Very well written and filled with emotions that a reader relates to at times and finds it hard to put the book down. The story focuses on a young girl and her abusive family and the power to push through those obstacles that she is facing
This was a tough read and I cant say I enjoyed most of it. Okay I understand its a story that needs to be told and there's loads of people suffering through these situations in real life but I just found it too graphic and disturbing.
Also the writing style I found difficult to say the least I understand that its being told direct from Precious but having to try and interpret every single sentence is painful.
This book is a very upsetting, tragic story and I, unfortunately, cannot see a happy ending ever coming for Precious so its ultimately quite depressing. Maybe the novel version Push is a better read but I don't think I'll invest unless I see some seriously good reviews....Continua
“Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.”
No crystal stair for Claireece Precious Jones. Raped by her father from whom she gets two children, the first one affected by Down Syndrome, and makes her HIV positive. Also sexually molested and beaten by her mother who thinks she stole her husband and forces her to eat so much that she weights more than 200 pounds. Precious feels invisible to everyone, her head constantly swollen with thoughts about her past, with the life of the supposed skinny white girl she’d like to be. Precious is sixteen and illitterate. Then Precious meets a teacher who pushes her to win her life back. When I first read the plot I thought reading this book would just be disturbing but it just wasn’t: first of all, it allowed me to relate to every step of Precious’ story in a really empathic way; everything we think we cannot understand is easy to get when put in a new perspective and context. It showed me how people you never met can support you in ways we can never imagine even if they might need support themselves. Last but not least, it encouraged me to push as well because, no matter if our lives are screwed up as Precious’ or less than that, it’s never too late to push yourself beyond our limits and take them back. About this I’d like to remark that, after reading the book, I thought that the movie should have been called Push as well because that’s the central theme of the story.
Niente scale di cristallo per Claireece Precious Jones. Violentata dal padre, dal quale ha due bambini, la prima dei quali affetta da sindrome di Down. In più la rende sieropositiva. Molestata sessualmente e picchiata dalla madre che pensa di essere stata derubata del marito da sua figlia e la forza a mangiare talmente tanto che Precious arriva a pesare più di 90 chili. Precious si sente invisibile, la sua testa continuamente appesantita da ricordi del passato e dalla vita di una ragazza bianca e magra, amata da tutti, la vita che vorrebbe. Leggendo la trama per la prima volta, ho pensato che la lettura mi avrebbe soltanto turbato ma non è andata così: innanzitutto, mi ha permesso di relazionarmi empaticamente passo per passo alla storia della protagonista; tutto quello che pensiamo di non poter capire è facile da comprendere se messo nella giusta prospettiva e nell’appropriato contesto. Persone sconosciute possono esserti di supporto pur avendone esse stesse bisogno. Infine, ma non per importanza, mi ha incoraggiato a “spingere” perché, a dispetto del fatto che le nostre vite possano essere disastrate tanto quanto o meno di quella di Precious, non è mai troppo tardi per spingerci oltre i nostri stessi limiti e riprendercele. A tal proposito vorrei dire che, dopo aver letto il libro, non sono più molto d’accordo con la scelta di intitolare il film “Precious”. Si sarebbe dovuto chiamare “Push” perché questo è il tema centrale della storia....Continua
The book turned Sundance Film Favorite, is ideally and in essence a story that offers a good message about overcoming obstacles and rising above our circumstances and situations to achieve our goals and to become more than we're expected to be. However, you have to be able to stomach the narrators awful grammar and spelling (Precious, the protagonist/narrator, is a 16-going-on-17 year-old who is illiterate amongst other things) in addition to the enumerable accounts of familial abuse of all sorts-physical, sexual, emotional, mental-at the hands of the narrator's biological parents.
It's just the kind of story that Oprah loves to shove in our faces and spend two episodes of her talk show (3 days on her radio broadcast) discussing with Gail and a handful of other individuals whose opinions only matter to Oprah's flock of housewife and non hetero male following.
Like I said the message of the book is a good one that needs to be told, I'm just not sure I like the soap box the author stood on to shout it....Continua