The Color Of Water Book Report

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The Color of Water This report is for Mr. Yellum’s period two, English four class. The name of the book I chose is The Color of Water. The author is James McBride and contains 256 pages. The Color Of water was published by Riverhead books in 1996, and is copywrited by James Mcbride. I decided to read this book because I had heard good things about it from some of my friends and it seemed like an interesting book from the summaries I read about it online. On the back cover there are 5 quotes from different authors praising the book, and author James McBride as well. They say things like “this book is a monumental tribute not only to James’s mother Ruth, but to the Family she raised as well…..”(John H. Williams, author of The Man Who Cried I…show more content…
James goes through many father-like figures in his life. Andrew Dennis Mcbride is his real father however. He fathered and raised 8 of Ruth’s 12 children and died before James was born; but was yet a very important guiding force throughout James’s Life. James’s step father Hunter Jordan, is James’s only father figure in his whole life; he married Ruth after her first husband died and was the father of 4 of her 12 children. He died of a stroke when James was only a teen, but many of his values and faiths are those of James’. Ruth’s Father Fishel Shilsky is a very hard headed, racist, demanding person, he sexually abused Ruth and kicked her out of the house when she married a black man Her mother Hudis Shilsky was a very timid woman who lived her whole life with polio, she is very good to Ruth. Ruth’s sister Dee Dee is a very timid, beautiful girl much like her mother. She never had as many problems with her father because she never fought him, and she was very submissive to him. Her Brother Sam is also much timid, he is submissive to his father as well; which makes his father eve more angry with him because he expects him to be a strong manly figure who can stand his ground and stick up for…show more content…
It’s an autobiography is some ways, and a ficticious novel in others. It’s set in Harlem, New York in the 1960s for the most part, when describing the life of James and his siblings. However, it progresses from the 1920’s through the 1990’s, and takes place in a variety of places such as: Suffolk, Kentucky, Oberlin, Ohio, and Wilmington, Delaware. Basically, it tells the story of Ruth Mcbride. From when she was a little child through to when she was an adult raising her children. It tells about her abusive, racist father; about her Mother and siblings and how she was the strongest of them all, because only she could stand up to her father. About her many love affairs, relationships, and flings. It tells about James and her other 11 children, and the many life-changing experiences they transition through. She is portrayed as a strong woman, who fought her way through oppression, and endured many hardships throughout her
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