Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime: Stories

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Do the problems—and the dreams—of the characters reflect changes in our society? Why or why not? Do her descriptions of the relationships between African Americans and whites before and immediately following the war differ from your previous impressions or beliefs? In what ways does Cooper challenge the traditional depiction of the boundaries between slave and master, black and white? Which characters or relationships do you find particularly surprising? Are the white characters as fully developed as the African Americans are?

Cooper touches on a wide range of social, economic, and political issues in her writing, including the historical divisions between races and classes; interracial relationships; the significance of complexion in society in general and within the African American community specifically; and the importance of education.


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What techniques does she use to incorporate these subjects without disrupting the flow of the stories? In what ways can fiction be more effective than nonfiction in revealing the forces that shape our world? Why do you think Cooper may have chosen to use these timeless techniques to tell her stories? California Cooper.

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Dec 30, Christina rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Everyone. Shelves: books-inweeks , books-i-would-read-over-and-over , lauryn-s-future-reading-list. The collection of short stories by J. California Cooper was very inspirational and entertaining! She developed her characters with great ease and talent. She never told a dull story, or a story I couldn't relate to in some way All the stories had a way of seeming very familiar, and caused you to just delve right into the plot, not wanting to put the book down.

Every story shared how love causes some pain, The collection of short stories by J. Every story shared how love causes some pain, some love, sometimes. California Cooper told her stories from an on-lookers point-of-view. Which is unique because the stories come from friends or neighbors who had an invested interest or cared about the main character in each story.

The main characters in this book were all young women trying to find love Overall, 5 out of 5! On my Top 10 list! Aug 28, Rambles rated it really liked it.

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A wonderful book narrated with a heavy American South drawl! The style of writing can cause problems and it took a while for me to pick up the meaning of some words, but I'm so pleased that I stuck with it. In brief it's a collection of short stories written from the perspective of black women living, often hard, lives in the American South in the fifties. Each story could be considered a parable on what can happen if you make the wrong choices in the relationships you have.

Many of the men in t A wonderful book narrated with a heavy American South drawl! Many of the men in these stories are negatively portrayed and there are few positive men in here. What these tales do have in abundance though are strong women who overcome obstacles in their lives and end up in better places as a result of their experiences.

A wonderful book, that I wholeheartedly suggest that you read. May 04, Cassandra Hawkins rated it really liked it. Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime leaves you evaluating friendships, relationships, and life. I love the storytelling technique J. California Cooper uses to draw you into each story.

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California Cooper is a wonderful author, who exposes you to life lessons of others, which you can apply. Thanks to this book I evaluated my own life. Striving to change so Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime leaves you evaluating friendships, relationships, and life. Striving to change some things, I can credit J.

California Cooper with making it real for me! What life lessons have you learned that had a huge impact on your life? Aug 20, coffeedog added it. Cooper will be your new best friend for pointing things out to you. You can sink real low, but nobody can KEEP you there but yourself.

Cooper gives literary voice to a large number of African American women, and her writing is as meaningful and maybe more so to those who are not African American women. I was first a bit turned off by the folksy narration but I am glad I got past that because this book has served as an excellent depiction of what real love is! It is one of the most influential books of my personal understanding of love outside of the Bible. It illustrates the most challenging element of love, "long-suffering.

Thi I was first a bit turned off by the folksy narration but I am glad I got past that because this book has served as an excellent depiction of what real love is! This book changed my life and I think I read it at just the right time in my life Nov 11, Not Now Mommy's Reading rated it it was amazing Shelves: african-american , short-story , reads. I thought I had read this short story collection by my favorite author J.

California Cooper - but apparently I had not. Again, Ms.

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Cooper delivers in only a way she can! She writes in such a way that you feel as though you are sitting down on the front porch with a neighbor as they point out the going ons in the life and loves of other neighborhood folks. I loved the opening story, Femme Fatale and felt the ending story A Will and A Way was the perfect ending to the bittersweet tales. Another jo I thought I had read this short story collection by my favorite author J.

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Another job well done by an amazing author! Nov 29, M. Maria rated it it was amazing. A seasoned storyteller J. California Cooper pulls you in with the first story and doesn't let go. The difficulties of love, life, and making a way -are explored in such a beautiful and authentic way in this book. I thought I had read all of her books and came across this one. Thought I would pick it up to read at a later date- read the first story and had to read it straight through.

Thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational- it's like eavesdropping on your great aunts and hearing them talk about t A seasoned storyteller J. Thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational- it's like eavesdropping on your great aunts and hearing them talk about the men in their life. Jan 15, D rated it really liked it. What a fun book!


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Reminded me a little bit of Zora Neale Hurston in both the style and the feminist overtones, but Cooper's touch is more conversational and intimate. Usually reading short stories turns me off, but each of hers felt so "full" and colorful that you didn't feel prematurely severed from the plot which is usually my gripe ; I felt like I was always stepping in and out of a well developed character's life.

Very nice! Mar 20, BlackLiterati rated it really liked it Recommends it for: women everywhere. Sep 15, Kamangeneh rated it really liked it. Good read but chile! It went too fast! Stories were short but full, I didn't feel cheated after reading them. My only complaint would be the similarity of the stories. I love men as much as the next woman but sheesh! So many men, so many problems.

Some Love Some Pain Sometime by J California Cooper

I must say though, there is plenty of wisdom to be taken from these pages. Young women, read up! May 31, Tammy rated it it was ok. Searching for love- of self and with others seems to be the key them Jun 27, Quisha Light rated it it was amazing. This is just one of many collection of short stories by J. Her method of story telling and character development speaks to my life, experiences, history, womanhood and so much more. These stories our timeless and the characters could be many of the people I know and love. I feel as though I'm sitting at my grandmother's feet listening to her tell me stories.

View all 4 comments. Dec 03, HeyMiaJ rated it it was amazing. This is such a good book to read when you need to uplift your spirit and know that your not the only one out here struggling to find , keep and understand love. This book had gotten me through the last few months! Apr 08, January Carroll rated it it was amazing.