By Harold Bloom
The prestige of Alice Walker as a interval author or everlasting determine in American literature is still a resource of discussion between critics. This quantity examines Walker's Meridian and the colour pink, and incorporates a checklist of works through and concerning the writer. This sequence is edited through Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale collage; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, manhattan college Graduate tuition; preeminent literary critic of our time. Titles comprise specified plot summaries of the unconventional, extracts from scholarly severe essays at the novels, a whole bibliography of the writer's novels, and extra.
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The dense swamps with the possibility of bodily mishaps is another favorite. (85) It is obvious that Meridian has sought a vision—for understanding the dead of centuries before. Along with the more orthodox forms of AfroAmerican religion, Meridian’s faith quest is an attempt to restore the broken circle. She has only the stories of her foremothers as sustenance; there is none “All Saints Should Walk Away”: The Mystical Pilgrimage of Meridian 25 of their handed-over wisdom; none of the practical methods of understanding special to wise old women are accessible to her.
One would think that a writer of Alice Walker’s stature and experience would be aware that, since time began, the reduction of love to fornication has been the basis of jokes, from the ridiculous to the sublime. And whether they come across as comic caricatures (vide Laurel and Ellis), examples of bathroom humor, or zany parodies, the characters, subject matter, and writing style of most of the stories in You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down leave the reader with a she’s-gotta-be-kidding attitude that eﬀectively undercuts its very serious intentions.
6 Meridian’s vow unites the moral and the mystical: yes, indeed she would kill, before she allowed anyone to murder his son again. His son, Wile Chile, Camara, the drowned boy, Martin Luther King, and the litany of names punctuating the book will be protected because in the time that matters, they cannot die; they are, even now, being born. Within the traditional theologies of Africa, and within the traditions of mysticism throughout the world, there is one ﬁnal element that must be addressed. It is ﬁnal, in several senses, since Walker introduces this theme at the ends of The Third Life of Grange Copeland, and The Color Purple as well as Meridian.
Alice Walker, New Edition (Bloom's Modern Critical Views) by Harold Bloom