Suspenseful, cinematic, lushly detailed, and filled with almost mythically
colorful characters, Song Yet Sung demands a film adaptation from the
very first page. But if you wait for it to come to a theater near you, you'll
miss the easy music of James McBride's lyric styling. His third person narration
recalls a storyteller's tone, relishing the story and the telling of it, not
afraid to embellish a little to bring out the emotional undertone and engage the
audience. He draws the reader close, but his sweet prose softens the brutal
facts that shape the story, allowing the reader to wade into the terrible
history, instead of reeling away.
On one level, Song Yet Sung is an adventure tale of the antebellum American south, revolving around the complex nature of the relationships formed by the institution of slavery. But in McBride's sensitive and sympathetic ...
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