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Jubilee txt Jubilee, text ebook Jubilee, adobe reader Jubilee, chapter 2 Jubilee, Jubilee 084f80 A Th Anniversary Edition Of Margaret Walker S Best Selling Classic With A Foreword By Nikki Giovanni Jubilee Tells The True Story Of Vyry, The Child Of A White Plantation Owner And One Of His Black Slaves 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


About the Author: Margaret Walker

Dr Margaret Abigail Walker Alexander July 7, 1915 November 30, 1998 was an African American poet and author born in Birmingham, Alabama She wrote as Margaret Walker One of her most known poems is For My People.Her father Sigismund C Walker was a Methodist minister and her mother was Marion Dozier Walker They helped get her started in literature by teaching a lot of philosophy and poetry



10 thoughts on “Jubilee

  1. says:

    I am so glad I challenged myself to read a classic a month this year I m always adding so many new books to my TBR list that I never get around to looking for some of the gaps in the classics Had I not decided to rectify that this year, I might never have come across Margaret Walker s epic Jubillee What an absolutely AMAZING novel Jubillee tells the story of Vyry, born into slavery to a black mother and their white marster The book follows her life, from slavery through the Civil War, all the way through to freedom It tells of her triumphs and her losses, her joys and her sorrows It is heart breaking and difficult to read at times I don t know how anyone survived the horrors of slavery and the miseries the cruel slave owners heaped upon them Through it all, no matter the hardships she endures both during slavery and after, Vyry never loses hope She is one hell of a strong woman and her story breath taking in its intensity I loved that Ms Walker wrote in the slaves dialect when she quoted them It added such authenticity to the book She is a brilliant storyteller and Vyry such a resplendent character She and her story will no doubt stay with me for a long time I highly recommend this one 2019 March classic of the month


  2. says:

    Jubilee is the African American counterpart to Gone with the Wind But it is than that as it is based on the actual story of Margaret Walker s great grandmother, Margaret Duggans Ware Brown Walker grew up listening to these stories told by her grandmother about her mother born a slave before the war Later as an adult she spent years researching the pre and post war eras, various dialects, battles and famous personages, family history, etc., in order to write Jubilee.It is historical fiction but it is based primarily on the life of one very strong and courageous woman Vyry, short for Elvira who lived through one of the most difficult times in history I liked her very much If this book was is supposed to be the alternative contrast to Margaret Mitchell s epic about Tara, then I will take Vyry as a leading lady any day over Scarlett Of course that isn t saying much, is it Although Jubilee is over fifty years old, it doesn t seem to be very well known It should be. Most likely the strong Christian overtones are what keeps it in obscurity What a shame From my perspective that is all the reason it needs to be read It s not only a story about race, suffering, family, prayer and grace It is also about forgiveness and letting go Vyry gives a beautiful explanation to her son, Jim, about how when we hold on to anger and hatred our hearts become smaller, cold and hard But when we decide to forgive someone, we release the anger we feel and our hearts open up, making room for love to rush in, causing them to grow warmer and bigger making room for even love It was a beautiful scene I wish time and space would permit including the whole conversation and her exact words The writing in this book is very simple At first it seemed almost childish, but I came to appreciate it as the sweet gentle and genuinely loving soul of Vyry I wish there was a sequel I wish I had known Vyry.The edition I purchased contains some additional readings at the end which I have not read at this time.


  3. says:

    Completely heart wrenching I am still so much under the effect of this book that I can hardly verbalize what makes it so powerful.The heroine, Vyry, is one of those who stays with you forever I feel like I lived through all of Vyry s horrors and joys with her and she will always be someone whose example of fortitude I will remind myself of when I experience horror of my own.The writing is not ornate, not overly complex It s written in a style completely appropriate for the subject matter and characters The colloquial language ascribed to the characters seems authentic to me, who did not live in that time But it added to the overall flavor of the book Honestly, I feel like it s one of those book that can hardly be critiqued The subject matter and heroine are so utterly harrowing that pointing out any flaws outside of that would appears very petty.Unequivocally one of my favorite books of all time, I think I will buy a beautiful hardbound copy one day and read it again and again.


  4. says:

    I am left swooning over this book A true story that reads like great fiction I loved, loved, loved it, even as I felt every sorrow and injustice conveyed by the author, every verbal and physical abuse, every loss that was faced as a result of hatred and racial discrimination While the heroine of this story may been bloodied and bowed for a time, she was never broken Vyry is a hardworking woman of fortitude, courage, and great faith A wise woman with only love in her heart not only for her family, but for the cruel, cruel world in which she lives.I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King Jr Like MLK Jr., Vyry also knew that hatred can t drive out hatred only love can do that I am humbled and blessed to have read in my opinion, THE great classic Slavery and Civil War story The courage of Vyry is what stands out and will forever stay with me.I m so glad I bought the kindle book and audiobook from Audible Worth every penny in enjoyment and enlightenment Now I want to buy it in hardcover, because it deserves its place on my Favorites shelf Just seeing it on my shelf every day will be a reminder that I, too, can live courageously, as Vyry did throughout her life s formidable struggles.


  5. says:

    4.5 stars for a really enjoyable audiobook Jubilee was one of those books I hadn t heard about until I saw it as an Audible Daily Deal I looked into the history of the book and its author and I found out some interesting things Ms Walker released this story in the 1960s and it was well received In truth, I can see why Many people, including myself, saw this as a realistic story on slavery and the 7 years after it was abolished as it shows both the hope and disappointment that many blacks faced during the before, during, and after the Civil War The story is based on Ms Walker s real life Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather that she wanted to share as a historical fiction.The story switches between multiple points of view but it s done so subtly I wasn t really bothered by it Ms Walker s timing and writing about the switching of thoughts and opinions of the different characters One way Ms Walker introduces us to this switching of POVs is that she starts the story, literally the first chapter, by giving us the backstory of how the main character, Vyry, came into existence Vyry s mother, Sis Hetta, is a slave that gets repeated sexually assaulted by her master, John Dutton, who is also the owner of the plantation she lives on She is 29 yet has a total 15 children through her husband and master by the time she unfortunately passes away from a sickness It s sad how often many female slaves were assaulted by their masters They were seen as practice before marriage and release when men were unsatisfied with their wives It wasn t right, but I knew that Ms Walker wasn t going to shy away from harsh reality slaves, including her own family members, had faced It was even sadder how often the children born from these encounters were seen as their father s property not children The feelings John Dutton has towards Sis Hetta are complex as he seems to genuinely care for her but is unable to grasp it These were slightly common for men of the time Whether it was love or satisfaction in her duty I cannot say.After that the story tends to focus on the life of Vyry and her life We share in loving moments with adopted family members and shockingly horrible moments that many slaves experienced There are holiday celebrations, weddings, and daily duties the Dutton family, the overseer Grimes, and the slaves on the plantation have and they are all so different The Duttons are well respected and rich so they do things in a grand manner and try to be as generous as their natures can afford Grimes is considered a poor middle class man who works hard for a family he has both jealously, respect, and resentment towards as he has to work constantly in all forms of weather He relies on the Duttons and knows they control him a little less than the slaves he controls Lastly, the slaves are below the poverty line as they rely on the Duttons for everything a new pair of clothes and shoes once a year, for example We see the different levels of slaves also in the book the outsides slaves who work the fields and house slaves who help the chores and maintenance of the plantation.There were even mentions of feminine hygiene and how someone would deliver first aid after a slave was beaten or whipped I was surprised and happy the the depth and details Ms Walker went into this story It seemed truly like no stone was left unturned in regards to writing or questions a person would have in a life for all the different people that were in the Deep South The story takes brief breaks with passages of political, social, and economical states of not only the South but the North and nation as a whole Many people have felt that these moments interrupted the flow as a story, but I liked these moments as it helped me understand Vyry s and the other characters lives we follow The characters are very different with different standings throughout the novel born free black versus slave, poor whites versus rich blacks, farmers versus business owners, or educated versus uneducated people are examples of the differences touched on Beware of the possibility that these points added to the complexity of the book.Another arc of the story was the romances Vyry has with two different men Randall Ware, an educated born free black man who owns his own blacksmith business, and Innis Brown, a freed slave who wants to own and work his own farm These men show the different types of men that were around before and after slave Randall was able to use his skills to help the Union Army and become involved in politics to try and better the lives of his fellow blacks He is a stubborn man who I grew to really admire and feel for when he both stumbled and succeeded Innis Brown is an every man for blacks who just wants to fulfill his dream of having a family and living his simple dream of having his own farm and land but struggles due to be unable to read or write There comes a moment where the reader has to ask themselves who they would rather have Vyry with, and, honestly, I couldn t tell you who was the better choice Both men have their flaws and strengths and made me think of men I know personally I grew to really like all the characters including Vyry throughout the book.If I m completely truthful of my feelings I can t say this is a perfect book for me even though it s a super good book As odd as it sounds I feel a part of this unhappiness stems from Vyry being shown as the epitome of a black woman She s strong in her faith, hardworking, talented, stubborn, and loving as person and I love her for those traits However, she can t seem to do anything wrong or make mistakes Something injustice always happens to her but she never seems to do anything to warrant it There are moments where her oldest son, Jim, isn t too happy with her but he believes that she has to be the way she is out of womanly loyalty to her husband Nobody is perfect or want to write bad about their dead family member most of the time but not always and in this case I feel it kind of hindered the story and Vyry s further growth has a person.Lastly, I really enjoyed Robin Miles as a narrator I ve heard another audiobook narrated by her previously and found her to be the best part of that story It wasn t my favorite sci fi She voiced about 20 people throughout the story and other minor characters, yet made the voices distinct enough to not get too confusing for me to follow That is a job well done If you find a book with Robin Miles as the narrator definitely try to listen to it.


  6. says:

    By now, I ve read plenty of books set in antebellum south, and although this novel does not score as high as kindred or incidents in the life of a slave girl, it s still fairly good It s the only one that I ve read which captures the antebellum era, civil war, and the reconstruction period My favourite aspect of the novel was the portrayal of the reconstruction era The reconstruction period was truly a period of lost hopes and dreams It seemed as if United States may have been able to achieve equality for the newly freed slaves, especially with the radical republicans in power, but hatred and intolerance was too powerful and too much of a barrier I always found the reconstruction period to be quite a tragic period in American history because civil rights was almost close to being obtained 90 years earlier Although this book ends up in a happy note, it war far from so for many who lived during those times It must have felt overwhelming to be given your rights vote, hold office, fair trail , and then for it to be taken away once , and then be plunged back into another period of torment and terror, but KKK and lynching this time around instead of slavery.Although I like how the story was laid out and told, I felt quite detached from the main character The story follows the Character of Vyry, who was born to a slave mistress and a white planter She was too amiable and pleasant of a character for me to dislike, however, I still found her character to be sort of plain She never fully seemed to open up In my opinion, the character came off as reserved However, the story does not always focus on Vyry It sometimes switches perspectives between the overseer, or her mistress or some other character The other characters were engaging, however, the author never manages to capture the character s personality in a way that makes them stand out For instance, Vyry s father is kind, but he comes off as uncaring and uninterested in his daughter, and we are never given the full scope of why this is so I think it s just assumed that since he s a planter, he would never show much care for his illegitimate daughter, but you would think since he s much kinder than his wife or other planters that it would also be reflected in the way he treats his daughter Yet he he treats her almost as if she s insignificant and sees her merely as a useful slave He s not harsh, he just doesn t notice or pay attention to her Nonetheless, she does manages to capture the historical aspect, which I greatly enjoyed.


  7. says:

    JubileeThroughout my life when someone asks me what my favorite book is, my response is usually Gone With The Wind have read and watched it over 20 times in my life My mother s line is Southern Northern, and it goes like that all the way back to the Mayflower, to Miss Priscilla Mullins It was always a mild laugh getter that her people fought each other to get to us Westerners The Truly Chosen I was unaware and Ignorant as my Texan Granny would say of the other side of the GWTW coin or that there even was another book out there with even gravitas about the time and the struggle I don t know how the book came up on my reading radar, but I am ever thankful that it did, and will now look further into Margaret Walker s writings.The endings of the two books deserve their own comparison.Scarlett s method of surviving Rhett s not giving a damn I ll think about it tomorrow .for tomorrow is another day and burying her heart in Tara, and Vyry s greeting the circumstance of having lost so much, to then be presented with so many loose ends all in one room just begging to be tied burying her heart in Her People I loved it and was stunned to realize that for 20 times I d only considered half the story.Vyry s life was an education to me, and a shame in so many ways My race hung on me in a very unattractive way How could my ancestors justify their actions How did those beatings, brandings, whippings, hangings happening within their world affect them How did they not do all they could to prevent them Change them Make things right In my lifetime I had a living, breathing, Southern uncle with who there was no way to reason his Arkansan statement was God s Truth and that was all there was to it he was the stereotype straight through to his spine But in the 80 s 90 s, sitting in the heart of Sacramento he was just an amusing, old feller of which I was fond but the horror of it is when he s everyone and there s only one of me laughing.wasn t that long ago, and I m worried that it is still out there in the dark corners.If you haven t read this, gird up your loins and do Close your eyes and imagine yourself there I listened to this, so could do that It was a shock opening my eyes to the freedoms, comforts and High Expectations Met that surround me even on my bleakest days.We still need to change, we still have minds that need to accept differences, and seek truth and justice that treats all humans with the same brush We are still not even close And some days it feels like we are in a terrible backslide.


  8. says:

    Imagine waking up each morning, knowing that your life was not yours to live, that you were under someone else s control Imagine waking up and knowing that you had a hard day s labor, and you weren t getting paid Imagine if you tried to quit this job, you would be whipped mercilessly.For Elvira Vyry Brown, this wasn t anything to imagine, it was her life Born a slave to her white master and his black slave mistress, fate was not on her side from the get go Oh her early life, up until age six was charmed so to speak Her only job was to play with her half sister and keep her company That was until she reached working age seven After that Vyry s place on the plantation became clear, first as a house servant, later as the head cook The story, written by Vyry s great granddaughter Margaret Walker, takes us from her birth, through her life as a slave, to her eventual freedom Her path to freedom was not easy but Vyry demonstrated an unquestionable faith throughout She also demonstrated a kind and giving heart by taking care of the very people who persecuted her throughout life Margaret Walker heard the story of Vyry from her grandmother, Vyry s daughter Minna How precious the words must have seemed You can feel the love and admiration through each paragraph of this book It s not just an autobiography, it a family history and it s wonderfully written I was drawn into this book from the beginning The way that the author described the emotions and the plantation activities was so vivid Having read other autobiographies about this time, I found that Margaret Walker is a top storyteller in this genre By the time I finished this book, I had no doubt about the character of Vyry Brown Definitely a great read for a lover of African American history, Civil War buffs, and anyone who is interested in learning about that time frame Love and Blessings Margaret


  9. says:

    I picked up Jubilee at a time when I was horribly sick from the effects of toxic mold Since toxic mold spits out toxins I became chemically sensitive At the time I was living in a small room, no kitchen, no furniture, sleeping on the hardwood I had nothing but a crock pot and four pieces of organic clothing fiercely wondering how I was going to survive in a toxic world I was attracted to Jubilee and it saved me from collapsing into my own life It is a courageous story of a Black American woman I don t want to give it away but it is a must read for anyone wanting to be inspired and learn appreciation I literally couldn t put it down I carried it in my purse and read it at every opportunity This is what literature is about.


  10. says:

    This is a solid example of great story telling This novel, written in 1966, is the combined result of the author s 30 years of research of the ante bellum years, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and her own great grandmother s oral history passed down through her family If you love historical fiction, great story telling or thought provoking novels, you will probably love this book.


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