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Meridian (Paperback)

Author:  Alice Walker Editor: Andre Bernard
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0156028344
ISBN-13: 9780156028349
Sku: 31111734
Publish Date: 5/1/2003
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  264
Age Range:  NA
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*Author: Walker, Alice *Publication Date: 2003/05/01 *Number of Pages: 242 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75
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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 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.
Author Bio
Alice Walker
Alice Walker's parents were sharecroppers, and she grew up in a small Georgia town. When she was 8, an accident with a BB gun damaged one eye, resulting in a partial loss of sight. She studied at Spelman College on a scholarship for the handicapped, but eventually, in 1965, got her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence. After college, she worked in Georgia registering voters, then with the Head Start program in Mississippi and the welfare department in New York City. She began to write, publishing her first novel, MERIDIAN, which reflected her experiences working in Georgia, in 1967. In that year she also married a civil rights lawyer, whom she divorced ten years later. Walker published two novels, two books of short stories, and a great deal of poetry before THE COLOR PURPLE came out in 1982, followed by Stephen Spielberg's popular film and (in 1983) the Pulitzer Prize. Much of Walker's early writing is autobiographical, drawn from her childhood and activism; in her later years, she calls herself a "womanist" writer, concentrating on sexism as well as racism. She is a tireless spokesperson for the value of African-American traditions and culture, and for the common people who cannot speak for themselves.

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"At its best...the tone of the book [is] flat, direct, measured, deliberate, with a distinct lack of drama....And the tone is right; it's not the plot that carries the novel forward but Meridian's attempt to resolve, or preserve the reality of, the questions of knowledge, history and murder that Miss Walker introduces early on....But such questions lead all too easily to high-flown language and to pretensions that fictional characters cannot support....Miss Walker does not always avoid this trap; though her tendency is to insist on the prosaic, to bring philosophy down to earth, Meridian at times seems to be floating straight to Heaven....Meridian is interesting enough without all this." - Greil Marcus 6/7/76

New York Times Book Review
"A fine, taut novel.... A lean book that goes down like clear water.... Remarkable."

Baltimore Sun
"A glowing affirmation of the possibility of love and forgiveness--between men and women, black and white."

Ms.
"A classic novel of both feminism and the Civil Rights Movement."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0264
Product attributePublisher:   Harvest Books
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