Come a Stranger (The Tillerman Cycle, Book 5) by Cynthia Voigt

By Cynthia Voigt

Mina Smiths, whom many readers will take into accout from Dicey's music (Atheneum, 1982), takes middle degree during this addition to the Tillerman saga and holds it with strength and spirit. the tale takes her from age 10 to fifteen, following her from a younger dancer, choked with herself and her goals, to a sensible and lifelike younger lady. the main to her development is Tamer Shipp, a tender pastor who drives her domestic from the station as soon as she leaves the dance camp from which she has been brushed off, probably simply because puberty has harmed her abilities, maybe simply because she is black. while Tamer's honesty and figuring out aid her in the course of the first soreness, she starts to like him, forming a dating with the intention to be significant to her perceptions of the area round her for the resultant 3 summers. there's little plot right here, however the tale strikes good, with the subject, Mina's altering view of the area and her position in it as a tender black girl, sporting it in a wealthy present. The occasions are noticeable via Mina's eyes, as are the characters who, still, emerge with robust identities in their personal. within the final 3rd of the e-book, the Tillermans come into concentration as Mina learns approximately Bullet (The Runner Atheneum, 1985) from Tamer, who enjoyed and hated him. it truly is her courting with the Tillermans and with Tamer which brings the tale to its climax, as Mina reveals how to whole the circle, bringing a degree of peace to all. Voigt tells her tale easily, getting inside Mina's perceptions simply and believably. To trap the resonance of the tale, it might be invaluable to have learn the sooner books in regards to the Tillermans, even if, apart from minor lapses in personality description and incident, this does stand good by itself.

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I imagine an old man crying here out of the overseer’s sight, pushing his tongue through where a tooth would be if he were whole. the space aches where his tooth would be, where his land would be, his house his wife his son his beautiful daughter . . Can any one of us not shiver with the tenderness in “miss rosie”? when I watch you wrapped up like garbage sitting, surrounded by the smell of too old potato peels xxix or when I watch you in your old man’s shoes with the little toe cut out sitting, waiting for your mind like next week’s grocery i say when I watch you you wet brown bag of a woman who used to be the best looking gal in georgia used to be called the Georgia Rose i stand up through your destruction i stand up.

Not the mute, seductive even corrupt Eve we are accustomed to. Clifton’s Eve thinks! it is wild country here brothers and sisters coupling claw and wing . . i wait while the clay two-foot rumbles in his chest searching for language to call me but he is slow xxxii tonight as he sleeps i will whisper into his mouth our names. ity: The last lines of “adam thinking” hit us with its sheer original- this creation is so fierce i would rather have been born I crave a book of criticism on Lucille Clifton’s work that scours it for the meanings therein and the stone-eyed intellect on display.

And the wide love on display in “libation” demands our own: i offer to this ground, this gin. i imagine an old man crying here out of the overseer’s sight, pushing his tongue through where a tooth would be if he were whole. the space aches where his tooth would be, where his land would be, his house his wife his son his beautiful daughter . . Can any one of us not shiver with the tenderness in “miss rosie”? when I watch you wrapped up like garbage sitting, surrounded by the smell of too old potato peels xxix or when I watch you in your old man’s shoes with the little toe cut out sitting, waiting for your mind like next week’s grocery i say when I watch you you wet brown bag of a woman who used to be the best looking gal in georgia used to be called the Georgia Rose i stand up through your destruction i stand up.

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