The Temple of My Familiar

The Temple of My Familiar

Book - 1989
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Follows a cast of interrelated characters, most of them black, and each representing a different ethnic strain--ranging from diverse African tribes to the mixed bloods of Latin America--that contribute to the black experience in America. As each tells of his or her life (and sometimes, previous lives in various reincarnations), Walker relates the damage inflicted on blacks by the oppression of slavery in Africa and in the South, and less visibly but just as invidiously, by the racial prejudice existing today. Because her characters are intrinsically interesting, (one is the granddaughter of Celie from The Color Purple ) this device works most of the time. But when Walker hypothesizes that Western civilization stole and subverted the ancient African deities, metamorphosing their worship of the Mother Goddess into a patriarchal line, the narrative takes on the strident tones of a polemic.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1989
Branch Call Number: FICTION WAL
Characteristics: 416 p. ; 23 cm


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compulsive_reader Jun 15, 2011

One of my all-time favorite books! I have re-read this one many times over the years (something I rarely do) and I enjoy it more each time.

Nov 28, 2010

We called this "The Stupid of My Pretentious." Ugh. What a completely overrated author.

Nov 27, 2010

visual language, offers guidance

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