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The story of the wife of a rich, whote lamdowner who hides a dark secret she is of black origin.

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Paperback, 240 pages
Published
December 11th 2003
by Xpress

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Hagar’s Daughter

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1902934075
(ISBN13: 9781902934075)

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Jalina

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Hagar’s Daughter is an immensely intricate commentary on race (as a social construct) in America and everything that accompanies it. There are so many things to be dissected that I would find it impossible to mention all of them here, but probably the most crucial and unfortunate of points is how relatable this early 20th century novel is to the current day. The plot itself can seem a bit confusing, but in the end it is an extraordinary read.

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It’s a shame that more people aren’t aware of this novel, as it ranks, for me anyway, among the great turn-of-the-century American narratives. Hopkins interrogates history and race and gender with perspicacity, but does so amidst the conventions of popular fiction. Some very memorable turns, and Venus–essentially the first black detective in American literature–is a wonderful creation.

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What made this book well worth reading is the fact that it was written at the turn of the century by an African-American novelist. Thus, the perspective it gives on racism in America following the civil war demands a level of credibility not found in many other books on this topic. Nonetheless, there were too many improbabilities and inconsistent characters to recommend this book.

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This is the first detective novel by an African American author. It’s pretty good. I can’t help comparing it to Wide Sargasso Sea in that it takes the sort of sometimes annoying hysteric emotions and needlessly menacing manors in Poe’s detective stories and makes the gothic meaningful in the explicit context of slavery and race.

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I wrote my Bachelors thesis on this book. So that is how interesting I found it. But as I have already written so much about it in that said thesis I don’t feel capable of writing a good review here. An underrated book that is well worth a read!

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This is what one might consider melodrama or sensation fiction, but it’s quite smart and a real hoot. History ends up repeating itself, mistaken identities — to others as well as to characters’ own selves — abound, and the novel presents a couple different paths to interpretation. Fun stuff.

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Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859 – August 13, 1930) was a prominent African-American novelist, journalist, playwright, historian, and editor. She is considered a pioneer in her use of the romantic novel to explore social and racial themes. Her work reflects the influence of W. E. B. Du Bois.

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Books by Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins

Of One Blood: Or, the Hidden Self: The Givens Collection
Contending Forces: A Romance Illustrative of Negro Life North and South
The Magazine Novels of Pauline Hopkins: (Including Hagar's Daughter, Winona, and of One Blood)
Talma Gordon
Winona: A Tale of Negro Life in the South and Southwest

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