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by Pam Durban

  • ISBN: 0312283474
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Pam Durban
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Picador; First edition (October 5, 2001)
  • Pages: 259
  • ePub book: 1610 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1810 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 615

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So Far Back: A Novel. So Far Back is a nuanced and resonant portrait of two families sharing an enduring past and an uneasy present. So Far Back - Pam Durban.

So Far Back: A Novel. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Walking Tour of the Historic District Charleston, South Carolina Site No. 1.

So Far Back, Pam Durban, HB-B, @ 2000, 11/00. A rambling story of two families, one while, one black in Charleston, SC, in the present day, and in the 1800's, masters and slaves.

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Pam Durban's SO FAR BACK. com User, October 28, 2000. This hypnotic novel about Charleston past and present is a brilliant exploration of racism - its bitter roots and its modern disfiguring effects. A writer of remarkable insight and compassion, Durban explores the complexities and contradictions of race in a story that expertly weaves present and past, and provides an understanding of humanity that will resonate with readers whether they grew up in the South or not.

Pam Durban is the author of the novels The Laughing Place (winner of the Townsend Prize), So Far Back (winner of the Lillian Smith Award), and The Tree of Forgetfulness and the short story collection All Set About with Fever Trees.

Praise for So Far Back. Durban has sewn an exquisite novel by reaching back in time and pulling her characters forward, again and again, creating an intricate and lasting design. Durban's knowledgeable descriptions of the area allow the reader to practically smell spring in Charleston. A graceful, poignant and ultimately satisfying story. Pam Durban writes with such deep and abiding empathy that we never doubt her characters' voices, thoughts, or hearts, whether in the pre-Civil War South or more contemporary settings

So Far Back: A Novel. Pam Durban writes with such deep and abiding empathy that we never doubt her characters' voices, thoughts, or hearts, whether in the pre-Civil War South or more contemporary settings. To have this wonderful new collection Soon in print is cause for celebration.

Diana's fate is gradually revealed, even as Louisa discovers objects in her house missing, moved, dented, and seemingly handled by an unappeasable presence. In some small way trying to set right age-old wrongs, Louisa discovers how her own life is entangled in her family's haunted history. ISBN 9780312283476 (978-0-312-28347-6) Softcover, St. Martin's Press, 2001. Find signed collectible books: 'So Far Back: A Novel'. So Far Back: A Novel: ISBN 9780312283476 (978-0-312-28347-6) Softcover, St. The Tree of Forgetfulness: A Novel (Yellow Shoe Fiction). Coauthors & Alternates.

Rosa Pam Durban (born March 4, 1947 Aiken, South Carolina) is an. .2001 Lillian Smith Book Award. 1994 Townsend Prize for Fiction. The Tree of Forgetfulness: A Novel. Louisiana State University Press.

Rosa Pam Durban (born March 4, 1947 Aiken, South Carolina) is an American novelist and short story writer. ISBN 978-0-312-28347-6. ISBN 978-0-807-14972-0.

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Louisa Hilliard, the last descendant of one of Charleston's oldest families, finds her quiet life turned upside down when she comes upon the diary of one of her ancestors, which recounts the story of Diana, a 19th Century slave who worked for the Hilliards. As Louisa learns of Diana's tragic fate, she begins to sense a presence roaming in her house. Attempting to appease this presence and set right age-old wrongs, she discovers how her own life is entangled in her family's haunted history.

Comments

Yla Yla
I really enjoyed this read. I've read a lot about charleston, been there several times and had one of my most memorable(!) ghost experiences there ! This ghost story was to me utterly believable, and i loved the history of the two families intertwined over 200 years. The tourists usually see the beauty of charleston, the historic district, the antiques, the culture, the flowers, etc. This author reminds us that there was a not so beautiful side of life in this city, whether one was black or white. She brings to life the horrors of slavery and lynchings, as well as the killer climate with its heat and dampness, hurricanes and storms, poisonous snakes, the epidemics of diseases like yellow fever that struck year after year when there was no cure or treatment, and the deaths of many, including children and babies, from causes such as kitchen accidents, ulcers, and other then-unknown reasons. This gives the book a balance and makes it realistic. The main character learns to look a little deeper, and so will you. And i'm cheering for Diana--read the book and find out why.
Jia Jia
This book is recommended for those interested in family history, historical fiction and life in the South during slavery.
Ann Culp tour guide for the Hilliard family house summarizes what the book is about when she says, "It's getting harder and harder to keep them apart, the black story and the white one: they pull toward each other, merge, and tangle." Louisa Hilliard's life and the life of her ancestors represent the white story and Evelyn Pope and the life of her ancestors represent the black story. The two stories merge into a ghost story.
Diana the defiant slave and gifted seamstress is equally defiant in death as she angrily destroys items in the Hilliard house and forces Louisa to dig deep into the family history to find a way to appease the angry ghost. Diana is angry because when she ran away from the Hilliard house and disappeared, Eliza Hilliard took credit for the christening gown that she (Diana) had helped to create. Generations of Hilliard babies had been christened in the gown that she put so much skill and effort into. It was up to Louisa the family historian to make things right with Diana's descendant Evelyn Pope. Louisa however keeps making these faux pas with Evelyn.
The story takes us into the past when Louisa was in her 30's, the present when Louisa was in her 60's, the distant past long before Louisa was born and back again to the present after Louisa's death. The voices in the story are of Louisa, Evelyn , Eliza and finally Ann. The different voices and perspectives is what makes the book interesting.
My favorite part of the book was when Louisa reminisced about her love affair with a catholic priest.
Meztihn Meztihn
So Far Back is the story of two women--one a contemporary Southerner, the other her 19th century ancestor--and their shared history. When Louisa Hilliard discovers a long-buried journal of her slaveholding ancestor, she begins a journey into the past and learns about the life of Diana, a slave whose descendants have continued to work in some capacity for the Hilliard family. This novel is a rich, thought-provoking book about race, class, and the lives of women who "keep house". Our reading group chose this on the recommendation of a bookseller, and a number of us found it relevant to our own lives and to those of our grandparents and great-grandparents. Recommended for reading groups who want a book with some issues and historical backdrop.
Porgisk Porgisk
Even if you are from the north - or a transplant to the south from the north as I am this book is a MUST READ. I live near Charleston but travel to Columbia and Savannah also - and this depiction of the push/pull between the races is an amazing truth. Ms. Durban has become the skin of southern life and takes you back to the origin of today's feelings between the old white and black feelings. There is an understanding in her writing that tears the heart and opens the valve of communication for today. Please read this book - if you read no other this summer. You will be rewarded for the time spent and will "crave" more.
Alister Alister
This hypnotic novel about Charleston past and present is a brilliant exploration of racism - its bitter roots and its modern disfiguring effects. But it's also something else: an act of alchemy in which years of painstaking historical research have been transformed by Durban into what can only be called "living history." She has so completely imagined her fictional universe - its sounds and odors, its self-justifying strategies, its specific cultural dementia, its continuously tragic but nevertheless human failures - that one feels somehow present in the past, but this time blessed with an understanding that is always missing from the actual present. This is really a fine, thoughtful, and ultimately unforgettable book.
Vizuru Vizuru
It is very rare to find a work of fiction as rich and emotionally complex as SO FAR BACK. A writer of remarkable insight and compassion, Durban explores the complexities and contradictions of race in a story that expertly weaves present and past, and provides an understanding of humanity that will resonate with readers whether they grew up in the South or not. This is, quite simply, a haunting and beautiful novel.
Very Old Chap Very Old Chap
Durban's insightful and often haunting descriptions of personnal relationships and struggles to overcome ingrained prejudices elevate this novel to a great read for all ages. Her character development is exquisite, and the subjects of aging and racial relationships are daunting but sensitively portrayed. A definite book club choice for me, this novel gives new meaning to historical fiction.
While some readers may not understand all the nuances of Charleston's society and her traditions, they will nonetheless be captivated by Miss Durban's fluid writing. It is a novel that one could finish in several hours without putting it down.
She is one of the finest Southern writers I have experienced in years.