Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Two young mothers have each lost a child, but they overcome their racial differences to bring about justice in a pre-Civil Rights Mississippi town. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The View from Delphi , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 10, Julie M rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: almost anyone. Shelves: own-this-book.
One of the best books I've read in the past 5 years. O'Dell blends history in with one of the best stories about families, politics, race and social relations in the Jim Crow South MS and the community of Delphi. I'm going to read 'The Healing' next. Feb 11, Jess rated it it was amazing. I picked this up because Jonathan Odell came to speak at our church on MLK Sunday and blew my socks off with his keen, beautiful insights about growing into awareness of the racial divide, but I'm not much of a "fiction person. But this book was beautiful and engrossing, and I chowed through it in record time.
The last general fiction novel I got sucked into so rapidly was Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and this book was like the glorious multiracial love child of that book and The Help. It handles the same civil-rights topics with such grace and beauty, and without the "white woman comes to help the poor coloreds" feel. Go read this book right away. View 2 comments. Apr 26, Julie Johnson rated it it was amazing. The first part reminded me of the most recently written THE HELP, but it had more depth into the problems experienced by the two ladies, one black and one white that become friends.
Although I did not want the story to end, it ended in the only way that it could to give it credibilty. Jan 01, Jim rated it it was ok Shelves: could-not-finish. Made it halfway. Dec 12, Kathy rated it really liked it. How does a gay white man write a book about the struggles of a couple of women, 1 white and 1 black, during the dawning civil rights era in Mississippi?
Very well. Jul 14, Read In Colour rated it liked it. Much longer than it needed to be. I enjoyed The Healing much more. View 1 comment.
Oct 02, Sabrina rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-fiction , favorites , racial-tension. A few people have compared this book to "The Help". And I can see why. However, the character development in "The View from Delphi" goes much deeper which makes this a solid read. Aug 22, Katie rated it it was amazing. Beautifully written, I was captivated by all the different narratives and stories weaving throughout one another.
Heartbreaking and heartwarming. This story will stick with me for awhile. Aug 04, MartyB rated it liked it. In the final analysis, I am a very political animal, as I think we all are — whether we know and admit it or not — and those views are undoubtedly reflected in my choice of subjects and my approach to my characters. SA: My writing, more often than not, has a political undercurrent to it. I have been both lauded and criticized for that.
Yeah, I memorized it. You can tell it smarts. But also, it reminds me of what I already know, that I need to be aware that my Bengali-ness, i. Sometimes, because I write this column for The Star , and have almost carte blanche to write about anything I want to, including my global political views, it can affect my fiction writing and take away from the purity of the storytelling.
I have to be careful. But, yes, being Bengali, and genetically pre-disposed to political agitation is very much a part of my creativity. For better or worse. The reader also gets the feel of Generous References to Western popular culture. Talk to us about this. In terms of my own writing, I draw on different phases of my life. I grew up in a Dhaka city that was very different from the sprawling urban behemoth that you see now. We knew our neighbors well, and there was more of a sense of community and enough green spaces for children to play in.
Also, in the early years of my career, I spent a lot of time in different parts of Bangladesh, travelling to rural areas with the non-profits I worked for and with the Grameen Bank, an organization that gives small loans to disadvantaged women living in the countryside. So a number of my stories are informed by those experiences, and by the stunning natural beauty of rural Bangladesh. As for Western influences and popular culture, I lived in Dhaka until the age of 19, and spent only one year of my childhood in London, so my primary influences have been Bangladeshi.
But we did travel to the UK a lot, and I used to love those trips. I soaked up everything around me — movies, pop music, comic books — like a sponge, so some of that is bound to show up in my writing. And I was raised by a feminist father and an activist mother, so I am sure that shows too!
Finally, and rather importantly, many of the books I grew up reading were from Britain and America, and the rest of the world, so my imagination was always roaming around, traveling well beyond my immediate surroundings. SA: Well, I have lived all over the world from a very young age. I first boarded a plane when I was three weeks old, but the majority of my time has been spent in the US, hence the Western Influences if you will. Thoreau drew his inspiration from the woods of Massachusetts, I found myself ruminating more on what happens when people are shoved together in an urban sprawl, and yet, feel rootless.
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How do you see this phenomenon affecting your craft? FG: I think Sharbari and I are very much on the same page on this one. Both of us also subscribe to the idea that being part of a wider community is about giving as well as getting support — whether we are talking about sharing contacts, providing critiques, or promoting the work of others. There is nothing like revision, and editing a story, any story, that teaches you to what to do and what not to do!
SA: Really? There is such a phenomenon? Just kidding. This is a great question and one topic actually Farah and I talk about quite a bit. I am going to be so bold as to say there is not enough of this sense of collaboration and community among Bangladeshi writers of the diaspora. However, this notion of there being a finite space, and only one or two anointed Bangladeshi folks being allowed to occupy that place in the sun is such a fallacy!
Indeed, art is further fueled, as is inspiration when people support one another. Later in the 19th century the subject of Aesop telling his tales was made popular by the painting of him entertaining the maids of Xanthus by Roberto Fontana — A later painting by Julian Russell Story widens Aesop's audience by showing people of both sexes and all ages enjoying his narration. The 20th century saw the publication of three novels about Aesop.
Wintle 's Aesop London, was a plodding fictional biography described in a review of the time as so boring that it makes the fables embedded in it seem 'complacent and exasperating'. The most recent is John Vornholt 's The Fabulist in which 'an ugly, mute slave is delivered from wretchedness by the gods and blessed with a wondrous voice. The other novel was George S. Hellman's Peacock's Feather published in California in Its unlikely plot made it the perfect vehicle for the Hollywood spectacular, Night in Paradise. The perennial image of Aesop as an ugly slave is kept up in the movie, with a heavily disguised Turhan Bey cast in the role.
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