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In the forefront of the new African American consciousness, Toni Cade Bambara has had experience in the theater, on review panels for arts councils, and in affirmative action projects, workshops, museums—wherever a talented and energetic voice may be heard.

In this essay, Bily looks at autobiographical elements in Bambara’s “Gorilla, My Love” and the broad critical questions they raise. Moynihan’s report The Negro Family: When Hazel crumples into tears at the end of the story, Baby Jason cries, too.

Books by Toni Cade Bambara. To ask other readers questions about Gorilla, My Loveplease sign up. Overall, this collection felt very one-note. Gorila her short stories, then, Bambara introduces an entire population, men, women, and children, all engaged in Playing the Dozens and other forms of word play.

There are so many reviews out there on it, many of them from literary professors and scholars. And there is more. Hazel’s realization and subsequent disillusionment are skillfully prepared for from the opening lines, where the idea of unpleasant changes is introduced through her first-person narration: In the middle of the century, many felt that the historical critics had lost sight of the works themselves in their hunt for context.

I cannot recommend it enough. Read it Forward Read it first. One of Bambara’s special gifts as a writer of fiction is her ability to portray with sensitivity and compassion the experiences of children from their point of view. A young girl ponders a slow summer, an older women’s politicized children browbeat her for flirting at a neighborhood party, a black record label employee takes her white boyfriend to the deep south to try and record gprilla blues musicians. A critic during the end of the century, when Bambara created her fiction, bambaraa have asked a new set of questions: I’m a new somebody”‘Hazel is not buying and turns to her little brother for solace, bitterly condemning the perfidy of adults: But where they differ is more interesting.

Personally, I took a while to get used to the vocabulary, and some words and stories remain far gorillla out of my orbit that I grasp their meaning and import only loosely.


But Hazel and young Toni are not the same person.

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So I am mad. Since a person whom she has every reason to trust has betrayed her, the entire adult world becomes suspect. Hazel has been raised to speak her mind, and she does. Most are written in the first person with authentic voices, especially those of the adolescent girls growing up and trying to make sense in their world. bambaa

Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara

Would the very same story, if it had been written by a white man, have the same value? Set off by the photo of Hunca Bubba’s woman who is not only never granted the privilege of a name in Hazel’s narration, but is also seen as enacting a gesture that expresses fear of the cameraHazel takes the movie house in the background of the photo as her cue for pushing out the woman altogether and for bringing her passion for movies to the fore “Cause I am a movie freak from way back …”.

She reasons with her parents, and sometimes avoids punishment by making good arguments. By the last third of the twentieth century, critical theory had swung again.

Completely unable to understand the adults’ point of view, she is frightened and alone, with only Baby Jason on her side “Cause he is my blood brother and understands that we must stick together or be forever lost, what with grownups playin change-up and turnin you round every which way so bad.

Further, they observed that the Civil Rights movement had focused on solving problems of segregation in the South, but had not done much to improve the lives of African Americans in the northern cities. The vernacular norm becomes firmly established for the volume not only through the first two stories, but even before them through the brilliantly succinct and witty adoption of black vernacular by the author in her one-page introduction “A Sort of Preface” where “straight-up fiction” is equated with lying in the sense in which this term has always been used in the black oral tradition, as an equivalent for storytelling and is set up against the autobiographical impetus as detrimental to such basic social networks as family and friends.

Oh, and the opening reflection “A Sort of Preface” where Bambara explains why she doesn’t write autobiographical fiction is hilarious and really worth reading. Above all, perhaps what’s most impressive about Bambara’s short story collection is how immediately relevant it is, nearly sixty years after its original publication.


When Hazel returns to the car trip near the end of the story, with another abrupt line “So there I am in the navigator seat”the reader still does not understand how the events are connected. The last straw for Hazel comes when King of Kings is over and a Bugs Bunny cartoon begins—one that they have already seen.

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No gorilla no nuthin. If I’d just kept the book in the car for months and read a story anytime I was sitting in a waiting room, I might have gotten more out of it, but reading this before bed or when I had long stretches required too large a jump from story to story. A young girl suffers her first betrayal.

Nov 16, Sonya Feher rated it liked it Shelves: Bambara and the reader, looking over Hazel’s shoulder, know that Hunca Bubba and Granddaddy are not evil or unkind. As gorillx alternative reading emerges, the more accessible view of a fractured community gives way to a portrait of solidarity, affectionate pride supplants conspicuous but unlikely enmities, and, previously incongruous details become integrated into the narrative.

Please try again later. The Black Power Movement worked to establish a separate black state within the United States after many people came to believe that the mostly nonviolent Civil Rights movement was not achieving its goals.

Lovd she can be hard and cynical beyond her years, she is still a child. Readers meet the characters through the eyes of the narrator, hear the irritation in her voice, and see the photograph in Hunca Bubba’s hand.

Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. The stories are very well-written and are a joy to read. She died of colon cancer on December 9, Bambara is a master of the short story form. Ostensibly announcing her reason for refusing to include “bits and snatches even of real events and real people” in her fiction, she says, “I lie a lot anyway. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Her friend Sugar, on the other hand, rises to it, grasping the need to fight injustice. Feb 23, Alex Fontanetta rated it liked it Shelves: Even though Hazel’s assumptions in the case of gotilla uncle may seem naive and simplistic, her linguistic energy and storytelling verve result from, and are an expression of, her inner strength and substance.