Die Hochzeit Dorothy West

ISBN: 9783463402918

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284 pages


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Die Hochzeit  by  Dorothy West

Die Hochzeit by Dorothy West
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The Wedding, Dorothy Wests first novel in almost 50 years, is ably brought to life in this finely nuanced audio version. Writer and actress Regina Taylor (Courage Under Fire, Lean on Me, and TVs Ill Fly Away) uses her considerable talent to showMoreThe Wedding, Dorothy Wests first novel in almost 50 years, is ably brought to life in this finely nuanced audio version.

Writer and actress Regina Taylor (Courage Under Fire, Lean on Me, and TVs Ill Fly Away) uses her considerable talent to show off Wests sensual and elegant prose to full advantage. The Oval, an elite African American community in 1950s Marthas Vineyard, sets the stage for the story of the impending nuptials of Shelby Coles, the golden-haired, fair-skinned youngest daughter of the neighborhoods leading family. Shelbys intended groom is Meade Tyler, a white jazz man with a far less upscale pedigree than his bride.

(Like many grooms, Meade plays little role in the pre-wedding drama- the snippets of jazz that frame the reading are about as close as listeners get to meeting him.) Sparks fly in the few dozen hours before the wedding, when one by one those close to Shelby come to her to make a case for or against the controversial match. As new characters are introduced, Taylor succeeds in giving each a distinct personality through her reading. Shelby is dragged through a crisis of identity, while West skillfully steers listeners through an examination of the tangled and painful meanings of race and class in the United States, themes that still resonate today.

Taylors reading deftly renders the subtle distinctions between the characters and their backgrounds without ever descending into stereotype. (Running time: about 180 minutes, two cassettes) --Naomi J. Cohn



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