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Eaders understand Linden Hill s better and then ultimately ourselves isn t lost In conclusion Linden Hills is actually my favorite book I ve read this year so far It surface hot buttons on race relations poverty prosperity and the image we all want to portray are just a looking glass for the real point of this story Whether my interpretation be right or wrong I hope to never lose myself or my personal truth to conform to any xclusive faction at the cost of my soul I think I ll just rescind my application and let it burn Copy provided by Open Road Media via Netgalley If anything was the problem with Linden Hills it was that nothing seemed to be what it really was Everything was turned upside down in that place This is most definitely a book I d deem a necessary inclusion in the Essential Gloria Naylor Reads This is another amazing read I read Gloria s Mama Day when I was young and probably didn t have the capacity to appreciate such books Having read that one book I kind of put her books to the side for decades as books that I was not too fond of only to rediscover her work at this late stage and want to kick myself after Modern South Asia each read for not having read sooner Ms Naylor s voice is poetic always poignant and she is one of the ultimate masters of the combined short story She has this infallible art for incorporating characters who could stand alone in independent short stories and weaving them together into a beautifully writtenxpose or privileged glance into the cogs of the African American community Gloria Naylor tells the stories that we know but don t talk about All of her characters always have some strangely familiar personality trait You know these people You grew up with them You lived down the street from a neighbor like this She reminds me of a lady from my church I know their story You relate You can put real life faces to the stories she tells Gloria Naylor is giving you the inside story on that man you see walk his dog The uncanny resemblance to real life is astounding Her books are purely intoxicating Within our community we might say to Picture Theory each other Girl did you hear about old Luther down on Tupelo Drive What he did to his wifeYet here is Gloria transcending life into poetic thought There is a man in a house at the bottom of a hill And his wife has no nameThe rich The poor No matter what mask you walk the neighborhood wearing resistance is futile Gloria Naylor is taking us across the manicured lawns behind the closed doors past the draped windows into the rooms down into the bowels of basements into histories and inside souls What is ticking behind theyelids of the Linden Hills residents is astounding It s almost as if the neighborhood itself is a living breathing Ancestral Voices entity of the third spiritual kind On the surface Linden Hills is anxclusive neighborhood filled with successful African American residents These people work hard and feel they deserve the And Bid Him Sing exclusivity that can only be derived from living on the most prominent street in Linden Hills near the great great grandson of its founder Luther Nedeed Snooty stuck up on the surface these people set themselves aside from the rest of the world outside their perfect homes and their aspirant model community Reminiscent of some cult if you are included you are included in all theirvents Everyone knows one another If you are Aristotle Detective (Aristotle excluded you may be ushered out of the balustrades of the communityntrance by policeThe original residents of Linden Hills had something to prove When the country was ruled by racial intolerance and segregation The original residents were seeking to create a place where the successful of their communities could come live and create their own Bones, Clones, and Biomes exclusive utopia with their hardarned money A sort of community within the community for successful African Americans They had a pride for what they worked hard for and there was a process for ntry and inclusion However the current residents are a defunct shadow of what their predecessors attempted to be The originals felt since they worked hard and they could not move into better communities due to their race they d create their own The current residents are strutting their wealth upon their backs like peacock feathers and fighting amongst themselves to upgrade to the best mansion like houses on Tupelo Drive near Luther Needed These people are troubled These current residents obsessed with status competition and vanity have lost their souls to their distorted dreams of material gain For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul This is the crux of the issue concerning the current residents of Linden Hills They have xchanged their souls for matter They ve released them into the atmosphere to become a part of the mass of dying spirits that below the surface is Linden Hills The thick heavy gummy mass of something indescribable that has risen up from its inhabitants and only is noticeable to those who don t belong Like Willie Mason Willie Mason didn t grow up living inside the confines of Linden Hills but his best friend Lester Tilison had Willie never had much living in the same town but outside of Linden Hills his family was poor Lester s family lived in Linden Hills His grandmother having been one of the original residents but her refusal to kowtow to the whims of the infamous Needed family caused them to live on the rails of the Linden Hills society They had the house but had to struggle for the money Willie always wished he lived there Lester rebellious rejected verything it stood for ven though the wa. E precise ualifications are Building the Cold War everyone knows that only certain people get to live there and that they want to be among themOnce people get to Linden Hills the uest continues subtle butually fierce the goal is a house on Tupelo Drive the pitome of achievement and visible success No one notices that the prope.
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Back when I was in university I believe that was about 5 minutes ago I had a young professor who launched the first African American Women s Literature at Western It was a seminar course and I couldn t wait until my 4th year when I d be able to take it And then when I got there it was offered in the same semester as another one I d committed to and I couldn t take it I was devastated but the prof gave me his syllabus so I could read along and that s how I was introduced to Gloria Naylor The book was Mama Day and it was breathtaking I ve since read it two times along with Bailey s Cafe The Women of Brewster Place and the Men of Brewster Place But the one book I have on my shelf that I d never read was Linden Hills You don t have to sell your soul to live in Linden Hills says the tagline on the cover you give it away piece by piece It s the story of a housing development built overlooking the cotton fields that once were filled with African American slaves The development is occupied by African Americans who have come from all over America just to try to get a piece of this property a way of showing that they ve made it in the world and have overcome their pasts and it s owned by a man named Luther Nedeed and very generation s Luther has a son whom he names Luther so the property always remains in the same name Just reading the introduction I thought to myself Oh Gloria how I ve missed you Every word is like poetry Counter-Amores every hurt that someone feels is like a dagger through your own heart She knows how to scrape the absolute bottom that humanity can reach and yet show something beautiful in it From the long introduction where we read anpic tale of the Nedeed family culminating in the present day Luther making a drastic move because he believes his wife has been unfaithful to him to the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern characters Willie and Lester who are making their way through Linden Hills in the week leading up to Christmas doing odd jobs for folks in an Dancing at Armageddon effort to save money for Christmas and thus moving in and out of all the other individual stories to the history professor who s devoted his life to studying the socialffects of living in Linden Hills to the families of Linden Hills who moved there for a better life and found themselves drowning in it this is such a sad beautiful book It s not uplifting and there s very little hope Double Jeopardy eked out of these pages but it s a book that will resonate with you long after you ve finished Gloria Naylor author of The Women of Brewster Place grants the world another chance to read why she s considered a literary champion When I began reading Naylor s Linden Hills I was not familiar with her works nor had any inclination to be Oh how foolish I have been all these years I didn t realize until the last word that I missed her voiceWhen I first reuested Linden Hills for review it was simply because of the cover I m totally one of those people who judges books by their cover I can t help it and I know I m not alone in this matter Once I was given access to the title I realized I d stumbled upon a true literary creation that I dither get or not get Literary fiction always seems to intimidate me I wonder if I ll get it Will I have trudged along through masterful prose after masterful prose and simply not understand Understanding literature in a meaningful way is a community I desire to belong I am similar to the people who desire to live in Linden HillsLinden Hills is known all over the Western world for being an Composition and Literature exclusive community that all want to belong to No one uite knows what the reuirements are to getting in this neighborhood but it is the creme de la creme of where to call home Outsiders to this community see the opulence withnvy They are blind to the true sad disturbed Cezanne and Provence existence that really lay in wait for a place that is soxclusive yet always has an openingOur primary tour guides through this heaven on Dark Voices earth are Willie Lester Two friends who are thicker than blood withach other Although they are best friends they are both very different One glaring difference is that one lives in Linden Hills and the other lives in the neighboring town of Putney Wayne Putney Wayne isn t xactly the place to be or the place to be from It s considered low although it looks down geographically on Linden Hills The irony is not lost on anyone that the world s most happening place to call home is at the bottom of the hill is not lost on me And I m surprised to be ven that smartI guess my application into the Linden Hill s of reviewers looks slightly better Gloria Naylor s Linden Hill s is a contemporary take on Dante s Inferno With Lester and Willie as our guides we happen upon the nine circles of hell We meet the people of Linden Hills and learn how their stories intertwine Before long it s obvious there s a heart and soul that is missing in Linden Hill s Perhaps that heart and soul died generations ago when the first lease contract for a 1000 years was signedHow s that for adding another bullet point into the Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) exclusive reviewer s club Sure I could be a snarky witty orven completely dimwitted reviewer but I want in I want in although I don t know why There s just something about this Creating Country Music exclusive membership I have no choice but to attain Either way Naylor had me glued to the pages of Linden Hill s and it saddened me to part withach character I met On the surface they all seemed so real and it almost makes me mad that much of their stories were not perfectly sealed with some form of conclusion But their necessity on helping Lester Willie and us A world away from Brewster Place yet intimately connected to it lies Linden Hills With its showcase homes legant lawns and other trappings of wealth Linden Hills is not unlike other affluent black communities But residence in this community is indisputable vidence of making it Although no one knows what th.
Ys of the community had already been ingrained into his soul Lester rejected the Evolutionary Patterns education his mother so desperately wanted him to have rendering him a jobless young man with pipe dreams of becoming a famous poet One year around The Christmas season a friend suggests that Willie and Lester could make some money for the holidays by soliciting odd jobs up in Linden Hills Through Willie and Lester we meet the complex inhabitants of Linden Hills With Lester as our guide and Willies unjaded perspectiveach story of this living breathing community is told If you never thought a place could have a personality you need to read this book In the book from his first Evolution As Entropy encounter Willie had dreams and that is whatntering Linden Hills is like I imagine when you take that first step inside this Forging Gay Identities exclusive community you d feel your skin prickle with anr of something you just can t put your finger on And as you move amongst the streets and the drives toward the bottom near the Needed place you d feel your heart jump up into your throat and that mysterious unnamed something we all have would tell us to Go Back Immediately Don t go there It s funny I remember watching the Women of Brewster Place movie ages ago when Cicely Tyson played MelanieKiswana Browne s mom and she mentioned they were from Linden Hills I had no idea of this book at the time but remember thinking by the way she played the roll it must be some very snooty place I was so Forbidden History ecstatic upon my reintroduction of Gloria Naylor to discover this book I loved it I give this book a 5star rating I 100% recommended it toveryone because I feel it s Fiche Blian ag Fás essential reading on so many levels You can look atconomically sociologically historically psychoanalytically the limits are Esteem Enlivened by Desire endless for dissecting this book for those thatnjoy pulling apart for deeper meaning For those who just want to read some good fiction as I did when I set out this is a great book It s relative It s funny at times It s a book you can talk back to and you really can t put it down I look forward to reading of Gloria Naylor s books Success is one of the most popular topics of the modern Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith era This is a world populated with self help books that will help you start your new business spend your money wiser change your mindset so that it s better than those around youat a plant based diet among other things What these books as well as images of success scattered on Social Media don t often show you is the suffering that can accompany success The traps that await you once you make it Until you read Linden HillsLinden Hills is a Black community that is ran by the Nedeed family but we are given a tour of this community through a brief snapshot of lives of Willie aka White and Lester aka Shit Through White Shit we meet all kinds of characters who are thriving suffering fronting stunting and much Through Linden we see a version of Black Power politics not often written about in African American Literature Black Financial Power We see the mindset that accompanies it The sacrifices the discipline the impact the studiousness the tragedies All while Willie Lester are just trying to hustle nough money to buy their loved ones or those they are trying to impresslove on some Christmas giftsLinden Hills is worth reading for scathing critiue Gloria Naylor gives the Black Bourgeoisie as well as the humor For the humanity offered to those who she critiues for the view into the world of making it while Black in America It makes you wonder if those who make it are doing it for themselves or are they doing it for those around themAfter all when I was reading this I did say to myself This novel reminds me of Instagram Don t forget to participate in my 10Books10Decades Challenge This is my first ntry and this is my book of the 1980sClick on the link for information on the 10Books10Decades Challenge This is one I will be thinking about for uite a whileLinden Hills has a lot to say about conformity and passivity and buying into pre conceived views and standards It deconstructs the American dream of success and wealth and progress and Naylor specifically criticizes assimilation conforming to white and patriarchal standards The characters who have made it to Linden Hills have sacrificed They Shall Be One Flesh everything of true value to live a lifestyle which on the outside symbolizes success and their inner lives are seeped of color and passion and true humanmotion as a result The fact that the first Luther Needed supposedly bought the land with money gained from the sale of his wife and children into slavery is an The Heritage of Arabo-Islamic Learning extreme and very symbolicxample Another is Maxwell who is practically cyborg than human and Winston s conformity is Hereward (Hereward, especially tragic The women Laurel whoven after her divorce displacement and death is still referred to as Howard s wife and all the Needed wives who are literally Under One Sky eclipsed andrased by the men in their lives are specially vulnerable in the patriarchal Linden Hills When I first read the blurb on the back cover a resonant novel that takes as its model Dante s Inferno my interest was immediately piued I love when modern novels allude to classic literature and mythology and since I went into it looking for connections they were asy to spot The two poets journeying through the circular drives meeting lost souls Luther Lucifer down by the frozen lake the literal inferno that consumes him at the ndall pretty blatant references Blatant and awesome I was reminded a lot of Faustus too since they all sort of sold their souls when conforming to the rules of LutherLucifer Very cool book. Rty on Tupelo Drive goes back on sale uickly; no one uestions why there are always vacancies at Linden HillsIn a resonant novel that takes as its model Dante's Inferno Gloria Naylor reveals the truth about the American dream that the price of success may very well be a journey down to the lowest circle of he.
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Gloria Naylor was an African American novelist whose most popular work The Women of Brewster Place was made into a 1984 film starring Oprah WinfreyNaylor won the National Book Award for first fiction in 1983 for The Women of Brewster Place Her subseuent novels included Linden Hills Mama Day and Bailey's Cafe In addition to her novels Naylor wrote essays and screenplays as well as the stag