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Meridian by Alice Walker

Meridian (original 1976; edition 1990)

by Alice Walker (Author)

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Authors:Alice Walker (Author)
Info:Pocket (1990), 224 pages

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Meridian by Alice Walker (1976)

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Alice Walker is not afraid to tackle some challenging subject matter in this book - such as human rights, black history, feminism, motherhood and love. There were parts that were amazingly insightful and heart rending, as seen through the almost saint like Meridian's eyes. She's a very human character - fallible, confused and capable of making bad choices but she possesses a calm, deep felt spirit that sets her apart from those around her.
Set in the American South during the civil rights movement it tells Meridians story as she falls in love, meets radical friends and becomes a mother. It's a coming of age story really but it also explores how the racism of the 60s and beyond affects those around her at a personal level and transforms their relationships - leaving deep scars for generations to come. The only issue was that the story as a coherent whole seemed to struggle under such a heavy weight of content. ( )
  sarahpeacock28 | Oct 21, 2018 |
I enjoyed this book. I found myself more interested in Meridian's personal life than the racial frustrations though. I don't know if Walker meant to make it that way or not though. It took me a little longer to finish this book than most books, but not because it was difficult to read, more because it took a while to become attatched to the main character. ( )
  Borrows-N-Wants | Sep 22, 2018 |
Still in awe of Ms. Walker's insight and writing. This was an early book and shows her promise. ( )
  MarysGirl | Feb 8, 2015 |
A good book with some great characters in it. ( )
  briannad84 | Jun 18, 2013 |
Not as well-structured as _The Color Purple_, but presents an interesting depiction of the way an individual's struggle for civil rights can take a huge emotional and physical toll on that person. You also can see Walker's gorgeous writing style begin to develop. One of my favorite last pages of any book ever. ( )
  HenryG | Feb 22, 2011 |
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BascoveCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Emeis, MarijkeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now... I can still see the butchered women and children lying heaped and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young. And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people's dream died there. It was a beautiful dream... the nation's hoop is broken and scattered. There is no center any longer, and the sacred tree is dead. -- Black Elk, Black Elk Speaks
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Meridian Hill is a young woman at an Atlanta college attempting to find her place in the revolution for racial and social equality. She discovers the limits beyond which she will not go for the cause, but despite her decision not to follow the path of some of her peers, she makes significant sacrifices in order to further her beliefs. Working in a campaign to register African American voters, Meridian cares broadly and deeply for the people she visits, and, while her coworkers quit and move to comfortable homes, she continues to work in the deep South despite a paralyzing illness. Meridian's nonviolent methods, though seemingly less radical than the methods of others, prove to be an effective means of furthering her beliefs.

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Meridian is a poignant and powerful story of the American South in the 1960s and of one woman who risks her life for the people she loves. Meridian Hill, a courageous young activist, creates peace and understanding by dedicating herself heart and soul to her civil rights work, touching the lives of all those she meets even when her health begins to deteriorate. With the old rules of Southern society collapsing around her, Meridian fights a lonely battle to reaffirm her own humanity, and that of all her people.… (more)

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