Hoop Roots (PDF)

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Free read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · John Edgar Wideman John Edgar Wideman · 0 Read Hoop Roots Free download ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Where white factory workers shot hoops on their breaks Then someone handed him a ball That thrilling first shot was a turning point Later he sneaked from his dying grandmother’s bedside to the courts where other black boys gathered Here he really learned the game the African American game whose style and power would change him and our culture With Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk as his model Wideman combines memoir with history folklore and commentary to create a magical evocation of his uniue slice of American ex. per B Kingsolver recommendation NO dialogue vaguely ab basketball in the early days on a poor man s court Not my cup of tea but finished 2001 hardback via Berea Library 224 pgs

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Free read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · John Edgar Wideman John Edgar Wideman · 0 Read Hoop Roots Free download ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Perience He imagines the Harlem Globetrotters in 1927 on their way to the Illinois town where the only black resident will be lynched A playground game in Greenwich Village conjures Larry Bird Magic Johnson and the sources of black minstrelsy African American language culture music and sport brilliantly interweave in a lyrical narrative that glides from nostalgic to outraged from scholarly to streetwise from defiant to celebratory Like his previous memoirs Wideman’s Hoop Roots is both deeply personal and fiercely resona. Memoir Meditation on race On loss On love A feint A pump fake A crossover dribble But unfortunately mostly not a book about playground basketball Except in a few wondrous passages fails to capture or convey the rapture passion and meaning of playing the greatest game every played

Free read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · John Edgar Wideman

Free read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · John Edgar Wideman John Edgar Wideman · 0 Read Hoop Roots Free download ñ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Hoop Roots is John Edgar Wideman’s memoir of discovering the game that has been his singular passion for nearly fifty years It is eually inevitably the story of the roots of black basketball in America a story inextricable from race culture love and home As a boy Wideman lived in his grandparents’ worn but welcoming home in the ghettoized Homewood section of Pittsburgh It was a world presided over by women forever coddling scolding protective One day John slipped away from their watchful gaze and escaped to a place. This book leaves a lot to be desired I m willing to concede that it could just be me because this is not the first memoir I ve read and didn t like However for a book whose title implies that it is going to be about basketball only about 25% of the book is actually about basketball Or maybe accurately the chapter starts talking about basketball but then wanders so far off from the initial topic that you forget that it was even talking about basketball in the first placeWideman s description and writing are good I do believe he is a good writer It s just that this book is so disorganized and jumps all over the place and maybe errs on the side of over describing that anything good gets easily lost because by the end of the chapter you can t remember where the chapter started or what it was even about because so much gets crammed into it that you can t absorb it all Plus like I said you think it s going to be about basketball but most of the time it really isn tI also will say I admire Wideman s honesty and vulnerability in writing this he leaves nothing out But the thing of it is I think in parts it errs on the side of imprudent sharing There are things in there he is brutally honest about that the reader did not need to know and didn t really add anything to the storyOverall I would not read this book again and would not recommend that anyone read this book I think it has some potential but as it stands currently it was a painful and difficult book to read and not the good kind of pain or difficulty


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    Free read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · John Edgar Wideman John Edgar Wideman · 0 Read Read Hoop Roots One of the surprises of my life in the last few years is falling back in love with sports I thought I had given them up filed them away as philistine nonsense juvenile and macho posturing another example of the bread and cir

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    Hoop Roots (PDF) This book leaves a lot to be desired I'm willing to concede that it could just be me because this is not the first memoir

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    Hoop Roots (PDF) John Edgar Wideman · 0 Read At the beginning of the memoir John Edgar Wideman is finally succumbing to the idea that his body is too worn out to play basketball any Instead of playing has written a series of memoir essays on playground basketball especially his childhood self playing in Homewood a black lower class neighborhood in Pittsburgh Wideman's prose

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    Hoop Roots (PDF) John Edgar WidemanΦBK University of Pennsylvania 1962AuthorFrom the publisher A multilayered memoir of basketball family home love and race John Edgar Wideman’s Hoop Roots brings a touch of Proust to the blacktop Time as it tells of the author's love for a game he can no longer play Beginning with the scruffy backlot playground he discovered in Pittsburgh some fifty years ago Wideman works magical riffs that connec

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    Hoop Roots (PDF) Read for Battle of the Books I really wanted to like this book I tried but I’m not a fan of what I call “stream of consciousness” writing And that’s what this is While main topics like the author’s love of basket

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    Read Hoop Roots Free read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · John Edgar Wideman John Edgar Wideman · 0 Read per B Kingsolver recommendation NO dialogue; vaguely ab basketball in the early days on a poor man’s court Not my cup of tea but finished 2001 hardback via Berea Library 224 pgs

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    Hoop Roots (PDF) Free read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · John Edgar Wideman Wideman sees the game of pickup basketball as a metaphor for the challenges successes and failures of life as an escape from the poverty and oppression of poor black neighborhoods and as a kind of meditative practice of finding the flow living in the moment If urban blight indeed a movable famine playground ball the city's movable feast Thesis and antithesis Blight a sign of material decay ball a sign of spir

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    Free read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · John Edgar Wideman Hoop Roots (PDF) John Edgar Wideman · 0 Read Whatever John Wideman writes is pure poetry I find myself smiling about how his words resonate in my mind without

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    Read Hoop Roots Hoop Roots (PDF) Free read Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook · John Edgar Wideman Memoir Meditation on race On loss On love A feint A pump fake A crossover dribble But unfortunately mostly not a book about playgroun

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    Hoop Roots (PDF) As a former school yard basketball player and a long time fan of John Wideman the player and writer this is a must read for me Race and sports and their relationship to each other are well captured in Wideman's meticulous prose

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  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • Hoop Roots
  • John Edgar Wideman
  • English
  • 20 July 2020
  • 9780395857311