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James

By Percival Everett

8/10
(8/10)

302 pages

What’s it about? This is a reimagining of Huck Finn and Jim’s story. What did it make me think about? How much our expectations of people tend to color our view of them. Should I read it? This was a very well-written story about Huck Finn and the character of Jim.  It centers on what we expect from those around us. Percival Everett gives us a new version of the character Jim.   A version where Jim understands and utilizes the power of expectations.  I enjoyed it. Quote- “Why on earth, would you think that I can’t imagine the trouble I’m in? After you tortured me and eviscerated me and emasculated me and left me to burn slowly to death, is there something else you’ll do to me? Tell me, Judge Thatcher, what is there that I can’t imagine?” “ I had never seen a white man filled with such fear. The remarkable truth, however, was that it was not the pistol, but my language, the fact that I didn’t conform to his expectations, that I could read, that had so disturbed and frightened him.”

What’s it about?
This is a reimagining of Huck Finn and Jim’s story.

What did it make me think about?
How much our expectations of people tend to color our view of them.

Should I read it?
This was a very well-written story about Huck Finn and the character of Jim.  It centers on what we expect from those around us. Percival Everett gives us a new version of the character Jim.   A version where Jim understands and utilizes the power of expectations.  I enjoyed it.

Quote-
“Why on earth, would you think that I can’t imagine the trouble I’m in? After you tortured me and eviscerated me and emasculated me and left me to burn slowly to death, is there something else you’ll do to me? Tell me, Judge Thatcher, what is there that I can’t imagine?”

“ I had never seen a white man filled with such fear. The remarkable truth, however, was that it was not the pistol, but my language, the fact that I didn’t conform to his expectations, that I could read, that had so disturbed and frightened him.”

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