Saturday, September 5, 2009

Color Online Quiz: Literature and Women Studies

Quiz #67
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Small Island
Andrea Levy

[ ]understands the complex relationship between color and class. Light-skinned Hortense has been brought up as a lady, and she initially despises Gilbert for his coarser manners. She also looks down on Queenie for being less educated than she is. The slow development of Hortense's respect for her husband as she begins to understand the challenges he faces (many of which she will confront herself) is one of the most moving aspects of the book.[] is too thoughtful a novel to promise its characters a happy ending, but it is generous enough to offer them hope.~Fatema Ahmed is the managing editor of Granta.

Thanks, Rhapsody.


rhapsodyinbooks said...

Small Island by Andrea Levy

Color Online said...


Thanks, Rhapsody.

Book pusher said...

I read this one a couple of years ago and loved it, I seem to recall it won at least one major literary prize as well, I could be wrong about that though. At the time it got me interested in post war migration to Britian.
Lovely blog

Color Online said...

Hi Book Pusher,

Thanks for the kind words. Small Island won the Whitebread.

Please come again soon and often.