The Salt Eaters

The Salt Eaters Velma Henry has always been a fighter but she has fallen on hard times Exhausted by her political struggles she is undergoing healing in the Southwest Community Infirmary Confronting her there is Mi

  • Title: The Salt Eaters
  • Author: Toni Cade Bambara
  • ISBN: 9780704338821
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • Velma Henry has always been a fighter, but she has fallen on hard times Exhausted by her political struggles, she is undergoing healing in the Southwest Community Infirmary Confronting her there is Minnie Ransom, spinster and fabled vehicle of the spirit world.

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    1. Rating: 3.75* of fiveWonderful prose, not so much on the storytelling.I haven't changed my mind on that one, either.The Book Report: Velma is a healer's worst nightmare: a failed suicide depressed by life and Life. Minnie and Old Wife, who is Minnie's spirit guide, work to heal Velma's wounds both inner and outer, in the course of this novel.And that, mes amis, is it.My Review: Which is kinda the problem. It makes this gorgeous incantation of a tale into a pretty tough swallow. Interiority can b [...]

    2. i learned what it really means to be whole, spiritually and emotionally. it helped me transition to a place beyond survival, the choice to live as a (r)evolutionary in full command of my path and purpose. if your interested, be forewarned, it reads like a poem in that the story is multi-dimensional, metaphysical and symbolically complex. i intend to re-read.

    3. When I was younger, my mother’s bookshelf was my library. It was home to many novels that are central to Black woman’s literature. I could grasp plots that featured grown-up experiences, but much of the subtext and external references escaped me. This didn’t stop me from voraciously consuming everything I could get my hands on for I was too young to know the limits of my comprehension. There was one novel, though, that even the obtuseness of youth failed to carry me through.There was not m [...]

    4. This book was one of the first that extended its hand to me and said, see, you can map the real story on the page and - that mix of experience and ideas? It's true. One of the pivotal writers for me who acknowledges and applies her talent to the complexity of consciousness, being a woman and telling a good story.

    5. I struggled through this book. The duration of this book is about a healing. Velma has been running from a gift her whole life and the suicide attempt is her effort to avoid the inevitable. What I do not get is the entire book as a whole. It is disjointed. Some authors are good at writing books that are fractured but some how come together perfectly by the last line. When this novel ended I was dumbfounded and unreleived. Was Bambara tired of writing because she could not pull it together? or Pe [...]

    6. I had to come back to this one because my first attempt to read it stalled in confusion over the opening scene of a healer attending to a patient while thinking about other things--made it confusing when you didn't know all these people she was talking about. Persevere, though, for the rest of the novel. Set in a small southern town, this is about a community of black folks and their search for faith healing through salt. Seemingly, but I think the whole story, culminating in a parade/celebratio [...]

    7. 7/8/12: OK, I'ma have to put this one back on the shelf for a while. It's too complex for my bar prepping brain to handle right now. *sigh*6/27/12: "wholeness is no trifling matter."(Ten pages in and I'm happy I started reading this book just for that line.)

    8. I would give this book 3.5 stars. Toni Cade Bambara was a visionary. In the current political climate you may hear a number of people of colour saying to leftist white counterparts that it was about time they started noticing the levels of oppression that POC have been talking about for decades, and this novel is a testament to that. The community in this novel is comprised of people fighting for their lives against institutionalized racism, big business, nuclear waste, and patriarchy. They figh [...]

    9. When I was assigned this book for one of my classes, the professor informed us that it was one of the most challenging books in contemporary Literature. She herself had to read it nine times to truly understand it. With that said, this is the first book I ever read that as soon as I finished I immediately wanted to start over and experience it all over again. While the plot takes place over the course of 20 minutes, it takes the reader from this world to the next one through the eyes of many cha [...]

    10. Awfully good book and quite troubling. 1980.In intro to Those Bones, she mentions finishing up The Salt Eaters while she was researching for Those Bones.The two books are similar in one sense at least, that I find I can't quite follow. Happenings follow each other without clear boundaries so I am often not sure whether it is supposed to have happened the same day or weeks or years later. It's OK, real life isn't clear either.In both books I struggle to understand what people are saying, or at le [...]

    11. I don't even know where to start (view spoiler)[Basically, this is the story of a woman (Velma) who has tried to commit suicide, but is now in the process of being healed both a healer (Minnie) and herself. We get to know Velma through those who know her.We don't really know how long the healing actually took, but we do know that it took longer than normal. Putting all the parts together and reading the final chapter of the book, it couldn't have taken more than 30 minutes. The language is beaut [...]

    12. This disorienting but vivid novel deserves another read before I write this review. The book's non-linear, poetic style is a deliberate (and clever) way to reflect the protagonist's own healing, which itself involves a meandering backtracking in time before she can deal with the present (and future).

    13. After two tries, I'm abandoning this book. Perhaps if I'd gotten farther along I'd enjoy the nonlinear storytelling.

    14. Exquisite, exquisite prose. Beautiful ruminations on mental illness, environmental justice, racism, and healing.Plot? Not so much. But still definitely worth a read. Think of it more as poetry rather than a novel, and you will enjoy it a lot more.

    15. This is the second time I read this novel. I loved the way in which Bambara talks about healing. It is a novel difficult to read. It´s more about a process than about action. The way in which it talks aboout the ancestor and Benin´s spirituality is not only poetic, but also powerful.

    16. This book was a very difficult read. I only finished it because I have this thing where I have to finish books I started. Took me almost six months to finish.

    17. Major Field Prep: 79/133"Are you sure, sweetheart, that you want to be well?" This opening line, in the voice of healer Minnie Ransom, spoken to the protagonist Velma, sets up the major themes of the novel. The questions of wellness, as an individual, a community, a nation, a world, drives the intersecting plotlines ever towards the center of Minnie and Velma on a healing journey. Wellness, then, is not a randomly acquired state but rather requires work and attention. It is easier to dwell in un [...]

    18. I hate that I've given this book such few stars, especially since I really respect Toni Cade Bambara. It's just that I had a tough time understanding everything that was happening, which says more about me than it does about Bambara. I fully intend to re-read the book again next summer, and I want to take a gander at some lit crit about the book. I'm hoping that my second read will be a more enlightened one. For what it's worth, here is my attempt at a summary of the book.Velma has tried to comm [...]

    19. I hadn't read this book for something like twenty years and it still holds up. Among the novelists associated with the emergence of black women's fiction in the 1970s and 1980s, Bambara hasn't received the same attention as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker or Gloria Naylor, but The Salt Eaters is just flat a better book than all but the best of Morrison. Bambara engages the tension between the political and spiritual currents of resistance during the 1970s, taking a serious look at the legacy (for be [...]

    20. I think Toni Cade Bambara is a wonderfully evocative writer, but her rich, elaborate, and highly visual free-flowing passages are most easily digested as short stories. The length makes it a significantly more involved read. Over the course of a novel like the epic "Those Bones Are Not My Child" (which the opinions of this review essentially apply to as well) or this significantly shorter one, there are moments of intense pathos and beauty, but it's often hard to follow the connections between t [...]

    21. A curvy path of steam of consciousness narrative, metaphor, and the supernatural result in a complicated, dense, and satisfying story revolving around several faith healers in a small southern community. these are the literal and literary descendants of conjure practitioners, although I believe I caught some references that were closer to Gullah and Geechee folklore, as well as representations of Loas and even some hints at some West African beliefs. Regardless of one's knowledge of the various [...]

    22. "And she wanted to answer Ruby, wanted to say something intelligible and calm and hip and funny so the work could take precedence again. But the words got caught in her back teeth as she shred silk and canvas and paper and hair. The rip and shriek of silk prying her teeth apart. And it all came out a growling.""Growl all you want, sweetheart. I haven't heard a growl like that since Venus moved between the sun and the earth, mmm, not since the coming of the Lord of the Flames. Yes, sweetheart, I [...]

    23. "Soon's they old enough to start smelling theyselves, they commence to looking for blood amongst the blood. Cutting and stabbing and facing off and daring and dividing up and suiciding. You know as well as I, Old Wife, tha we have bot been scuffling in this waste-howling wilderness for the right to be stupid. All this waste. Everybody all up in each other's face with a whole lotta who struk John-you ain't correct, well you ain't cute, and he ain't right and they ain't scientific and yo mama don' [...]

    24. This book is very tough, and I'm not sure I even fully got it, but at the same time it moved me to tears on my first read-through. Many people don't finish it on the first go, and if I didn't have to read this for a class, I would not have finished it. But I am so glad I did. I began to see so much of myself in Velma (who is being healed after a suicide attempt) that I got scared for my own spiritual and emotional health! It really sparked me to begin making changes in my life. I'm not going to [...]

    25. I really liked this book, but it wasn't an easy read. The crux of the story (as I interpreted it) was the interconnectedness of everything. The plot is relatively simple--a woman who has attempted suicide undergoes a traditional healing--but the perspective, timeline, and place shift frequently and without warning. I would have liked to read this with a group, just so that we could talk about the details that were confusing.

    26. A difficult read. Toni C.B. used every opportunity in her writing to have what was said, what happened, and character descriptions to mean something profound. Unfortunately, it often went over my head. I wish I had read this book in an African American Literature class so I could discuss and analyze its meanings with a literature scholar and other students. Despite me missing the point, I found her writing beautiful; almost lyrical.

    27. This book was good, but very challenging and tough to get through. However, I enjoyed how complex it is because of its nonlinear treatment of time and its weaving together of modern and traditional elements, like nuclear physics, hoodoo, traditional healing, chaos theory, and other scientific principals that are quite unexpected to find in a novel like this. (I'm writing a paper on it for a class and am learning a lot about things I never thought I'd have to learn in an English class.)

    28. Not as good as I remembered from ages ago but I may get back to it. Follows a set of African-American female characters in the South in the mid-70s, just as the bright flame of late 60s revolutionary fervor has died down enough for everyone to notice that life goes on - the world is better but not transformed and the Movement is mired in committees and decision-marking bureaucracy.

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