From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the 20th century.
First published in 1975 when it was praised by The New Yorker for "encompassing...every feeling and experience a woman has ever had," for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come. Here is the complete text of a groundbreaking dramatic prose poem written in vivid and powerful language that resonates with unusual beauty in its fierce message to the world.
©1975, 1976, 1977 Ntozake Shange (P)2010 Audible, Inc
"These poems and prose selections are...rich with the author's special voice: by turns bitter, funny, ironic, and savage; fiercely honest and personal." (New York Post)
"Thandie Newton's narration works well with the introduction. Her voice echoes the weight and emphasis of Shange's words...Newton creates distinct voices for each part." (AudioFile)
The book was well written, and Thandie Newton did an excellent job as the narrator. The way she changes her voice to suit each persona was brilliant.
"Doesn't Work Well as Audio Book"
I found it very hard to understand parts of the book. I think that this type of work is probably better either as a play or just in book form. Each character is introduced every-time they speak so effectively for large sections of the book you are mostly hearing, lady in blue, lady in green, and so on with little in-between. I did find the overall work to be very haunting and touching so I don't think that it is a problem with the general material, but rather the form. Possibly like one other reviewer suggested if a cast read the book instead of just one performer this would be effective if they just didn't say who they were each time they spoke. However, I think that this would make it impossible to remember who was who unless they were very distinctive.
"Audible--please try again"
I bet the play is great, but this doesn't work as a single voiced audio book. Why wasn't it recorded with a full cast? The material is fine, so is the reader, but it's incredibly difficult to follow the sections where each character says one word of the sentence when there is only one reader who has to read something like
Miss Red: I
Miss Blue: bet
Miss Green: the
Miss Yellow: play
...you get the picture. Hearing the sentence spoken by multiple voices would be rich and easy to follow. Hearing one person read it as a script, character name followed by word, is cumbersome at best. I only got through it because it's so short.
This is just the wrong presentation of this particular work.
I am not into poems and only bought this as Tyler Perry used this as a basis for his movie. Thandie did a great job bringing this work to life. Easy to follow! Entertaining.
"Don't waste your money.."
This book was read beautifully, however it doesn't have a very good plot. It is an extremely DEPRESSING work. Go see the play or the movie. They have to be better than this book.
"Just awful!! Don"t bother."
The poem was better than the movie. How did it become a movie? Everything written by black author is good. I support our black authors, but this particular piece is not worth the paper it was printed on.
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