We Love You Charlie Freeman review ´ 3

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We Love You Charlie FreemanA FINALIST FOR THE You Charlie PDF #201 CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE AND THE YOUNG LIONS AWARD “A terrifically auspicious debut” Janet Maslin The New York Times “Smart timely and powerful A rich examination of America’s treatment of race and the ways we attempt to discuss and confront it today” The Huffington Post The Freeman family Charles Laurel and their daughters teenage Charlotte and nine year old Callie have been invited to the Toneybee Institute to participate i. This is one of those books that improves as you think on it Kaitlyn Greenidge is a very insightful and clever writer What throws me is that We Love You Charlie Freeman is a very odd book It defies description and it leaves the reader a little discombobulated over the whole thing It also happens to be very interesting and thought provoking Udeni read some of my notes from the book and thought it sounded fascinating That encouraged me to look a little deeper at the undercurrent going on in my head of the utterly enthralling and almost obsessive nature of the book Truly a page turner just to figure out the link of these oddball vignettes that Greenidge has been laying down The story is told through multiple points of view and timelines though the main character is definitely a teenaged Charlotte Ostensibly the story is about the bigotry and racism inherent in almost all white Courtland County the neighboring Negro populated town of Spring City and the dubious behavioral experiments at the Toneybee Institute But it only takes a few chapters before one gets the impression that this book is not about those things at all One of the most interesting aspects of this book is how it takes such volatile subjects and turns them into a backdrop for a story that really is universal and ubiuitous Charlie Freeman is a story about the most debilitating of human and apparently simian frailties loneliness The views are from characters with great wealth an heiress to a bad marriage that seems stable from the outside to the loneliness that occurs between sisters when the age difference starts to matter to the isolation that happens when people are trying to keep up airs of prosperity and religious precepts to the loneliness of scientists devoted to their craft and the social sacrifices they make to an orphaned chimpanzee that has been rejected by his kind All of the characters down to the chimpanzee are ostracized outcast isolated and alone in some way The story revolves around the many different ways in which the characters try to cope with their isolation The story touches on all sorts of taboos from hints of bestiality and some obvious tilts at emotional and mental instability The characters are both coping with their own afflictions and trying in vain to help others cope In the midst of this is Charlotte's blossoming sexuality through the chaos and the reader can't help but wonder about the effects The results are disastrous for almost all of the characters When I finished this book my first thought was WTF did I just read In the end I think this was of the strangest books I've read in years It is also one of the most interesting and thought provoking One week later and I'm actually loving the book It had very interesting things to say about human beings in all their incarnations Also Greenidge uses language in new and interesting ways For example We drove past the clapboard double deckers of our block the high stoops overlaid with deciduous piles of supermarket circulars and candy bar wrappers and petrified heat stiffened leaves I don't think I've ever seen the word deciduous used in reference to anything except trees but the way she used it was very artful In the end what kept this from a 5 star book for me was that I'm not sure she accomplished what she set out to do Perhaps the misunderstanding was mine the book is billed as satire however I didn't read searing commentary about anything but human frailty which IMO by its very nature undermines the idea of satire But by all means I highly recommend this book It is an excellent debut novel I'm definitely looking forward to from this author Almost 45 Stars Edited to Add After reading both this book and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves I've come to the conclusion that no matter what your family dysfunction is; chimpanzees are not the answer

Kaitlyn Greenidge ☆ 3 review

Able storytelling talents What appears to be a story of mothers and daughters of sisterhood put to the test of adolescent love and grown up misconduct and of Love You Charlie PDF #10003 history’s long reach becomes a provocative and compelling exploration of America’s failure to find a language to talk about race “A magnificently textured vital visceral feat of storytelling by a sharp poignant extraordinary new voice of American literature” Téa Obreht author of The Tiger’s Wife. I'll start by saying that I tend to steer clear of books in the library with the African American sticker across the spine With a handful of exceptions most tend to revolve around slavery or hood life and neither are subjects I enjoy However the cover and title of We Love You Charlie Freeman caught my attention and after reading the first few pages I knew this wasn't the typical African American fiction I was used to There's a lot going on here The theme revolves around race but there's so much Tension racial sexual familial class Everyone in this book is vying for attention but only one seems to get it and once he gets it in the end he still isn't satisfied So many issues throughout but really it's just a story about a family that starts off fairly normal and becomes dysfunctional in an attempt to make history It can and will make you uncomfortable but race sex and family secrets usually do Do yourself a favor read this and open your mind to what's going on in the world just a little

review We Love You Charlie Freeman

We Love You Charlie Freeman review ´ 3 õ ❮Download❯ ➾ We Love You Charlie Freeman ➹ Author Kaitlyn Greenidge – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk A FINALIST FOR THE 2016 CENTER FOR FICTION FIRST NOVEL PRIZE AND THE 2017 YOUNG LIONS AWARD “A terrifically auspicious debut” —Janet Maslin The New York Times “Smart timN a research experiment They will live in an apartment on campus with Charlie a We Love Epubyoung chimp abandoned by his mother The Freemans were selected because they know sign language they are supposed to teach it to Charlie and welcome him as a member of their family But when Charlotte discovers the truth about the institute’s history of uestionable studies the secrets of the past invade the present in devious ways   The power of this shattering novel resides in Greenidge’s undeni. RATING ★★☆☆☆ 2 slightly fractured starsREVIEW I wanted to like this book I really did Since I first heard about it prior to it's release I've been looking forward to reading We Love You Charlie Freeman The premise of the book is intriguing and the hype promised a story about communication race and history Unfortunately what was written was simultaneously too much and not enough a story stretched thinThe story of the Freemans begins on their way to the Toneybee Institute in the early 1990s It's clear that this isn't a happy move for the entire family specifically who is supposed to be our main narrator Charlotte the eldest daughter It's a promising start and soon we are traveling back in time to get to know the mom Laurel and how the family became proficient in sign language Then even farther back to Nymphadora in 1929 to show us the times and town surrounding the beginning of the Institute There is a mysterious air traveling through the different times and characters an expectation of and a place where all the threads converge This is where the story starts to fractureCharlie Freeman our resident chimpanzee and the teaching of sign language uickly falls by the wayside to make room for a myriad of other themes We meet new characters each introduced with an opinion or agenda that is never fully formed The story seems to skip as if entire chapters were cut out I was never uite sure what the author was trying to convey She touched on a number of different points and explored them only briefly there wasn't enough time or depth spent on them There was too much to work with and not enough words to finish the bookMy most problematic point was actually the mother Laurel It's easy to understand her background and motives for moving her family to the Institute to participate in this experiment but that is where the understanding ends Her every action once she is with Charlie is baffling There is no explanation or clue to lead the reader to a deeper comprehension of her character and because of that the story itself starts to fold in on itselfPutting all that aside the book is actually well written The words flowed extremely well and there were times when I would lose myself in the pages The author shows an amazing amount of promise I just think that overall the story wasn't well explored Still I will be on the lookout for another Kaitlyn Greenidge novel because I think that there are better things to come