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James (original: 2024; edição: 2024)

de Percival Everett (Autor)

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"From Percival Everett-a recipient of the NBCC Lifetime Achievement Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize, and numerous PEN awards-comes James, a retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and ferociously funny, told from the enslaved Jim's point of view. When the enslaved Jim overhears that he is about to be sold to a man in New Orleans, separated from his wife and daughter forever, he decides to hide on nearby Jackson Island until he can formulate a plan. Meanwhile, Huck Finn has faked his own death to escape his violent father, recently returned to town. As all readers of American literature know, thus begins the dangerous and transcendent journey by raft down the Mississippi River toward the elusive and too-often-unreliable promise of the Free States and beyond. While many narrative set pieces of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remain in place (floods and storms, stumbling across both unexpected death and unexpected treasure in the myriad stopping points along the river's banks, encountering the scam artists posing as the Duke and Dauphin...), Jim's agency, intelligence and compassion are shown in a radically new light. Brimming with the electrifying humor and lacerating observations that have made Everett a "cult literary icon" (Oprah Daily), and one of the most decorated writers of our lifetime, James is destined to be a major publishing event and a cornerstone of twenty-first century American literature"--… (mais)
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Título:James
Autores:Percival Everett (Autor)
Informação:Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG (2024), 336 pages
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Jim, from Huckleberry Finn fame, tells his story about slavery and his trek down the Mississippi River with Huck. A frustrating read because Jim often finds himself in extremely frustrating circumstances. This is an excellent book to describe the realities of slavery from the heart of a good man. It is also a satisfying read but I won’t even hint because of spoilers. ( )
  KarenMonsen | Jul 10, 2024 |
I thought I might like this even though it's a slave narrative because it is described as humorous....but it is still very hard to read at times for the obvious trauma and abuse that come with the topic. I wouldn't call it funny, though maybe a bit satirical. I love how James is intelligent and literate and speaks two different ways depending on the audience. That is probably the funny part, showing how the white enslavers were idiots for not understanding their intelligence. It is an excellent story, and I liked it better than Huckleberry Finn, but it still leaves you deeply despairing for the hell of slavery. ( )
1 vote KallieGrace | Jul 10, 2024 |
This book is magnificent, not so much a re-imagining of Twain’s now-controversial Huckleberry Finn as a subversion. Huckleberry is an important yet peripheral part of the enslaved Jim’s story. He is often out of the main action, all of it centring on Jim, who has rechristened himself James, and is here presented in his true form. Far from the cowed and necessarily obsequious Jim—a persona he nonetheless adapts to avoid scaring suspicious white folk who fear intelligent Blacks—James is smarter, more philosophical, more rational, and far more impressive than any of the ignorant whites in power. Watch for a breath-taking plot twist! ( )
  CynCom | Jul 9, 2024 |
I've never been a huge fan of Mark Twain, but I really enjoyed this novel based on Jim, a character from Huckleberry Finn. Jim is a slave who learns he is about to be sold and joins Huck on a raft escape down the Mississippi River. Here, although he is still Jim to almost everyone else, to himself he is James, and he can both read and write--talents that, of course, he has to keep hidden in the pre-Civil War South. He also has two manners of speaking, the slave-talk that white people expect and the more "correct" English spoken by white people. In other words, James is not just a crafty slave but an intelligent, capable man. Everett draws on many of the stories in Twain's book, including his and Huck's meetup with the Duke and the King, but in much of the novel, he is on the run on his own, encountering other men both enslaved and on the run and a series of bounty hunters, slave owners, overseers, and bigots. I was intrigued by the episode in which a minstrel quartet in need of a tenor "rents" Jim and makes him up to look like a white man made up to look black.

James's initial plan is to escape being sold away from his wife and daughter, then earn money to buy their freedom, but this plan takes a sharp turn near the end of the story.

This novel is entertaining, creative and thought-provoking. I will be looking into this author's other works. ( )
  Cariola | Jul 8, 2024 |
I haven't read a book this good in quite some time; this is important not only for me but for others who are looking for a good book but haven't found the right one.
James is the retelling of an old story but this time the reader is brought into the story from a different perspective; the man we have always known as Jim (thought of nothing more than a slave) now reveals himself to us as an educated and intelligent man self-named James. For anyone who has read Mark Twain's famous novel this is an amazing retelling, and for those who have not had the chance, this novel may inspire you to read it and to compare. This was a sad story but also a story of courage, and survival. I don't think a sequel is necessary but I would love to see how the next chapter in James' life works out. This work of history, for I believe this is history from a different angle, made me think and rethink, had me in tears, and it made me realize that although we have come a long way we are still far from a perfect world. #PercivalEverett #LeeBoudreaux #Doubleday ( )
  RobinC522 | Jul 1, 2024 |
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Lasman: Who is Jim in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, who is James in your novel, and what is the link between them? How do you connect these characters who share so much but also have quite different experiences across the two books?

Everett: The Jim in Twain’s novel is an important character, and a symbolic character representing slavery, though Twain cautions us not to find any deeper meaning than an adventure story in it. I think that is being coy. Twain would not have been and was not capable of rendering Jim’s story. It was far removed from his experience, though he could have stood witness and did stand witness to many people like Jim. The Huck character suffers familial oppression, which in its way is no different from any other kind of oppression, but it’s still not the same thing as slavery. Huck doesn’t have to worry that when he runs, he will be murdered.

When I started thinking about the novel, about the fact that Jim’s lack of agency was not a failure but an impossibility, I decided that I needed to give this character some agency.
adicionado por elenchus | editarLibrary of America, Ben Lasman (Mar 20, 2024)
 
“My idea of hell would be to live with a library that contained only reimaginings of famous novels,” writes Dwight Garner in his rave review of Percival Everett’s radical new reinterpretation of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. “James is the rarest of exceptions. It should come bundled with Twain’s novel. It is a tangled and subversive homage, a labor of rough love.” (from Library of America marketing email)
adicionado por elenchus | editarNew York Times, Dwight Garner (Web site pago) (Mar 11, 2024)
 

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"From Percival Everett-a recipient of the NBCC Lifetime Achievement Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Booker Prize, and numerous PEN awards-comes James, a retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both harrowing and ferociously funny, told from the enslaved Jim's point of view. When the enslaved Jim overhears that he is about to be sold to a man in New Orleans, separated from his wife and daughter forever, he decides to hide on nearby Jackson Island until he can formulate a plan. Meanwhile, Huck Finn has faked his own death to escape his violent father, recently returned to town. As all readers of American literature know, thus begins the dangerous and transcendent journey by raft down the Mississippi River toward the elusive and too-often-unreliable promise of the Free States and beyond. While many narrative set pieces of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remain in place (floods and storms, stumbling across both unexpected death and unexpected treasure in the myriad stopping points along the river's banks, encountering the scam artists posing as the Duke and Dauphin...), Jim's agency, intelligence and compassion are shown in a radically new light. Brimming with the electrifying humor and lacerating observations that have made Everett a "cult literary icon" (Oprah Daily), and one of the most decorated writers of our lifetime, James is destined to be a major publishing event and a cornerstone of twenty-first century American literature"--

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