Lost in Language and Sound

or, How I Found My Way to the Arts; Essays
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.15 hours)
Product Number: Z100025890
Released: Jan 01, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780792784692
Narrator/s: Allyson Johnson
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Lost in Language and Sound is a vibrant and vital collection that celebrates the three most important muses in the life and work of Ntozake Shange: language, music, and dance. In this deeply personal book, the celebrated writer reflects on what it means to be an artist, a woman, and a woman of color through a beautiful combination of memoir and essay. She describes where her love for creative forces began-in her childhood home, a place where imagination reigned and boredom wasn't allowed. The essays tell stories ranging from the poignant origin of her celebrated play For Colored Girls to why Shange needed to deconstruct the English language to make that production work; from the intensity of the female experience and the black experience as separate entities to the difficulty of living both lives simultaneously; from the intense love of jazz bestowed on her by her father to a similar obsession with dance, which came from her mother. With deep sincerity, attention, and her legendary candor, Shange's collection progresses from the public arena to the private, gathering along the way the passions and insights of an author who writes with "such exquisite care and beauty that anybody can relate to her message" (Clive Barnes, New York Times).

Professional reviews

"The author, best known for her stage piece FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, explains how she became involved in the arts and how she's grown as a performer and writer. Each essay is personal and contains a great deal of information for both the casual listener and anyone looking for a more analytical view of Shange's career. Allyson Johnson narrates with authority and confidence in a clear voice and a bright, lively tone. She's easy to follow and is able to focus on the thematic strands the author wants to emphasize. Johnson, though, can't help sounding like a professor sometimes, due to the material, and her attempts at re-creating Shange's performances are strained. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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