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by Ntozake Shange,Mae Henderson,Nella Larsen

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ISBN: 0606288368
Author: Ntozake Shange,Mae Henderson,Nella Larsen
Language: English
Publisher: Demco Media (August 1, 2003)
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.5
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At 95 pages this is more of a novella than a novel. It was written in 1927 during the Harlem Renaissance.

I expected the themes of race and racism, but was surprised by the intensity of its portrayal of the protagonist's feelings of ferocious jealousy. The ending was quite a shock, so I'm glad in this instance that I approached the book not knowing how it would conclude (and I won't spoil it here!)

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Nella Larsen, "Passing" or different analytical approaches to reading this novel.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Nella Larsen, "Passing" or different analytical approaches to reading this novel.

Ultimately, Larsen forces us to consider whether we can ever truly choose who we. .Ntozake Shange is an American playwright and poet.

Ultimately, Larsen forces us to consider whether we can ever truly choose who we are. The Modern Library Torchbearers series features women who wrote on their own terms, with boldness, creativity, and a spirit of resistance. The genius of this book is that its protagonists. are complex and fully realized. Shange is a black feminist and a critic of the Black Arts Movement. She majored in American Studies at Barnard and earned a master's degree in the same field at UCLA.

The Modern Library is proud to present Passingan electrifying story of two .

The Modern Library is proud to present Passingan electrifying story of two women who cross the color line in 1920s New Yorktogether with a new Introduction by the Obie Award- winning playwright and novelist Ntozake Shange. Irene Redfield, the novel's protagonist, is a woman with an enviable life. First published to critical acclaim in 1929, Passing firmly established Nella Larsen's prominence among women writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

Manufacturer: Modern Library Inc Release date: 1 December 2001 ISBN-10 : 0375758135 ISBN-13: 9780375758133.

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Set in the 1920s, this novel portrays the life of an African-American woman who attempts to pass for white.

Comments:

Sermak Light
I was unaware of this book and found it when I was searching for a “classic by an author of color” for a reading challenge. At 95 pages this is more of a novella than a novel. It was written in 1927 during the Harlem Renaissance. Given the time period, it is a remarkable book that is still relevant today.

The story is narrated by Irene Redfield, a light-skinned black woman. She is married to a black physician and they have two sons. She is living in Harlem with her family but grew up in Chicago. During a trip home, she meets a childhood friend named Clare Bellew. Clare is also light-skinned but has decided to “go native,” living her life as a white woman. She is married to a wealthy white man who is an overt racist. He has no idea that his wife and their young daughter are black. Clare insinuates herself into Irene’s life and even comes to New York City for an extended stay. Irene is both fascinated and repelled by Clare. The book examines each woman’s approach to passing for white. Irene, who is insecure, seems to envy Clare’s confidence and also resent it. She also fears that Clare has made a dangerous mistake by lying to her husband about her heritage. There are several tense moments in the book when Irene has the opportunity to out Clare. She always chooses to keep her secret. Irene’s internal struggle between being proud of her heritage and protecting her friend is painfully drawn out to a horrible conclusion.

Though the book is short, as are the sentences and paragraphs, it packs a big punch. You can read this quickly, but the book is better when you savor the words and think about the implications. To me, the novel is about mixed feelings and blurred lines. You can feel Irene’s ambivalence. The author does not provide any “right” answers and the book ends with even more questions. Some literary critics suggest that there is a lesbian element to the relationship between Irene and Clare. I wondered about that myself, but that is not a central part of the book in my opinion. Passing was not a part of my college reading list, but I am so glad that I found it.
Coron
It is very unfortunate that we only have precious few works by Larsen to enjoy. Chief among them, of course, are the novels Quicksand and Passing. Quicksand, which is a great book, is longer and more complex (and well worth the read), but Passing is a condensed jewel of a book. And scandalous! It's almost inappropriate to describe a work by the masterful Larsen as "juicy", but that it is. Set in early Twentieth Century Harlem, the story focuses on Irene Redfield, the wife of a fairly affluent (albeit discontent) doctor and mother of two boys. All is more or less well until the reintroduction of the beautiful and bewitching Claire Kennedy into Irene's life. Although both Irene and Claire are of African-American heritage, both can "pass" for white and Larsen explores this idea thoroughly. But "passing" is the theme of the book, both in the obvious and non-obvious sense. There are a few underlying subplots (what makes the story all the more scandalous and juicy) including a hidden subplot (SPOILER AHEAD) involving a sexual attraction between Irene and Claire. Remember, this book was written circa 1920 and one couldn't casually write about a love affair between two women. There's no overt love affair between the two women here, however, at least none that Irene will allow. You'll see my meaning in the last few pages of the story.

The real star of this book is Larsen's writing style. Her descriptions and phrasings are lush and vivid, yet she avoids pouring it on too thick, making for never a dull moment. She had a gift for expressing raw underlying emotion. This book (with its close companion "Quicksand") is canonical in many universities and rightfully so. Highly recommended!
Vishura
Passing was an interesting book. It followed Irene, an African American woman in the 1920's, and how her life changes when an old friend named Clare comes back into her life.
As the title suggests, the book is about "passing" race. In this case, African Americans passing as whites. The characters were certainly intriguing. Clare was unpredictable and a little scary. She didn't really care about anything except her own desires. Irene, on the other hand, believes that she cares about her family, and she does for the most part, although there are some things that she can only see her way.
The book takes place over several years and is written in three parts. The layout almost reminds me of a play, which is an interesting way to lay out a novel. The first part sets up the characters and the idea of "passing". The second delves deeper into the issue and establishes who each of the characters are, two years after the first part. The third part is like a finale. Everything spins out of control until it comes crashing down in the end.
Passing deals with issues that we are still dealing with today, no matter how far we think we have come. It is interesting to see how the characters in this book regard racism, and what it actually means (for them at least) to pretend to be someone (something?) they are not.
I didn't necessarily love this book, but it was a very thoughtful story, and I am glad to have read it. I would recommend this to lovers of literature, and anyone who wants a new perspective on racial issues both today and in the past.
I am going to give Passing three out of four hearts.
Gaudiker
For this one? A vitally important novella on race, passing, female relationships. Irene runs into childhood friend Clare and her life is forever changed after one afternoon of tea. Both light skinned, Clare has chosen to pass, which draws Irene into a mess of frustration and fear. This is the first time I've read this in twenty years. Still incredibly impactful.
Zetadda
In Nell’s Larsen’s second novel, Passing, the main characters are Irene and Clare, two light-skinned, mixed race women who have been “passing” as white in areas of their lives. The tension between them leads to a surprisingly suspenseful story with an ending I didn’t expect—but it works quite well. While I was not familiar with her work, the author was an excellent writer, worth reading.

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