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Girl, Woman, Other

Auteur(s): Bernardine Evaristo
Narrateur(s): Anna-Maria Nabirye
Durée: 11 h et 6 min
Catégories: Littérature, Contemporain
4.5 out of 5 stars (39 évaluations)

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From one of Britain's most celebrated writers of color, Girl, Woman, Other is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of black British women. Winner of the 2019 Booker Prize and short-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, Girl, Woman, Other paints a vivid portrait of the state of post-Brexit Britain, as well as looking back to the legacy of Britain's colonial history in Africa and the Caribbean.

The 12 central characters of this multi-voiced novel lead vastly different lives: Amma is a newly acclaimed playwright whose work often explores her black lesbian identity; her old friend, Shirley, is a teacher, jaded after decades of work in London's funding-deprived schools; Carole, one of Shirley's former students, is a successful investment banker; Carole's mother, Bummi, works as a cleaner and worries about her daughter's lack of rootedness despite her obvious achievements. From a nonbinary social media influencer to a 93-year-old woman living on a farm in Northern England, these unforgettable characters also intersect in shared aspects of their identities, from age to race to sexuality to class.

Sparklingly witty and filled with emotion, centering voices we often see othered, and written in an innovative fast-moving form that borrows technique from poetry, Girl, Woman, Other is a polyphonic and richly textured social novel that shows a side of Britain we rarely see, one that reminds us of all that connects us to our neighbors, even in times when we are encouraged to be split apart.

©2019 Bernardine Evaristo (P)2019 by Blackstone Publishing

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Great book, captivating narrator

This was my first time reading a Bernardine Evaristo book. And I REALLY enjoyed it, especially the way the story linked each character to the one in the chapter before and/or after the other. The intersection of the key themes - culture, gender, women, society, sexual orientation, immigration, social circles, and family resonated with me and made me think of my own experiences as a young, South Asian, woman and about the women in my life, their struggles, sacrifices, accomplishments and experiences.

I highly recommend this book. Even though peoples’ lives intersect so much each person has their own unique story, struggle and experiences to share, and this book is a reminder of that.

The narrator was great, I was captivated throughout the entire audiobook.

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Amazing listen

Really enjoyed listening to this book. Some parts of the text are really poetic so it was a powerful experience listening to those parts. Anna-Maria has done a fantastic job narrating this book!

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Extraordinary

A fascinating novel, interweaving multiple story lines and characters through various time periods in Britain. It's a raw, honest portrayal of women's experiences in this world, from varying perspectives. Immensely enjoyable and engaging.

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  • Kelly
  • 2019-12-20

smart, compassionate, confronting and enjoyable

Although this is a book of short stories, they are so well connected one to another that the book reads like a novel. There are twelve chapters, each featuring a different character. They are all black British women. But other than that they don't have a lot in common. They are of many ages and have a wide variety of jobs. They come from different classes and cultures. Some of them are gay. Some are married. And one has come out as transgender (nonbinary) and no longer identifies as female.

It is a book about diversity and culture, but it never feels like the author is trying to force her political opinions upon the reader. In fact it didn't feel like a book exploring differences, but more one of similarities. How am I and this black, British nonbinary person the same? The story is enjoyable and thought-provoking.

I listened to the book on audio, so I cannot speak to the form of the words on the page. I have read that the form and structure are unique, with sections of the book appearing more like poetry than prose. On the audiobook this doesn't really come through.

A book with 12 black protagonists? Yes, and all of them women? Yes!

This is a smart, smart book. But it reads easily, and quickly. It is warm, funny, compassionate, empathetic. The characters are sometimes confronting, but generally likable. I am very close to 5 stars on this one.

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  • Jessica Lynn Stewart
  • 2019-11-21

absolutely amazing

The narration was great but the story was absolutely perfect. I couldn't stop till the end.

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  • Donna D. Lewis
  • 2019-12-21

Outstanding and original!

As an African American woman, l love hearing stories of my sisters of the diaspora. This is brilliant writing, weaving these stories into an amazing quilt and the reader was wonderful. Loved it!

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  • ayodele higgs
  • 2019-11-28

Wow

I loved this book. The author’s storytelling was brilliant. I would listen to this book again!

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  • Colleen
  • 2020-01-03

Excellent, heartbreaking lovely mesmerizing book!

This book is a stream of consciousness cross-section through the many layers of British life illustrating how despite our differences in economy, sexuality, geography and class we all ebb and flow against and within each other's lives. Fantastic! Loved London, the political tensions, the growth of these characters through the generations. So riviting.

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  • Kula Koenig
  • 2019-12-07

Too. Many. Characters. Hard to follow

Okay. I get what she was trying to do. We are all connected somehow. Liked the social commentary on gender and race for sure. However, she has wayyyyy too many characters and doesn’t finish off connections which makes it hard to follow and you disconnect. Couldn’t even enjoy the ending cuz I couldn’t remember everything. If you read this, take notes of who is who along the way.

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  • Laine
  • 2019-12-19

Excellent!!!!

This is a reader’s dream...storytelling so real, you believe you’re in the room! Excellent

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  • CJFLA
  • 2019-12-18

Great book

What an interesting and great read/listen this book is. How the authors weaves together all the stories is superb and the narration is perfect. You can understand why it has won so many awards.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2020-02-20

i had no idea

I didn't know what to expect with this book and since I was in a book club I was committed. I was very uncomfortable listening to the stories at first but eventually was able to enjoy it, and love it. I learned a lot and was pushed outside my comfort zone.

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  • Stephanie G. Lewis
  • 2020-02-20

THE Booker Prize Winner

A truly glorious look into the lives of these woman. An astounding story of woman in all stages.
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