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National Authors Day

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National Authors Day

Today’s authors celebration is specifically towards American authors. Although my favourite authors are British in origin there are a few American authors who wrote the most delightful and inspiring stories. It is important to note that the American author whose novel I have enjoyed the most is  Harper Lee. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my most beloved stories because of the skill in using an effective child narrator and addressing the issues of racism and discrimination. With Harper Lee’s newer novel Go Set A Watchman– published in 2015- it reveals that  To Kill A Mockingbird is actually an edited version and  I thought this editor is really skilled. However it did lead me to wonder at Harper Lee’s attitude towards racism in the South during the time period. I still have not read Go Set A Watchman. It is well to know, also that one of the other American author whose story delighted me is Louisa May Alcott. Little Women is a quaint story surrounding girls in their transition to womanhood influenced by their environment. I am still disappointed by the Theodore and Jo ending though! Another profound American author is Lorraine Hansberry.  A Raisin In the Sun  is one of the most precise, passionate and chilling account of a  black family quest to survive in a discriminatory society.

These are a  few of the American authors whose stories stayed with me for many years. Let us celebrate the authors who made our lives more enjoyable.

A Raisin In The Sun

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Representation Of Black Life

 Lorraine Hansberry

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Did you know?

Lorraine Hansberry used a line from Langston Hughes poem Harlem as the title for her play, ‘A Raisin In The Sun?’:

what happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Langston Hughes and His Poetry

 

It is interesting to note the playwright named the play ‘The Crystal Stair’ but later changed the name to A Raisin In The Sun. It is a play about a black family struggling in Chicago, opening in theatre on March 11th, 1959.

In one of the scenes Mama plans to move her family to an all white neighbour of Clybourne Park to the initial dismay of the other family members. In fact, the community offer to buy the house from Mama because they do not want her family moving into their section of town.

It may very well be a reflection on real events because Lorraine Hansberry recalls her family attacked violently in an all white neighbourhood.The family made the move in 1938 but refused to leave until a Supreme Court order from the Hansberry vs Lee case.

Time And Place Book Tag

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Reading

Via Wikipedia with modification

In my humble opinion, Time and Place Book Tag is one of the most interesting book tag I stumbled upon because it makes you think about your reading journey. Jen Campbell, creator of the tag on YouTube, asks you to think of 10 ten books and what you were doing when you read them. It is mind provoking isn’t it? However, instead of 10 books, I will do 5, just for the sake of brevity and because I have done so many memes with 5 that the number sticks in my head. haha.

let us dive into it:

1.Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
.Jane Austen

The first time I read this book, it was at A’Level for English Literature. It was the first semester of the academic year when I studied my first Jane Austen read. I remember my English Literature teacher clearly (one of the best EL teachers in my academic life) and the discussions in class with myself and the other 6 students. Yes, it was a very small class and if I remember clearly there were 7 of us.
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