Black Girl/White Girl

Black Girl White Girl In Genna Hewett Meade s college roommate died a mysterious violent death partway through their freshman year Minette Swift had been assertive fiercely individualistic and one of the few black

  • Title: Black Girl/White Girl
  • Author: Joyce Carol Oates
  • ISBN: 9780061125652
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1975 Genna Hewett Meade s college roommate died a mysterious, violent death partway through their freshman year Minette Swift had been assertive, fiercely individualistic, and one of the few black girls at their exclusive, enlightened college and Genna, daughter of a prominent civil defense lawyer, felt duty bound to protect her at all costs But fifteen years later,In 1975 Genna Hewett Meade s college roommate died a mysterious, violent death partway through their freshman year Minette Swift had been assertive, fiercely individualistic, and one of the few black girls at their exclusive, enlightened college and Genna, daughter of a prominent civil defense lawyer, felt duty bound to protect her at all costs But fifteen years later, while reconstructing Minette s tragic death, Genna is forced to painfully confront her own past life and identityd her deepest beliefs about social obligation in a morally gray world.Black Girl White Girl is a searing double portrait of race and civil rights in post Vietnam America, captured by one of the most important literary voices of our time.

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    1. The title and book description are misleading. The book has very little to do with race relations, and more to do with the white girl's dysfunctional relationship with her politically controversial father and her own feelings of guilt. The characters are not at all likable, or even ones I could relate to or understand. The white girl tries obnoxiously hard to befriend her black roommate, who everyone else--including the other black students--finds intolerable. The white girl's fixation is rather [...]

    2. Truth in advertising would require this book to be called White Girl. Ostensibly about two college roommates, one the scion of a white liberal family with a long history of progressive politics and the other the daughter of an African-American minister, it's really about Genna, the white girl of the title, and her relationship w/her radical chic parents and her longing to befriend and be trusted by Minette, the black girl of the title. We see Minette through Genna's eyes, and as even fifteen yea [...]

    3. From the title of this book and the soundbites on the back cover you would assume this is a book about race in 1960s America. And it is, but it is also a book about a lot more. Mostly, to me, it seemed to be a book about white middle class guilt and political correctness.The story is written as the 'confession' of Genna Meade, a white 18 year old girl from a rich yet extremely dysfunctional family. Genna's parents are aging radical hippies who have rejected their elitist upbringing and inheritan [...]

    4. Read for my American Postmodernism class. This is a novel that attempts to demonstrate and examine the American college experience for a person of colour, yet as a white author Oates is careful not to adopt a false voice on behalf of black college students, but instead writes from the perspective of a white girl sharing a dorm with a black girl. What follows is a juxtaposition of the two, working as both a contrast and bonding for the two characters who are aware of their societal differences, a [...]

    5. While I was expecting superior writing from a novelist as celebrated as Oates (this was my first one) and didn't consistently find it, I have to give her credit for tackling an unusual and difficult subject. White Girl's unrequited yearning for friendship with her (Black Girl) roommate rings true for the time and place depicted. It's a little mysterious as to why Oates chose to make Black Girl so strange and troubled. But then White Girl was pretty troubled too, probably par for the course for t [...]

    6. When I was a 10 years old Cub Scout having a regular meeting at TW’s house, his mother found a piece of cake behind the couch; it seemed important to her to determine who had dropped it there. When no one accepted responsibility she took us aside one by one to be questioned about our possible guilt or our possible knowledge of who was guilty. Later I heard that the criminal was found out, but not how or who. That same year I dropped a quarter behind a couch in my house and couldn’t find it n [...]

    7. I saw some other reviews about how the title and inside jacket were misleading, and I too thought it was about one thing, when it really was about another, but I do not think that should dissuade anyone from reading this strangely suspenseful and mildly uncomfortable book. I say suspenseful because there is a build up to this tragic death that we have all been waiting for since page 1, as Gemma Meade recalls 15 years later the months leading up to the day that her college roommate Minette Swift [...]

    8. I was completely misled by the summary of this book in the inside jacket. I really thought " Black Girl/White Girl" was about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murder of black liberal arts student at predominately white private school and her roommates finally admiting 15 years later that show was involved and/or know who killed her. Boy, was I mistaken. This is probably the lamest book I've read in years. Minnette Swift "The black girl" is one of the most unlikeable characters in lit [...]

    9. We're accustomed to thinking of race in terms of it being fraught with tension. It has import; it's a Big Deal. The strength (or weakness, depending on who you ask) of Black Girl/White Girl is that it is a book ostensibly about race written at a very close, personal range. It is an ordinary story about ordinary individuals who are in circumstances that put them ill-at-ease. Genna's circumstances are ones she's grown up with and obsessed over for a long time; Minette's are ones that seem to be re [...]

    10. Shy Genna Meade is descended from hippie activists and abolitionist quakers. Self assured Minette Swift is the daughter of a preacher and one of the few Black students at Schuyler College. Can Genna overcome Minette's tough exterior to reach the person underneath she desperately wants to connect to?I actually put this down when I first bought it, after a few chapters I couldn't seem to get into it. I picked it up 2 years later and sped right through. Joyce Carol Oates prose is absolutely beautif [...]

    11. Black Girl / White Girl tells the story of Genna Hewett-Mead who is reflecting on a traumatic event in her past. Fifteen years ago, in 1975 while attending an exclusive women’s liberal arts college near Philadelphia, her roommate Minette Swift died a mysterious and violent death. Minette was a scholarship student and one of the few African American women to be let into the college. Genna, a quiet woman of privilege got to witness the effects of racism first hand as the racist harassment escala [...]

    12. I don't get it, and like the another reviewer, I found the author's infatuation with oily black skin, and greasy nappy hair annoying. Or maybe that's how it's supposed to be. Genna had liberal parents and a father who seemed to protest for civil rights and stressed "White Guilt". And maybe the author wrote the way she did in order to stress Genna's white guilt. Something that comes from an utter lack of knowing, of never having been around any Black people to know who they are. Of having certain [...]

    13. Well, I guess it's inevitable that a prolific writer of 50+ novels would write a clunker or two. I've been a big fan of her dour prose for decades now, and not once have I disliked anything she's bestowed upon us. And then there's the poorly-titled (if not -conceived) "Black Girl White Girl" starts promisingly enough, with our "white girl", a daughter of a wealthy liberal Quaker family (a family with ties to Black rights movements and the Underground Railroad) who goes off to college in the mid [...]

    14. This was good, but apparently not good enough for me to remember too well. I know it was compelling, and had something to do with a self-concious, but proud, young Southern black girl who wound up roommates with a self-hating liberal whitey from Pennsylvania. The black girl's own deliberate extracation of herself from the uppity school's largely white, but even black, female community baffles and intrigues her friend, who guiltily takes pride in having a black friend, and uses it as a token to c [...]

    15. Although this book took quite awhile to get into (169 pages, to be precise), I'm glad I read it. Joyce Carol Oates has written a ridiculous number of books, and I was worried her style would be like the female version of Nicholas Sparks--not quite chick-litty or romance, but justI don't know, 'cheap'. She's definitely not.There are several techniques she uses that other writers might want to try--her different formations for flashbacks, her repetition of certain phrases/thoughts, the clues of am [...]

    16. After having reading Oates' 'Black Water' I longed to read more of her work - and came to reading this one. Oates' characterisation is impeccable here and her control of plot and narrative is enviable. This book really does make you look into yourself and will lead you to find things that maybe you didn't want to notice. Although the political sections of the book dragged slightly, the mysterious characters of Genna and Minette kept me hooked. I'll most definitely be reading more of Oates' work [...]

    17. Black Girl/White Girl is the first Joyce Carol Oates book I've read. I am not sure why I've steered away from her books but I am glad I picked this one up to read. I was able to relate to the racial tensions on the university campus in this book because the same tensions and protests were part of my university career. Many parts of the book drew me back into my 60s experiences. All in all this was a very good read for me.

    18. Oates does such a good job at exploring anxiety and neurosis . I could feel every ounce of the tension and social awkwardness between Genna and Minette, and I really got inside their crazy heads. This was a great snapshot of a particular moment in time as well as a fascinating character study.I wasn't crazy about the subplot with Genna's father (it was one of those things that either needed more development or to just be dropped completely) but that's a minor nitpick.

    19. WHITE TEARSA: Ok, sono le 5 del mattino e non riesco a dormire e domani si lavora, quindi apriamo l’angolo della riflessione.Di due romanzi che ho letto della Oates (questo, e l’imbarazzante Stupro), sono rimasta equamente annoiata, disgustata e infastidita. Dirai tu, e anche giustamente: due romanzi su una bibliografia da più di cinquanta non è granché, come statistica. E infatti, non ho intenzione di arrendermi.Resta però il fatto che quello che non mi scende della Oates ha a che fare [...]

    20. The problem when reading the works of a writer that is as accomplished as Oates is that it is hard to simply take what is on the surface as all there is. Ostensibly this is a book about two girl college roommates from very different backgrounds, one black and one white of course, who misunderstand each other from faulty assumptions. But I found myself trying to read into the first person narrative that the white girl is a very unreliable narrator.The book is a narrative about how the white girl [...]

    21. In the searing style of Joyce Carol Oates, we come to know the characters of this tale of the seventies: a story of black and white differences, racial discrimination, and the gray areas of morality.Two girls from very different backgrounds share a room in the dorm at Schuyler College near Philadelphia: A black minister's daughter from Washington, D. C and the daughter of Maximilian Meade, wealthy and privileged, yet representing the civil rights of anti-war protestors and terrorists; he is also [...]

    22. Disclaimer: do not read this book in search of a happy ending. You won't find it here. I promise.Generva Meade, daughter of radical activist lawyer Maximillian Meade and ex-flower child Veronica Hewett-Meade, is in her freshman year at Schuyler College, some old Quaker school founded by her great grandfather and known for promoting racial integration. She seeks friendship with her roomate Minette Swift, a Merit scholar student, daughter of Revered Virgil Swift.Generva tries from the start to ear [...]

    23. Joyce Carol Oates is a very smart author. She knows a lot about location, a lot about history, and a lot about language. However, as a reader, I often find myself feeling very aware of these things as I read her books: that she, as the author, is going to tell me about this location or this event in history or that now, she is going to use this particularly literary device to tell this section of her story. Instead of enhancing her stories, it often fragments them for me, the reader.In Black Gir [...]

    24. This was a dreadful book with appalling characters. Minette is the 'Black Girl' from the title, a preacher's daughter. She is the rudest, most obnoxious, spiteful bitch that you can imagine and goes out of her way to make everyone despise her. 'White Girl' is her room mate Genna, who tries to be her friend but is constantly rebuffed. Genna is a complete wimp of a doormat who lets Minette walk all over her and you get the impression that she is too scared to admit she hates her in case people thi [...]

    25. This book was an interesting exploration of a fictional Caucasian character Genevra Meade, who was assigned to room with an African-American young woman and the story of what happens, their relationship, some insights/questions into race relations, and eventually the death of that roommate (this is revealed in the blurb on the book jacket, so I don't feel like it's a spoiler). I like the way the author spins out details about the characters - some older remembered details and some newer currentl [...]

    26. gosh, i really disliked this book it was boring, the title was misleading, the characters totally unlikablei may be somewhat dense, but i just did not get what this book was about? a troubled black girl on a merit scholarship to a private northeast college in the mid 70s? or her equally troubled white roommate struggling with her wacky childhood growing up as the daughter of a radical lawyer? i feel robbed of my time. the title was misleading- and the book itself is misleading-very early in the [...]

    27. "'Scuseme.""'Scuseme?""'Scuseme!""'Scuseme."This was horrible. I can't believe a writer as talented and respected as Joyce Carol Oates would write such pointless drivel. Every single character is unlikable to the point that I hoped they all died, the plot is all over the place and the narrator is a dumbass. The title and jacket summary are misleading, too: The book isn't about race relations, a mysterious death or even the two girls. Hell, I flipped through the final pages so quickly just be don [...]

    28. part of me: this is a great read about privilege and guilt. set in Pennsylvania at a College in the 70s, which frankly is refreshing. another part of me: um, this story some chick's dad issues is not what i signed up for. three stars.

    29. I had a lot of feelings about this one none of them particularly good. whilereadingandwalking.tumblr.

    30. Drew me in, getting deeper and deeper into the characters and their themes of loneliness, separation and redemption

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