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FREE DOWNLOAD â Linden Hills ´ ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☆ Linden Hills Author Gloria Naylor – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk A world away from Brewster Place yet intimately connected to it lies Linden Hills With its showcase homes elegant lawns and other trappings of wealth Linden Hills is not unlike other affluent black co A world away from BrewRty on Tupelo Drive goes back on sale uickly no one uestions why there are always vacancies at Linden HillsIn a resonant novel that takes as its model Dante's Inferno Gloria Naylor reveals the truth about the American dream that the price of success may very well be a journey down to the lowest circle of hel. uick thoughts I wanted to love this book I was a bit relieved to finish it I didn't hate it I actually enjoyed a fair amount of it I found this moralistic story of affluence and Blackness to be strongest when we were with the characters Willie and Lester They take us through the neighborhood of affluent Black folks Linden Hills As they descend into the neighborhood working for different families to make extra money for the holidays they introduce us to different characters who have lost touch with who they are and what they want at the expense of making itI found the subplot of the woman in the basement to be a bore It felt like something that worked intellectually but didn't have much feeling Willie and Lester were wonderful and vibrant characters and would have loved to stay with them and stay in their perspective longer

Linden HillsRty on Tupelo Drive goes back on sale uickly no one uestions why there are always vacancies at Linden HillsIn a resonant novel that takes as its model Dante's Inferno Gloria Naylor reveals the truth about the American dream that the price of success may very well be a journey down to the lowest circle of hel. uick thoughts I wanted to love this book I was a bit relieved to finish it I didn't hate it I actually enjoyed a fair amount of it I found this moralistic story of affluence and Blackness to be strongest when we were with the characters Willie and Lester They take us through the neighborhood of affluent Black folks Linden Hills As they descend into the neighborhood working for different families to make extra money for the holidays they introduce us to different characters who have lost touch with who they are and what they want at the expense of making itI found the subplot of the woman in the basement to be a bore It felt like something that worked intellectually but didn't have much feeling Willie and Lester were wonderful and vibrant characters and would have loved to stay with them and stay in their perspective longer

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Linden Hills Ú E precise ualifications are everyone knows that only certain people get to live there and that they want to be among themOnce people get to Linden Hills the uest continues subtle but eually fierce the goal is a house on Tupelo Drive the epitome of achievement and visible success No one notices that the prope. Success is one of the most popular topics of the modern era This is a world populated with self help books that will help you start your new business spend your money wiser change your mindset so that it's better than those around you eat a plant based diet among other things What these books as well as images of success scattered on Social Media don't often show you is the suffering that can accompany success The traps that await you once you make it Until you read Linden HillsLinden Hills is a Black community that is ran by the Nedeed family but we are given a tour of this community through a brief snapshot of lives of Willie aka White and Lester aka Shit Through White Shit we meet all kinds of characters who are thriving suffering fronting stunting and much Through Linden we see a version of Black Power politics not often written about in African American Literature Black Financial Power We see the mindset that accompanies it The sacrifices the discipline the impact the studiousness the tragedies All while Willie Lester are just trying to hustle enough money to buy their loved ones or those they are trying to impresslove on some Christmas giftsLinden Hills is worth reading for scathing critiue Gloria Naylor gives the Black Bourgeoisie as well as the humor For the humanity offered to those who she critiues for the view into the world of making it while Black in America It makes you wonder if those who make it are doing it for themselves or are they doing it for those around themAfter all when I was reading this I did say to myself This novel reminds me of Instagram Don't forget to participate in my #10Books10Decades Challenge This is my first entry and this is my book of the 1980sClick on the link for information on the #10Books10Decades Challenge READ & DOWNLOAD ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Gloria Naylor

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Gloria Naylor ´ 9 FREE DOWNLOAD A world away from Brewster Place yet intimately connected to it lies Linden Hills With its showcase homes elegant lawns and other trappings of wealth Linden Hills is not unlike other affluent black communities But residence in this community is indisputable evidence of making it Although no one knows what th. FencesEven at the university big stone fences and why The gates are open so it's not to keep anybody out or in Why fencesTo get you used to the idea that what they have in there is different special Something to be separated from the rest of the world They get you thinking fences man don’t you see it Then when they’ve fenced you in from six years old till you’re twenty six they can let you out because you’re ready to believe that what they’ve given you up here their version of life is special And you fence your own self in after that protecting it from everybody else out there”Gloria Naylor’s Linden Hills is a truly sharp and discerning glimpse into the modern day class hierarchy embedded within black culture Within the exploration of this uest for upward mobility and affluence this novel featured some of the most true to life dialogue since Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and biting social commentary that rang so insightfully and authentically that it could only be true not to mention witty enough to make me laugh out loud at the sheer truth and reality in it Written and set in the mid 1980s the societal reflections here were absolutely superb truly bordering on Southern Gothicism in the way that each explored the s and values of this society—at times even based in the South This element honestly made this novel and was the foundation from which the rest of the plot was built I wasn’t expecting the Gothic elements at play here so that was definitely an added delight In fact Linden Hills models itself as a play off of the classic Dante’s Inferno with each street further and further down the hill of the neighborhood being and sought after and also and corrupt That was a truly clever play on Naylor’s part and lent so many added dimensions to this novel as the main characters “descended” further and further into the neighborhood For me reading Linden Hills was often like sitting back at home in our old kitchen 20 years ago listening to the “grown folk” shoot the breeze and discuss their woes over Bundt cake; it felt like home and the authenticity of the subject matter and characters’ reactions to it felt like warm arms surrounding me as I “descended” into Naylor’s version of Dante’s hellish Inferno with them Here our main protagonists are Willie Mason and Lester Tilson two 20 year old poets and best friends—one from the “wrong side of the street” and the other just barely inside the gates of Linden Hills himself who get a lesson in what class lines mean to people in this neighborhood Over the few days leading up to Christmas Willie and Lester stare into the various faces of agony the people in Linden Hills try to hide Watching them as they go about their lives they begin to understand the motivations that keep them all in the rat race that is “keeping up with the Joneses” Lester who lives in Linden Hills has already seen the inner workings of the neighborhood the attitudes of its residents and the lies they cloak themselves in thus he takes these lessons that Willie is busy learning for granted—in fact he teeters throughout the book with being bored with such observations to as the novel progresses railing against them because those very motivations that drive the Lindenites are also what keep him on the periphery of it all neither fitting into their molds nor residing on the “right street” within Linden Hills It is in this way that Gloria Naylor illustrates not only the racial lines but the class prejudices between us all using the literal analogy of who’s from the right side of the street and who’s not making the class lines drawn throughout this neighborhood both topographically and societally based As they tear back the mask of Linden Hills Willie and Lester begin to formulate their own theories on what shapes the world around them “You know my grandmother called it selling the mirror in your soulI guess she meant giving up that part of you that lets you know who you areSo you keep that mirror and when it’s crazy outside you look inside and you’ll always know exactly where you are and wat you are And you call that peaceThese people have lost that Willie They’ve lost all touch with what it is to be them Because there’s not a damned thing inside any to let them know”In tackling these major themes Naylor also elegantly delves into social issues from the often fragile bonds of marriage to the separation of college educated black women from their counterparts to the line between “acting white” and “acting black” among other themes “He would have found the comments that he was trying to be white totally bizarre Being white was the furthest thing from his mind since he spent every waking moment trying to be no color at all” I’ll admit that the writing style vexed me at times usually at a crescendo of activity near the end of a chapter My one note of criticism here is that it read as if Naylor was trying too hard to be lyrical and it didn’t flow effortlessly In fact those moments in the novel often read as disjointed and convoluted and I had to reread several of those passages for comprehension view spoilerI also thought that the ultimate climax of the novel—the fire that really brought the theme of Dante’s Inferno to the foreground was rushed and wasn’t leant nearly the amount of time and care as passages of far lesser importance earlier in the novel That was absolutely a missed opportunity because the ending is what resonates with readers—not to mention this particular ending would have been the cherry on top of otherwise beautifully Gothic undertones in Linden Hills hide spoiler