Corregidora is a raw, sensual and brutal story of a female blues singer and her relationships with men. The book showcases violence and sexuality. Her family history begins with her ancestors lives in slavery; her mother, grandmother and great grandmother were abused by a Portuguese master in Argentina named Simon Corregidora. Recommended read.
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A literary classic that remains vital to our understanding of the past, Corregidora is Gayl Jones’s powerful debut novel, examining womanhood, sexuality, and the psychological residue of slavery. Jones masterfully tells the story of Ursa, a Kentucky blues singer, who, in the wake of a tragic loss, confronts her maternal history and the legacy of Corregidora, the Portuguese slave master who fathered both her mother and grandmother. Consumed and haunted by her hatred of the man who irrevocably shaped her life and the lives of her family, Ursa Corregidora must come to terms with a past that is never too distant from the present.
Selected and first edited by Toni Morrison, it is “the most brutally honest and painful revelation of what has occurred, and is occurring, in the souls of Black men and women,” (James Baldwin) and “a tale as American as Mount Rushmore and as murky as the Florida swamps.” (Maya Angelou).
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Corregidora is a raw, ...
My mama told me what t...
My mama told me what they all lived through and we were suppose to pass it down like that from generation to generation. (Page 7) The generations were great-grandmother, to grandmother, to mother to daughter. What they each lived through was the legacy of slavery, even those whose direct experience was after slavery had ended. The slaveholder overshadowed the lives of these women, giving them a story that each held, and lived. The story is told in the voice of Ursa Corregidora, the last in the line of these women. The legacy that they live extends to the men they take as their partners: men whose tenderness can swing to violence; men who also live the legacy of slavery. This is a difficult story in its casual cruelty, but among the generations of women is a deep love.
I read this short nove...
I read this short novel in college and am glad that I had the chance to re-read it 30 years later. It is a brutal account of the sexual and psychological abuses of slavery that got passed on generationally and how it effects Ursa's present day, often violent relationships with men. Written in plain, honest dialogue it is somewhat of a simple tale of belonging and the universal need of being loved.
I received this book f...
I received this book from Early Reviewers, and it was a tough, but worthwhile read. First published in 1975, this book explores the legacies of slavery especially as related to black women and sexuality/intimacy. Ursa Corregidora is a blues singer, whose mother and grandmother were both fathered by the same man, Simon Corregidora, a Portuguese slave master in Brazil. Jones's writing is excellent, she does a good job of representing Ursa's voice. I will note that it is sexually explicit. The book really illustrates inter-generational trauma and how tragically it has effected individual lives in the African American community.
Gayl Jones has a gift ...
Gayl Jones has a gift for taking the reader into the lives of her characters through the language, descriptions, and unforgettable characters. Ursa is the main character, a blues singer who has an ex-husband who abused her, and a second ex-husband who didn't stay faithful to her. Woven throughout the story are the stories of her mother and grandmother who were slaves owned by a slave master in Argentina. Their lives were ones of having no power and being used (and sold) by their master for sexual purposes after he fathered both of them. The story covers many years, and is an interesting and vivid portrait into the lives of Ursa and the other characters of the book.
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