The Golden Road: Notes on My Gentrification
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Read reviews that mention golden road caille millner notes on my gentrification road notes read this book harvard experiences memoir words writes young beautifully city insight writer. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I wish I had paid closer attention to the 1-star reviews. Millner is a beautiful writer, but there is no point to this self-indulgent examination of her young life.
A wonderful book about a soulful journey! I met the author, and told her so! One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Reading her column in the San Francisco Chronicle showed a perspective on city life today. This book show's what it was like for an intelligent young lady growing up during the 80's and beyond in the Bay Area. I saw it from the 40's and 50's and beyond and she took a road that was stimulating to those that she met and shared time with. Hard to put down. Why then should I subject myself to the self-inflicted torture and suffering of reading it?
How this out-and-out TRIPE was ever published by Penguin Books, how Millner was ever even accepted much less graduated by Harvard University, is inconceivably beyond any and all human comprehension.
How cringingly poetical is THAT?! Or so she most mistakenly thinks in her rather distorted mind-set. On and on and on and on, her relentless onslaught of self-victimization continues: Well, absolutely no worries there: She goes to a party, she whines: Yet her insatiable lust for outside attention persists despite any and all her deep denial: And so, Millner carries on her sacred family tradition in her sick excuse for a weekly newspaper column to this day: This was my book club's choice and in the beginning I was lured into the book by the beautiful quality of its author's use of words.
She certainly writes poetically. Unfortunately, she has nothing to say.
The entire piece seems like a creative writing exercise. This book rambles all over the place and not one person in my book club--all black women of a wide range of ages, educational backgrounds, and national origins--could discern anything that we could take away from these ramblings that made any sense to any of us. I frankly don't see how this entire project progressed through all the phases of editorial production without someone recognizing that there was no "there" there.
I had to write this to warn all future readers to be cautious about the praise given by other reviewers. Yes; it is beautifully written and if you want to read beautiful prose that takes you on a journey to nowhere, this book is for you. If you want coherence and some semblance of insightful analysis, look elsewhere. This book is a poorly written mish- mash of disconnected experiences, apparently from the author's personal journal.
There are no connecting threads, nor does there appear to be any direction or point to what she writes. The "narrative" she espouses demonstrates no affect, or insight. I was amazed that this was published, and am convinced those who sing her praises on the book's cover could not have actually read this book.
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There are two pages mid-book that indicate that Ms Millner actually can write, but the remainder of the book is, in my opinion,a waste of time and money. Whatever happened to editing?? Caille Millner's memoir, The Golden Road; Notes on My Gentrification is the sort of book you sit down with, read a few paragraphs, and then decide you need to hole up without interruption until you have devoured every page. It hooked me on several levels.
The Golden Road: Notes on My Gentrification
The first element that drew me in was her writing -- it is just plain gorgeous. Many times I sat with the book in my lap after reading a passage, recalling the sheer beauty of her words. The next thing that drew me in was the story itself. She tells of her experiences growing up in suburban California as a black child in first a working class Latino neighborhood and then an upper class primarily white neighborhood. The reader follows her through childhood into adolescence and on to her college years at Harvard and then, as a young woman, out in the world.
So, the writing and the story itself were both engaging. But thing that I find most striking about this book is Ms.
Millner's deeply observant and reflective nature. She seems to go through life in a heightened state of awareness which allows her to illuminate her experiences and by extension, the reader's experiences. One cannot read this book without better understanding oneself and our modern world. Perhaps this is the true measure of her genius, that she can take us along with her and we see all she sees and feels and understands as she does through her exceptional ability to reveal the inner workings of race and class and self.
This book is sometimes painful to read, but always, always a thing of beauty. Debut memoirist Millner describes her childhood The coming-of-age genre has long been a nonfiction staple and, apart from its function in memoir, has been employed by many writers, including freelance journalist Millner coauthor, with Oral Lee California saved Caille Millner's parents, or at least saved them from lives of Notes on My Gentrification.
An extraordinary young writer's search for authenticity among the various communities of identity-black, Latino, techno-utopian, Ivy League, activist-competing for her allegiance, each with its distinct allures and perils. California saved Caille Millner's parents, or at least saved them from lives of poverty and oppression as black Americans growing up in racially benighted backwaters.
It provided them with a free education and opportunities for advancement into the solid middle class and even beyond.