Dorothy Allison
Bastard Out of Carolina
April 16, 2019 Comments.. 209
Bastard Out of Carolina Dorothy Allison Greenville County, South Carolina, is a lush place of black walnut trees and weeping willows, of sweet tea served on shaded porches It is also home to the Boatwright family rough hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other s trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too quickly At the heart of this memorable family and of this astonishing novel Greenville County, South Carolina, is a lush place of black walnut trees and weeping willows, of sweet tea served on shaded porches It is also home to the Boatwright family rough hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other s trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too quickly At the heart of this memorable family and of this astonishing novel is Ruth Anne Boatwright, called Bone by her family, a South Carolina bastard with an annotated birth certificate to tell the tale.Bone knows what Greenville County thinks os her family, and when she s not defending them passionately, she has to agree Boatwrights are drunks and thieves, and she d like nothing than to escape the life they would make for her Observing everything with a mercifully keen eye, Bone sees the legacy of poverty and futility that marks her family s place in this small southern town the fierce pride that erupts in rage and violence the women who ward off loneliness by having children the desperation of itinerant souls who scarcely dare to dream of a better life.Bone dreams She dreams of becoming a gospel singer despite the fact that she can barely carry a tune , or of living a life out of one of the books she steals from the local library She dreams of a life not only beyond Greenville but also away from Daddy Glen, the stepfather whose tenderness quickly gives way to a sly, meanspirited jealously that will test the loyalty of her mother, Anney The edges of this family triangle are sharp enough to draw blood Glen calls Bone cold as death, mean as a snake, and twice as twisty, yet Anney needs Glen like a strong woman needs meat between her teeth At first infinitely gentle with Bone, Daddy Glen becomes steadily colder and furious until their final, harrowing encounter, from which there can be no turning back.Written in a mesmerizing voice that mingles the languid rhythms of country music with raw, unsparing descriptions of emotional and physical violence, Bastard out of Carolina marks the emergence of an extraordinarily gifted writer.. Bastard Out of Carolina Greenville County South Carolina is a lush place of black walnut trees and weeping willows of sweet tea served on shaded porches It is also home to the Boatwright family rough hewn men who drink ha
  • Title: Bastard Out of Carolina
  • Author: Dorothy Allison
  • ISBN: 9780525934257
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Jeffrey Keeten says:

      He pinned me between his hip and the sink, lifting me slightly and bending me over I reached out and caught hold of the porcelain, trying not to grab at him, not to touch him No No No He was raging, spitting, the blows hitting the wall as often as they hit me Beyond the door, Mama was screaming Daddy Glen was grunting I hate him I hated him The belt went up and came down Fire along my thighs Pain I would not scream I would not, would not, would not scream Bone played by Jena Malone in the movie [...]

    2. Lawyer says:

      Bastard Out of Carolina A Reader s Personal Reflection People pay for that they do, and still , for what they have allowed themselves to become And the pay for it simply by the lives they lead James Baldwin From the epigraph to the novel No one knows what goes on behind closed doors It is hard to swallow, hard to believe, stories such as the one told by Dorothy Allison The world would be a much prettier and pleasant place if we did not have to believe things of the nature related by young Ruth [...]

    3. Diane says:

      This book is beautifully written, but I did not enjoy it It is a grim story of poverty, child abuse and rape The prose may be lovely but the drama is harrowing Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies Bastard Out of Carolina is the story of Ruth Anne Boatwright, but everyone calls her Bone She was born out of wedlock and doesn t know who her daddy is Her mama tried several times to get the word illegitimate removed from Bone s birth certificate, but the courthouse [...]

    4. Saleh MoonWalker says:

      Onvan Bastard Out of Carolina Nevisande Dorothy Allison ISBN 452287057 ISBN13 9780452287051 Dar 320 Safhe Saal e Chap 1992

    5. Cheryl says:

      Dorothy Allison pissed a few people off when she first wrote this novel Boy am I glad she did Why should literature seek to please, rather than excite the reader Why should it try to be polite in order to seek the truth Should books not produce composed disorder, honest diatribes, and gut wrenching truths Insult me, make me angry, make me laugh, make me cry, leave my mouth agape from disbelief at your crude renunciations of what I thought was orthodox all things that good books do In Greenville [...]

    6. Helene Jeppesen says:

      This is one of those books that leaves you with so many questions, but I think the afterword really helped me understand the overall message, and it made me realize how important this book is This is a brutal and honest story about Ruth who grows up with her mother, her sister and her step father in America She is also surrounded by a ton of aunts and uncles who help her guide her through life This book is not for the faint hearted, but still I think it s very important that everybody read it It [...]

    7. Dem says:

      2.5 Stars Bastard out of Carolina is a tough and harrowing read Written by Dororthy Allison and set in Allison s home town of Greenville, South Carolina in the 1950s The story centres around Bone Boatwright a girl born fatherless to 15 years old Anney Boatwright and sexually and physically abused by her step father Glen but part of a large extended family who know poverty and life is as hard as it gets a life where family matters but drinking and fighting is part of their existence.I personally [...]

    8. Larry Bassett says:

      Oh, but that s why I got to cut his throat, she said plainly If I didn t love the son of a bitch, I d let him live forever This statement written by Dorothy Allison in Bastard Out of Carolina and spoken by Alma is often quoted in reviews Words in the Boatwright family are not always logical and rarely without passion By the time you read this book you will have had enough experience with the large dysfunctional family to know that.I remembered Aunt Alma s direct look this afternoon when she d ta [...]

    9. Jon says:

      Reminiscent of This Boy s Life and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the novel is a coming of age story set in the rural south The novel opens with the birth of main character and narrator of the story, Ruth Anne nicknamed Bone , the illegitimate daughter of a 15 year old member of the dirt poor Boatwright clan The book, a semi autobiography, chronicles Bone s youth growing up as poor, white trash and the abuse she suffers at the hands of her emotionally disturbed stepfather.The abuse scenes are [...]

    10. Robert says:

      Bastard Out of Carolina is one of those books about which all of the hooplah surrounding it really baffles me Allison basically plagiarizes herself by, instead of expanding what was a quite good short story she wrote and published in High Risk An Anthology of Forbidden Writings, simply cutting and pasting sections of it throughout the book I actually went through it and identified the sections because I could scarcely believe a serious author would do something so incredibly lazy The final produ [...]

    11. knig says:

      I was really looking forward to some Southern Comfort with a side serving of White Trash to Gari gargle with, after a longish bout of classic literature Its necessary, when one finds oneself saying wherwithal and henceforth in all seriousness Over a pint But Dorothy Allison doesn t deliver what she promises on the label There is, forsooth oops, there I go again , no White Trash qualia here at all No madness, no real violence save for two scenes towards the end , no drunkenness, no nothing In fac [...]

    12. A.M. O'Malley says:

      I just read this for the second time When I was still at home, still under his roof I saw the film adaptation of Bastard Out Of Carolina We all did my mother, him, the boys we watched it together in the living room I laid on the floor in front of the TV and felt all the muscles in my body tense and a hot flush go through me as I watched the story of Bone , the bastard girl Her mama married a man after a hard life, he was her second chance and then her mama stood by as that man hurt Bone He terro [...]

    13. Jim says:

      Took the shine off my teeth, this one But also made me want to torch every bottle distributor truck in the Carolinas just in case it might slow down that piece of work Glen and his damn fool wife Forget about burning down the Greenville courthouse Bone had the right idea when she went up on the roof you got to hit them the only place they can feel, in the cash pocket I read this slow Slow and stubborn, which felt just right And now I m snake bit I need to hear from Granny about what don t count [...]

    14. Josh says:

      This is a brutal life we live For those who say they love us, how can we really know unless they share it in a loving manner We trust these people, these adults who we admire, who we believe will keep us safe These loving actions and words can easily turn into anger and bring out the monster within.When all you know is ugliness, you become ugly Ugly, ugly, ugly.The last 40 50 pages made me feel anger, disgust and an anxiety that knows no comparison Some have shared their opinions about this bein [...]

    15. Mary says:

      God damn, this was rough as guts.

    16. Michael says:

      I had wanted to laugh at everyone, Raylene and the nurses, all of them watching me like some fragile piece of glass, ready to shatter around boiling water I was boiling inside I was cooking away I was who I was going to be, and she was a terrible person A word of warning right from the start if you are sensitive to physical, sexual and mental abuse than this book may be one you will wan t to avoid Narrated by Ruth Anne Bone Boatwright, this a harrowing story of a dysfunctional but loving Souther [...]

    17. Sue Davis says:

      This is one of the most heart wrenching, shockingly sad novels about poverty, family interaction, dysfunction and abuse that I have read recently For me Allison s treatment of class and gender and, to a lesser extent, race always there in a southern novel makes Bastard Out of Carolina such an important contribution to southern literature rather than just a very sad story about an incredibly feckless mother A quotation that captures the theme of class and race in the context of southern history t [...]

    18. jo says:

      i have no idea why this book gets so much love the writing is mediocre, the story construction weak linked, the point fudged by so much nonsense, it s blurry and romanticized and wrapped in cheap tin foil and smelling of county fair cotton candy and the mistique of class i like it just as much as i like the mistique of ethnicity, i.e not at all.

    19. Demisty Bellinger says:

      Let s see It, at first, seemed like a log of a child s life, growing up in 1950s 60s hard to tell try to figure it out via the music South Carolina All the trials and tribulations of growing up in a single family household, crazy extended family, young mother, et cetera Her mother marries then is widowed I think this is all before the mother is 21 , marries again to a man that beats and molests Ruth Anne, nicknamed Bone narr and our hero repeatedly The molestation is silent almost throughout, bu [...]

    20. Vanessa says:

      I really hate to say it, but I struggled a lot with this book Bastard Out of Carolina has been on my TBR ever since I first heard Mercedes from MercysBookishMusings absolutely glowing review, and it sounded like everything I love in a book, and besides Maybe I was a victim of hype, but I found this really difficult to get through.The book is semi autobiographical, and follows the child narrator Bone, and illegitimate child who suffers both physical and mental abuse at the hands of her cruel ste [...]

    21. Lewis says:

      A contemporary classic, this powerful novel is a disturbing tale of child abuse, told with wisdom and restraint Allison brilliantly tells the story through the first person narrative of Bone, a young girl who doesn t want to believe what s happening to her, so for the most part she reveals the truth sparingly which makes the dramatic moments that much terrifying Allison deftly captures the psychological nuances of the situation at the same time, making clear to the reader some things the innoc [...]

    22. Virginia Messina says:

      On her web site Dorothy Allison says What I am here for is to tell you stories you may not want to hear Bastard Out of Carolina is definitely a hard story to hear It is a beautifully written semi autobiographical account of a childhood in 1950s 60s South Carolina The protagonist, nicknamed Bone, is a victim of poverty and physical abuse, including sexual abuse But she is also part of a big extended family, all of whom are poor, uneducated, loving, and protective Allison lived this story and knew [...]

    23. Lee says:

      Shitty book Not badly written characters not flat or cardboard So I really had to ask myself, Why is this book so bad Why did I dislike it so much Answer because it s boring Sure, stuff happens It s not logged down with too much detail, or badly executed, or anything like that The story, the events, the plot itself, is one of the most boring I ve ever came across.We have this little girl She s born into bad circumstances, and that s okay But then bad shit happens to her Again Again Lather, rinse [...]

    24. Dree says:

      Entertaining sad semi autobiographical tale of poverty and abuse in South Carolina probably not for everyone though Very compelling well written although I found it a little frustrating the ending ultimately unsatisfying But I guess thats real life for you Even though I understand it s easy to judge others when we don t live in their worlds, I could not help but feel incredible anger at Anney her whole family really for not protecting Bone I know Glen got beaten up once by the uncles, but it see [...]

    25. Dusty Myers says:

      One thing I know for sure is that Bastard out of Carolina is, in the end, a very conservative book Its focus is on the family Ruth Anne Boatwright is a girl born the titular bastard to a teenage mother, Annie, and an absent father The mother remarries after she has another kid with a man who dies, and this man she marries Daddy Glen turns out in what has now become a cliche in the memoir autobionovel genre to be abusive First it s verbal emotional, then it becomes physical sexual All the while, [...]

    26. Book Concierge says:

      This is a fine work of literary fiction centering on a young girl s coming of age in the 1950s rural South, and fighting the label of trash attached to her Ruth Anne Bone is born to her extremely beautiful 15 year old mother shortly after an auto accident In the confusion at the hospital her grandmother and aunt can t agree on her name and as a result her birth certificate bears the label Illegitimate Her grandmother insists this makes no difference the baby is still part of the Boatwright clan, [...]

    27. Lela says:

      Great book The characters are so well drawn and realistic It has some really great moments as the world is seen through Bone s eyes Painful, too Would like books like this

    28. Kwoomac says:

      4.5 stars I was warned so I knew what I was getting into but this was a difficult read I felt like I couldn t take my eyes off a car wreck.Ruth Anne, generally known as Bone, is a believable character She s not a reliable reporter as she s just a young girl with a child s skewed perspective But she just felt so real to me The story follows Bone from about age 5 until the end of her twelfth year.Allison was actually able to create a whole cast of believable characters The uncles, loved and admire [...]

    29. Kiwi Begs2Differ✎ says:

      My rating is partly a measure of my enjoyment rather than an assessment on the story and the author s writing Dorothy Allison sure knows how to write but the child neglect, violence and the descriptions of Bone s brutal experiences were too much for me, I found really hard not to put this book aside It is no surprise this novel was banned in schools I don t believe in banning books and this one has an important message about family abuse that needs to be addressed but it is not a read I would re [...]

    30. David says:

      In the afterword, the author talks about meeting with PTAs and library associations as her book was banned in several places around the country, and feeling terrible because a young teacher lost her job and left teaching after she had her kids read Bastard Out of Carolina.Dorothy Allison isn t unsympathetic to those parents who want to protect their children from her book Bastard Out of Carolina is not a feelgood story, it s not about a spunky girl triumphing over adversity, rising above her mea [...]

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