I was listening to NPR on my way to class this morning and was listening to an interview with Oprah (the media Goddess) about this movie, Precious, which apparently blew up at the Sundance Film Festival. "Precious" is based on the book, Push, by Sapphire. I have no words to type, except watch and listen. Looks very powerful.
Claireece Precious Jones endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother, raped by her father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. So what better way to learn about her than through her own, halting dialect. That is the device deployed in the first novel by poet and singer Sapphire. "Sometimes I wish I was not alive," Precious says. "But I don't know how to die. Ain' no plug to pull out. 'N no matter how bad I feel my heart don't stop beating and my eyes open in the morning." An intense story of adversity and the mechanisms to cope with it. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Yep, the book is in my shopping cart on Amazon.com waiting for my Swagbucks GC.. I want to read it.
Many of the negative reviews on this book are because it's "implausible" and "depressing". First about the implausible, give me a break. Seriously? What kind of fantasy land do you live in that children are NOT severely abused, raped, etc? In regards to depressing, what the heck do you expect from a book about a young girl who is repeatedly RAPED by her father and bears him two children, her mother abuses her and I can't go on. Seriously, if you can not handle a tear jerker that is gritty and raw, and written in a language that an illiterate girl would.. then don't. I haven't read it but I am not so naive as to not understand what the book is about.