Meridian

Meridian The second novel written by Alice Walker preceding THE COLOR PURPLE is a heartfelt and moving story about one woman s personal revolution as she joins the Civil Rights Movement Set in the American So

  • Title: Meridian
  • Author: Alice Walker Marijke Emeis
  • ISBN: 9789062650330
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • The second novel written by Alice Walker, preceding THE COLOR PURPLE is a heartfelt and moving story about one woman s personal revolution as she joins the Civil Rights Movement Set in the American South in the 1960s it follows Meridian Hill, a courageous young woman who dedicates herself heart and soul to her civil rights work, touching the lives of those around her evenThe second novel written by Alice Walker, preceding THE COLOR PURPLE is a heartfelt and moving story about one woman s personal revolution as she joins the Civil Rights Movement Set in the American South in the 1960s it follows Meridian Hill, a courageous young woman who dedicates herself heart and soul to her civil rights work, touching the lives of those around her even as her own health begins to deteriorate Hers is a lonely battle, but it is one she will not abandon, whatever the costs This is classic Alice Walker, beautifully written, intense and passionate.

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    1. Alice Walker Marijke Emeis

      Alice Walker, one of the United States preeminent writers, is an award winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry In 1983, Walker became the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.

    289 thoughts on “Meridian”

    1. Thought provokingEducationalA great discussion bookThe inside cover over of this book says it was published in 1976 and this fits. I can see it. The Civil Rights 60's are over. What was The Movement has either died or morphed into something else. This book is almost a reflective look at its history, humble beginnings, the height and what became of it. All this metaphorically speaking through the protagonist character of Meridian, the books namesake. In an Alice Walker book, Alice is a good story [...]


    2. "Meridian" is a challenging read. It dips into places that are often raw and sometimes beyond comprehension.The novel is described as being about a woman named Meridian hill, an activist in civil rights work in the American South in the 60's. I found that it was equally the story of the white woman Lynne, who also joined the Civil Rights Movement.This is not a 'read for pleasure' book, but more of an understanding of the distortion experienced in relationships affected by racism.The story zig-za [...]


    3. Though Alice Walker has worked in a variety of genres, including children’s literature, poetry, nonfiction, and screenwriting, she is best known for her novels, which give voice to the concerns of an often doubly oppressed group: African American women. She is best known for her Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Color Purple, which extends and solidifies many of the themes she first touched upon in her early work, which includes Meridian. In many ways, Meridian anticipates and paves the way f [...]


    4. Meridian is the story of a black woman in the South during the 60s. Meridian Hill is only 17 when she has been married, pregnant and divorced, and after giving her child away, she becomes politically involved in the 60s civile rights issuesHmm, I didn't really get the point of the book, I think The plot was very diffuse (well, the Swedish word 'flummig', which I never use, would be the most right word). There wasn't that much happening in the book, and it took very long to get into the book and [...]


    5. PBS recently aired a fascinating documentary on the writer Alice Walker who rose literally from a hardscrabble existence to reverence as writer and activist. I have always been a fan of her clear prose and rich characters, and I was reminded that I had never read Meridien, her second novel, which is now available for e-readers, as are all her works.While The Color Purple, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy are better known novels, and worthy of their accolades and reader [...]



    6. I found the main character Meridian fascinating in this novel by the eminent Alice Walker. Set in the early 60s to the late 60s -- this novel is about race, particularly about a black women undergoing personal and political changes. Some beautiful images -- see Sojourner tree -- fertilized by the cut out tongue of slave woman. Structurally, the chapters shift from past to present, and the reader must pay attention. I like that. However, this is a story of a powerful story of race in America made [...]


    7. This is definitely a book I will have to read multiple times to catch all of the hidden themes and messages so I cannot give a complete review of my thoughts quiet yet. I will say, however, that Alice Walker stunned me with her uncanny ability to speak on behalf of the generation and to give voice to the needs of women everywhere. On the first go round I have to say this book was a delicious read.


    8. I was blown away by this book! Meridian Hill isdomitable? I'm not sure. The book centers around a story of the struggle for black people to obtain the rights granted them by the Civil Rights Act in the American South. Walker doesn't take a singular view to the history. The voter drives Meridian does reveal stories of rural black people who have no interest is suffrage while the realities of desegregation are laid bare. "Freedom" is continually visited throughout the book. "Freedom" for a mother [...]


    9. Although I have given Meridian five stars, I would be cautious about re-reading it in the future. It is harrowing, gritty and extremely deep, in a most unpleasant way yet disguised by the beautiful writing of Alice Walker. Meridian Hill is a black woman in America's south, and the book relays in an non-linear style her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement as well as some other key characters in her life. It is not just a book about race and rights, although that were enough as her depiction [...]


    10. An insight into the civil rights movement from a different perspective. Brought back the 60's. Good writing , good read.




    11. 3/5To paraphrase Zora Neale Hurston, it felt like I had to have gone there to know there, and therefore, a great deal of the book felt as if it had a very particular audience (that was not this reader) in mind. This portrait of the Civil Rights Movement is not dewy-eyed and rose-colored; in fact, it's a political and personal landscape populated by, at best, complicated, and at worst, horrible, people. The story seems to provide something of an inside scoop into what it was like to be a part of [...]


    12. eperti biasa, aku suka cara bertutur Alice Walker (Meridian mengisahkan perjuangan seorang perempuan bernama Meridian -as usual kulit hitam- dengan cita-citanya mensosialisasikan salah satu hak azasi manusi -pemilu-. Perjuangannya bukan hal yang gampang, karena ternyata tantangan itu bukan hanya datang dari perlakuan kaum kulit putih yang diskriminan (which is always beautifully written by Alice), tapi dari para kulit hitam sendiri. Dalam perjuangannya menegakkan apa yang diyakininya -dengan car [...]


    13. At certain points throughout the book I thought to myself, I'll need to read this again. I can see this as one of those books that gives you more with every reading. Well this time around, I saw race, racism, and how people related to each other because of these two pathologies - largely within the context of the struggle of the Civil Rights movement in the American South. With these characters though -Meridian Hill, Truman Held, and Lynne Rabinowitz - this novel gave me a three dimensional appr [...]


    14. "Meridian" is set in post civil rights black America but reaches back deeply at least two generations, and sometimes as far back as 1800's slavery. Ms. Walker's language is incandescent, her story incendiary, her characters thoughtful and deeply provoking. Like when I read James Baldwin for the first time, I was moved to racial rage many times, and I learned so much about how it was (is) for people of colour, and for those who loved them. I especially loved the writing, clear and sparkling, and [...]


    15. Alice Walker is not afraid to tackle some challenging subject matter in this book - such as human rights, black history, feminism, motherhood and love. There were parts that were amazingly insightful and heart rending, as seen through the almost saint like Meridian's eyes. She's a very human character - fallible, confused and capable of making bad choices but she possesses a calm, deep felt spirit that sets her apart from those around her. Set in the American South during the civil rights moveme [...]


    16. Reading Meridian was a race for me. I was eager to see the outcome of the book and Meridian's life and work. In that aspect, the book wasn't so satisfying, but the beauty of the people who come to orbit around Meridian, the differences in their arcs, those were satisfying. Walker also demonstrates organic human growth. There is so much truth in Meridian's process of maturation. I wish we could talk about to our youth. Our expectations of perfect understanding and step-by-step growth are too simp [...]


    17. Reads very similar to the other two books (The Third Life of Grange Copland, The Color Purple) that I have read of Walker's; a meandering narrative line that doesn't seem overly committed to following the main character. This isn't a criticism, I actually find her approach refreshing and organic. THE GOOD- Overall a great and inspiring read. One thing I would note is that I felt the same core message came through for me in this book as the other two I have read. A hopeful and inspiring story of [...]


    18. "Is there no place in a revolution for a person who cannot kill?"Meridian follows the lives of young people involved in the civil rights movement during the 1960's. I found it to be a very interesting read especially concerning the current struggle in our country. The prejudice and racism described in Walker's book is almost identical to what you see in today's news.What I admired most about this story is that there was more focus on the emotional struggle of those involved with the movement and [...]


    19. I really liked this book. It's very deep, very moving too and has a magical feeling to it. The characters fascinated me, especially Meridian, and it's about a topic I don't know well - I was very interested to be able to learn about it through this perspective. The fact that it deals not only with race but also with the status of women was really interesting as well. The writing was beautiful and I loved the organisation in short chapters, the quotes at the beginning, the search for meaning of t [...]


    20. This book was a challenging read leaving many of the supposed great mysteries of the book unexplained or dealt with inadequately in my opinion. For example, What was this life challenging sickness that Meridian has? I found it hard to connect with any of the characters and had mild sympathy for the lead character. I generally love books like this but I feel like this was an example of no cohesiveness and poor character and plot development.


    21. This is the second Alice Walker book I have read at precisely the right time. I am not ready to put into words the emotions, thoughts and call to act this book has inspired, but in this week of Trayvon, this was the right book to have on my nightstand.I should note that the narrative is not linear, but what I value of Walker's writing is her ability to provoke strong emotions with the images she creates.


    22. Meridian Hill captivates the reader into her world of despair and longing. The story weaves the past and present of those marginalized by society. Her ultimate victory and triumphant self-awareness is a testament to the human spirit.


    23. This work doesn't have a very strong plot, and the ending is a little unclear. However, Walker's development and exploration of her characters is amazing. They are so real, so flawed, so beautiful, they basically leap from the page.


    24. I really love this book. All the changes that Meridian is moving through are moving her, it seems, not only to a higher consciousness of her womanhood or blackness, but towards deciding for herself how she wants to be human. And maybe she doesn't



    25. This has been on my shelf for a while but I finally got around to reading it in the final stretch of the ReadHarder challenge for 2017. I've read a fair few Alice Walker novels over the years and this was everything that I have come to expect from her: a powerful exploration of the life of a black woman, her family and the people around her. This is centered around Meridian who is part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s and all that that entailed. A good read, if not a fun one.


    26. The book received 3 stars because of it's slow progression and (at times) confusing character dynamics. However, here's a quote that moved me and will make me revisit the novel later on in life:"When the red-eyed man rose there was a buzzing throughout the church. The preacher introduced him as the father of the slain man whose picture was flanked by the white lilies. Yes, now that he was introduced, Meridian remembered him. When his son was killed he had gone temporarily insane. Meridian had re [...]


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