Judith Ortiz Cofer was born in Puerto Rico in She was a Franklin Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Georgia from until she retired in She was also a poet and author. She won an O. Her other books include Silent Dancing: Obviously, that was partly her point: But having raised that question, I wanted Ortiz to look more deeply at those subjectivities and seeming contradictions within her family. At the very end of the text SPOILER she suggests that her father, whom she had presented earlier as being a flawless family man, might have been seeing another woman on the side.
Her mother, who she idealizes at times, can also be viewed as being neglectful and obstreperous. It felt to me that Ortiz was teetering on the cusp of asking deeply interesting questions about the values and behaviors of the people in her life, only to draw back before anything too controversial had been clearly stated. Dec 03, Erasmo Guerra rated it really liked it. First published in , Silent Dancing is a lush, melancholy remembrance of growing up a bicultural Puerto Rican in the '60s.
The young girl and her little brother are shuttled--by the circumstances of their parents' lives--between Paterson, NJ, and the island territory of Puerto Rico. This is a collection of creative nonfiction and poetry, of imaginative explorations of memory, attempting to get at a personal truth. The narrative seemed slow going at first, with many of the anecdotes in the in First published in , Silent Dancing is a lush, melancholy remembrance of growing up a bicultural Puerto Rican in the '60s.
The narrative seemed slow going at first, with many of the anecdotes in the individual essays reappearing in other essays, but I came to feel as if I was just among the family, hearing familiar stories being shared yet again. Also, there seemed to be an incredible leap of chronology in the final stories, from when young Ortiz Cofer is living her quinceaneara year, to when she's an adult with a family of her own and we're suddenly caught up with all that has transpired in the intervening years.
Though the stories are mostly set in the '60s, the political and cultural realities of a Latino family, the isolation and racism suffered, seemed altogether current. I will admit that while not much happens, there's no big dramatic story, other than the quietly observed back and forth between cultural identities, the details were just so rich that it still manages to be a compelling read. Oct 17, Lee Anne added it.
This is a wonderful book if you're teaching a First-Year Composition course. Her stories focus on the culture of the Puerto Rican women of her childhood: The stories are empowering for women, but they aren't damning in any way towards men. This book draws you in with Cofer's cuentos, and while it's not a difficult book to understand, there's no lack of significant material for critical analysis in your classroom.
Her images are finely cra This is a wonderful book if you're teaching a First-Year Composition course.
Her images are finely crafted, as she describes her grandmother's house as looking like "a great blue bird, not a flying sort of bird, more like a nesting hen, but with spread wings" Cofer Cofer's prose is seductively "accessible," drawing you deep into the stories of her childhood and her coming of age before you realize that they've affected you forever.
Nov 25, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Taken in the early s, it appears the people are gyrating to nothing.
If you like fast-paced, character driven memoirs, you may want to read this one. Login to add to list. Nevertheless, the paired poems sometimes were so repetitive that they seemed, to me, expendable -- they rarely introduced new material. Paperback , pages. Menu Find a Book. Cofer's genuine voice lifts off the pages and offers pearls of wisdom on living as a woman. Written over the late s and first published in , the book bears some of the marks of a young writer still developing her voice, including repetitiveness, anxious references to literary forebears like Virginia Woolf, and as other reviewers have mentioned some of the author's least memorable poetry.
Cofer grew up spending half of her time in Puerto Rico when her Navy father was at sea and half in Paterson, New Jersey, when the ship was in port in New York. Although,the family spoke Spanish at home, she excelled in school in both places and in two languages. Although her father was Puerto Rican, he always sp "Silent dancing" refers to an old silent movie that Judith Cofer's uncle filmed at a family party in Puerto Rico.
Although her father was Puerto Rican, he always spoke to his children in English. It is an interesting book that compares an isolated U.
Dec 10, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: In the beginning, I felt Cofer was trying too hard to imitate Woolf's style of writing so I rolled my eyes at times. Throughout the course of her folkloric autobiography, however, I began to see that that was not her intention at all. I was engaged during her simple stories and colorful descriptions, I can even say that they were very comforting to read. Some of her short poems did make me roll my eyes a bit the way I did in the beginning but, for the most part, I enjoyed reading her stories at In the beginning, I felt Cofer was trying too hard to imitate Woolf's style of writing so I rolled my eyes at times.
Some of her short poems did make me roll my eyes a bit the way I did in the beginning but, for the most part, I enjoyed reading her stories at the end revealed to have been more swayed by the faults of memory and imagination then factual accounts of her life because they felt hearty. May 24, Catharine rated it really liked it. Ortiz-Cofer writes from the clear perspective of a child balanced between two worlds - one of cuentos, a plethora of aunts, uncles and family, bright colors and emotions, and a world of grey isolation.
A very moving journey. Mar 27, Holly Oldham rated it really liked it. This book is a mix of poetry and short stories that depict Cofer's life in Puerto Rico and the U. She intertwines Spanish with English as she shares stories from her own childhood and those she remembers being told by the women of her family. Jul 28, Kylie Funk Kramer rated it liked it.
A great look at immigrants and the push and pull of living in two different worlds. She tells of the cultural conflicts as well as how each experience shaped her. I loved the poetry of the book I did not like the vignette-style organization. I was reminded of Sandra Cisneros, but no one can do vignettes like her.
I found the stories in Silent Dancing disjointed and, while each isolated story was interesting, I never got a very good grasp of t A great look at immigrants and the push and pull of living in two different worlds. I found the stories in Silent Dancing disjointed and, while each isolated story was interesting, I never got a very good grasp of the narrative as a whole. A very worthwhile read because it's hard to find 2nd generation immigrant experiences and Judith Ortiz Cover captures the reality of straddling two worlds beautifully.
Aug 09, Kyla rated it liked it. Rather than being a full novel with a singular plot, this is a mostly true narrative made up of a bunch of separate experiences throughout the narrator's childhood as she struggles with her personal identity while growing up intermittently in Puerto Rico and the States, never becoming fully immersed in one culture or the other.
It's a good coming of age tale from the perspective of a bilingual childhood. Apr 30, Kynthia rated it it was amazing. It was quite interesting reading the life of a Puerto Rican who has lived in both the United States and Puerto Rico due to her father being in military service. I understood her need for privacy when living in a close group of family members. I love the story telling from grandmother to mother to daughter Dec 04, Felicia Edens rated it really liked it.
The feeling of not being here - or there - with half your heart belonging to one place and the other half belonging to the other, and for completely different reasons… of wanting to live your own particular way, but having others tell you to live another particular way - this may be a roller coaster of emotions familiar to most, if not all of us.
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