Until this semester I discover this author and this book, so I wouldn’t have read this book unless someone would have forced me to do so… which happened. However, I am not saying that I did not like the book, but it is not my type or reading…
This book was so difficult to read at the beginning, the style and the narration (a polyphony) make it so hard to follow and to know who is talking, when this happened, and where they come from… but as the book settles down, everything takes shape and then you know what is going on. We hear the same story from… 8 different people, their struggles, their origins, and their personal fights. We deal with topics of womanhood, racism, and we also have criticism not only to society but also to the church.
An archetype or an universal symbol, may be a character, a theme, a symbol, or even a setting. Many literary critics are of the opinion that archetypes, which have a common and recurring representation in a particular human culture or entire human race, shape the structure and function of a literary work. After considering this, a “private archetype” is a private or a symbol in the novel that means something for the character or for the author. Usually this ones will not have any meaning or the same meaning in another novel.
They are some private archetypes like the shoes of one of the main characters. Why? Because for the author and the characters, having shoes is having a soul, having shoes make you someone, and having shoes make you dependent of the rest. A house that was never finished and the family that crumbles down, how isolation was such a good thing for the characters as they were not corrupted nor poisoned by society or church. We see how the women are all together regardless of their color or background, but when you add church, everything changes drastically. It is sad also to see the dependency of woman to men, and this is not because they want but because society made it to be like that.
Motherhood is a recurrent topic on this title and I think that is why it was called like this, and why I chose this quote because even though we look for the mercy of god, humans will make the real difference in this life. I might want God’s Mercy in this life or expect to have it when moving to the other, but human’s are the ones that will judge me and end me in this life.
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