The Salt Eaters

The Salt Eaters Velma Henry Has Always Been A Fighter But She Has Fallen On Hard Times.If There Is A Path Forward To Sanity, Then Directions Can Be Found In The Tangled Life And History Of Her Southern Black Community Velma Finds Herself In The Southwest Community Infirmary Established By The Free Coloureds In 1871 , Facing Minnie Ransom, Fabled Healer Spinster And Vehicle Of The Spirit World.Through Minnie, Velma Finds A Wealth And Depth Of Understanding About Life, Female Friendships, And The Struggles That Face The Black Community In A Hostile Environment.This Is An Extraordinary Novel, Full Of Social Satire And Sharp Political Analysis Embossed With Dazzling Language. Rating 3.75 of fiveWonderful prose, not so much on the storytelling.I haven t changed my mind on that one, either.The Book Report Velma is a healer s worst nightmare a failed suicide depressed by life and Life Minnie and Old Wife, who is Minnie s spirit guide, work to heal Velma s wounds both inner and outer, in the course of this novel.And that, mes amis, is it.My Review Which is kinda the problem It makes this gorgeous incantation of a tale into a pretty tough swallow Interiority can b Rating 3.75 of fiveWonderful prose, not so much on the storytelling.I haven t changed my mind on that one, either.The Book Report Velma is a healer s worst nightmare a failed suicide depressed by life and Life Minnie and Old Wife, who is Minnie s spirit guide, work to heal Velma s wounds both inner and outer, in the course of this novel.And that, mes amis, is it.My Review Which is kinda the problem It makes this gorgeous incantation of a tale into a pretty tough swallow Interiority can be overdone Bambara s enraged response to the world of 1980 when this wa first published was perfectly justified, as she saw coming the horrors we presently live through in the never subtle, never hidden class warfare counterattack begun after Nixon s crash and burn Velma is a computer programmer, a telli
i learned what it really means to be whole, spiritually and emotionally it helped me transition to a place beyond survival, the choiceto live as a r evolutionary in full command of my path and purpose i
When I was younger, my mother s bookshelf was my library It was home to many novels that are central to Black woman s literature I could grasp plots that featured grown up experiences, but much of the subtext and external references escaped me This didn t stop me from voraciously consuming everything I could get my hands on for I was too young to know the limits of my comprehension There was one novel, though, that even the obtuseness of youth failed to carry me through.There was not much of When I was younger, my mother s bookshelf was my library It was home to many novels that are central to Black woman s literature I could grasp plots that featured grown up experiences, but much of the subtext and external references escaped me This didn t stop me from voraciously consuming everything I could get my hands on for I was too young to know the limits of my comprehension There was one novel, though, that even the obtuseness of youth fai
This book was one of the first that extended its hand to me and said, see, you can map the real story on the page and that mix of experience and ideas It s true One of the pivotal writers for me who acknowledges an
I struggled through this book The duration of this book is about a healing Velma has been running from a gift her whole life and the suicide attempt is her effort to avoid the inevitable What I do not get is the entire book as a whole It is disjointed Some authors are good at writing books that are fractured but some how come together perfectly by the last line When this novel ended I was du
I had to come back to this one because my first attempt to read it stalled in confusion over the opening scene of a healer attending to a patient while thinking about other things made it confusing when you didn t know all these people she was talking about Persevere, though, for the rest of the novel Set in a small southern town, this is about a community of black folks and their search for faith healing through salt Seemingly, but I think the whole stor
7 8 12 OK, I ma have to put this one back on the shelf for a while It s too complex for my bar prepping brain to handle right now sigh 6 27 12 wholeness is no trifling matter Ten pages in and I m happy I started reading this book just for that line. I would give this book 3.5 stars Toni Cade Bambara was a visionary In the current political climate you may hear a number of people of colour saying to leftist white counterparts that it was about time they started noticing the levels of oppression that POC have been talking about for decades, and this novel is a testament to that The community in this novel is comprised of people fighting for their lives against institutionalized racism, big business, nuclear waste, and patriarchy They figh I would give this book 3.5 stars Toni Cade Bambara was a visionary In the current political climate you may hear a number of people of colour saying to leftist white counterparts that it was about time they started noticing the levels of oppression that POC have been talking about for decades, and this novel is a testament to that The community in this novel is comprised of people fighting for their lives against institutionalized racism, big business, nuclear waste, and patriarchy They fight for clean drinking water on indigenous land and in black communities They fight for recognition and respect from one another within their own movements They fight to have their very lives legitimized And these intersecting oppressions play out at the wider level of community and nation as well as in the most intimate interactions That intricate interaction be
When I was assigned this book for one of my classes, the professor informed us that it was one of the most challenging books in contemporary Literature She herself had to read it nine times to truly understand it With that said, this is the first book I ever read that as soon as I finished I immediately wanted to start over and experience it all over again While the plot takes place over the course of 20 minutes, it takes the reader from this world to the next one through the eyes of many cha When I was assigned this book for one of my classes, the professor informed us that it was one of the most challenging books in contemporary Literature She herself had to read it nine times to truly understand it With that said, this is the first book I ever read that as soon as I finished I immediately wanted to start over and experience it all over again While the plot takes place over the course of 20 minutes, it takes the reader from this world to the next one through the eyes of many characters both spiritual and physical It centers around the spiritual h
Awfully good book and quite troubling 1980.In intro to Those Bones, she mentions finishing up The Salt Eaters while she was researching for Those Bones.The two books are similar in one sense at least, that I find I can t quite follow Happenings follow each other without clear boundaries so I am often not sure whether it is supposed to have happened the same day or weeks or years later It s OK, real life isn t clear either.In both books I struggle to understand what people are saying, or at le Awfully good book and quite troubling 1980.In intro to Those Bones, she mentions finishing up The Salt Eaters while she was researching for Those Bones.The two books are similar in one sense at least, that I find I can t quite follow Happenings follow each other without clear boundaries so I am often not sure whether it is supposed to have happened the same day or weeks or years later It s OK, real life isn t clear either.In both books I struggle to understand what people are saying, or at least I very often have the suspicion that I am missing indirect re