Nell'estate del 1985 Benji, teenager quindicenne, trascorre con tutta la famiglia le vacanze nella località balneare di Sag Harbor. Benji è un ragazzino di colore di buona famiglia, timido, frequenta una scuola a Manhattan e la sua vita sociale si limita ai film horror, alla musica punk, post-punk e poco altro. Tutto però cambia durante quell'estate, quando nella casa al mare finisce per ritrovarsi con una insolita compagnia di un gruppo di ragazzini di colore. In questo romanzo Colson Whitehead ricrea il mondo degli adolescenti con una tale capacità descrittiva ed empatica che riesce a proiettare il lettore nella magia sonnolenta e laboriosa di una lunga, oziosa vacanza estiva, con tutti i suoi orizzonti, le sue speranze, i suoi sogni e le sue scoperte. Benji e le memorabili giornate con la banda di amici coetanei sono una storia affascinante che tocca temi profondi come il difficile processo di costruzione dell'identità adolescenziale (nera, per giunta, in questo caso), la lotta per la conquista della stima altrui e dell'autostima e le tremende tensioni e pressioni che il mondo esterno esercita ogni giorno, anche in vacanza.
- ISBN: 8804723114
- Casa Editrice: Mondadori
- Pagine: 333
Colson Whitehead is one shit-describin' motherfucker.
This was the perfect book to read in late summer, as well as a nice introduction** to the writing of Colson Whitehead. It’s more like a 4.5 star book, but I’m rounding up because the writing is so good and the author captures this era so effectively. I’m definitely going to read more by him. It’s the Leggi tutto
The first time I read this book shortly after publication in 2009 I didn’t like anything about it. I didn’t understand Whitehead’s air of casual privilege. I reread it at the end of 2017 because a review by Brandon Harris in the New York Review of Books (Dec 7, 2017) about James McBride’s new colle Leggi tutto
Remember that guy from high school? You know the one: smart as a whip, and funny too. Handsome, nice smile. Maybe he was on the basketball team or something. Let's call him Mike. Mike's teachers used to say he was "going places." And how could he not be? He was enrolled in all the right AP classes,
My real rating is 4,5 stars. Excellent read! The only thing that prevents me from giving this book 5 stars is the ending. However, this book has so much going for it and I strongly recommend it. Click the link to watch the live discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wtLe...
A sentimental tale of growing up through the lens of a set of black middle-class teenagers at liberty for their summers on Long Island. There is a timeless quality and sense of innocence in this exploration of juvenile adventure and search for identity. The relatively segregated community of wealthy Leggi tutto
It's been a couple years since I read this, but this book still brings back memories every time I see it, and I felt it was time to come back and give it a proper review. Since I was 3 years old, my family has owned a cottage on Lake Erie, in a resort community near Cedar Point. We stay there every s Leggi tutto
I'm trying really hard to fall in love with Whitehead's writing, but it's not quite working and I'm not sure why. Sag harbor started off strong for me and I was looking forward to moving through the story, but somewhere along the way I wandered away from truly enjoying it. I'm not sure why his writi Leggi tutto
Colson Whitehead is a wonderful writer. Although I wasn't a Sag Harbor summer kid myself, the author and I are about the same age so much of his reminiscing about his experiences as a 15 year old stirred similar memories I possess. Sag Harbor is a work of fiction, not a memoir, but it reads as much
Brought this to the beach and then promptly left it halfway finished and ignored it for a month. Sorry, book. My reread of this made me realize that my memory of it was really vague! While I remembered a lot about the setting, I had forgotten all of its Colson-Whitehead-ness. Which is probably becaus Leggi tutto
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