Precious Paperback – 1 Aug 2011
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'William's writing is accomplished - pacey yet carefully spare, so that sadness and anger hover over her narrative rather than suffocate it' (Sunday Times)
'A beautifully-written, fresh and brave debut' (Harpers' Bazaar)
'Gorgeously written with a fiercely honest voice' (Boston Globe)
A story of mothers and daughters, of a struggle with racial identity and a journey to find a sense of belongingSee all Product description
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Precious Williams achieves a sensitive exploration of all of these issues and produces a provocative, warm, disturbing and at times hilarious memoir; I was pleasantly surprised and I read it in one sitting. When I put it down I was both enlightened and moved: I had laughed, cried, bristled and learnt. Its the holiday season, put it on your essential reading list,get it in your suitcase or on your kindle or both and you will not be disappointed!
Nanny clearly loved Precious, though love without the embracing of cultural differences had a major impact on self, self-worth and identity. Her story holds immense worth and can be used to inspire others who have had similar experiences and used to help find and incorporate new solutions for the promotion of a healthy considered adoptive system.
Captivating and heart-wrenching. Beautifully written and immensely powerful. This is a fabulous book.
I found this book entertaining. And enjoyed the journey of being taken through a rollercoaster of sadness and crumbs of happiness. But most importantly, the enjoyment of the humour in which the story was narrated.
Precious is certainly thought provoking and touches on the various pros and cons of fostering and adoption in terms of race and environment; and various abuses that go unnoticed/ignored in foster care. Importantly, it touches on the danger of adults playing off against one another, which is detrimental to the child.
This book arouses interest and curiousity. So get the book, sit down and enjoy the train ride...
What I liked about the book was it was very fast paced which meant that it was very hard to put down and very truthful. I felt like Precious bared her soul which is never easy to do.
Reading this book I felt every emotion possible from Anger towards her mother, I kept saying to myself the cheek of this woman, laughter towards some of the things her uncle Mick does he always brings a bit of humour into the book, and reminds me of my uncle, sadness for the things Precious goes through and for her Nanny who I feel a bit sorry for though I felt a bit angry when Nanny and her mother play the guilt trip on Precious and then finally both Pride and disappointment, Pride at what Precious achieves but disappoint that she doesnt raise her own daughter and became a better mother than her own mother.
All in all a very good book. Though I think she still has more to tell.
Although she was surrounded by people who cared for her my heart ached for someone to really get to know and understand Precious. And sadly we see how the past catches up with Precious in the way she tries to live her own life into adulthood.
I found this a brave and inportant account of culture, identity and different approaches to parenting.
I definitely recommend this!
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Book not such a good read as the film..
Really good read :)