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The G. Review
The G. Review
There is only one thing I love more in this life than a bookish, nerdy, full-figured woman, and that is a book or a good story. So here is a quick review of a short story I just read.
Sonny's Blues is not an inspiring tale, anymore than it is a depressing one. What Sonny's Blue is, is a story about how so many young black people escape one form of slavery, only to fall victim to another. Sonny, the story's protaganist, is one of those young black men that has found it easier to swim against the current, than to go with the flow. Which in circa 1957, meant washing dishes or some other "fine job" reserved for black folks back then. Although Sonny's brother, who is unnamed this story, is a school teacher, the reader is made to feel that Sonny's brother is the exception to the rule. In one of the more powerful pieces of writing in the story, Sonny's brother, reflects on the boys he teaches by saying "Yet it had happened and here I was, talking about algebra to a lot of boys who might, every one of them for all I knew, be popping off needles every time they went to the head." Then this powerful sentence, "Maybe it did more for them then algebra could." In Sonny's Blues, Bladwin seems to becoming from a place that know all to well the limitations that blacks, at times, impose on themselves. How by some quirk of nature many young black have found it easier to swim up stream. Against the current.
This story gets three GGGs
GGG=Good Golly Gee
GGGG=Good Golly Gee Gads
GGGGG=Good Golly Gee Gads Good