behavior of the white community. She doesn’t mince words, but stories like these need to be told and re-told, in hopes that as a society we will someday atone for this period in history. ( )
  lauralkeet | Mar 1, 2024 |
Annis is a slave on a plantation in Virginia. Her father is the plantation owner. When she rebuffs his advances she is sold further south. The journey to New Orleans is long and nearly unbearable. The scenes where the slaves are forced to cross rivers are awful. Upon reaching New Orleans, Annis is purchased by a woman who runs a sugar plantation. She is starved and worked mercilessly. She has a spirit, her grandmother Aza who watches over her. This is gut-wrenching, but probably a more true portrayal of slavery than what we usually are fed. ( )
  mojomomma | Feb 20, 2024 |
Very character-driven magical realism historical fiction story with lyrical prose but very little plot. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Feb 18, 2024 |
[3.25] How I wanted this widely-acclaimed book that reimagines Dante’s “Inferno” to land on my all-to-short list of 5-star reads. It seemed to have all the ingredients. A socially and historically significant theme that creatively explores the tragedy of slavery through the eyes of a girl. A heartbreaking storyline that shines a spotlight on the resiliency of the human spirit. A talented author known for her lyrical prose. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work for me — and I’m struggling to understand why it didn’t. I think my biggest issue involved the way the story unfolded in a stream of consciousness style fashion. It was a challenge for me to navigate the narrative path. As for the magical realism – something I typically get into – this aspect of “Let Us Descend” seemed – for a lack of a better word – “contrived.” Nevertheless, the book sheds light on a harrowing era in our nation’s history. The author clearly did meticulous research and used her wordsmithing to craft a myriad of riveting vignettes. ( )
  brianinbuffalo | Feb 14, 2024 |
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Fiction. African American Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:From Jesmyn Wardthe two-time National Book Award winner, youngest winner of the Library of Congress Prize for Fiction, and MacArthur Fellowcomes a haunting masterpiece, sure to be an instant classic, about an enslaved girl in the years before the Civil War.
"'Let us descend,' the poet now began, 'and enter this blind world.'" Inferno, Dante Alighieri

Let Us Descend is a reimagining of American slavery, as beautifully rendered as it is heart-wrenching. Searching, harrowing, replete with transcendent love, the novel is a journey from the rice fields of the Carolinas to the slave markets of New Orleans and into the fearsome heart of a Louisiana sugar plantation.

Annis, sold south by the white enslaver who fathered her, is the listener's guide through this hellscape. As she struggles through the miles-long march, Annis turns inward, seeking comfort from memories of her mother and stories of her African warrior grandmother. Throughout, she opens herself to a world beyond this world, one teeming with spirits: of earth and water, of myth and history; spirits who nurture and give, and those who manipulate and take. While Ward leads listeners through the descent, this, her fourth novel, is ultimately a story of rebirth and reclamation.

From one of the most singularly brilliant and beloved writers of her generation, this miracle of a novel inscribes Black American grief and joy into the very landthe rich but unforgiving forests, swamps, and rivers of the American South. Let Us Descend is Jesmyn Ward's most magnificent novel yet, a masterwork for the ages.

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