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by Alice Randall

eBook Pushkin and the Queen of Spades ePub
Author: Alice Randall
Language: English
ISBN: 0618562052
ISBN13: 978-0618562053
Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (May 2, 2005)
Pages: 294
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 905
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ePub file: 1203 kb
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Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done Gone. She was awarded the Free Spirit Award in 2001 and the Literature Award of Excellence by the Memphis Black Writers Conference in 2002, and she was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award in 2002.

Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done Gone. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Библиографические данные. Pushkin and the Queen of Spades.

Alice Randall was born in Detroit and graduated from Harvard in 1981. Randall's latest novel, "Pushkin and the Queen of Spades" covers a lot of territory

Alice Randall was born in Detroit and graduated from Harvard in 1981. After a start as a journalist in Washington, . she moved to Nashville to become a country songwriter. The only African-American woman ever to write a number-one country song, she has had more than twenty songs recorded. Randall's latest novel, "Pushkin and the Queen of Spades" covers a lot of territory. On one level, it's the story of a mother's love for her son and her attempt to protect him from a truth that she feels may crush him. Windsor and Pushkin X - mother and son - are the focal characters in the novel.

The name "Alice Randall," was not familiar to me, but I was peripherally aware of another book she has written .

I feel as though I am missing something here - clearly Pushkin's The Queen of Spades means more to Ms. Randall than the mere use of the word "spade" as a deragatory synonym for "black" - but I do not see the parallels.

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Items related to Pushkin and the Queen of Spades. The unacknowledged boom in African-American fiction continues with Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, a second novel from Alice Randall, author of the nearly banned Gone with the Wind parody, The Wind Done Gone. Randall, Alice Pushkin and the Queen of Spades. ISBN 13: 9780618433605. Windsor Armstrong is a Harvard-educated professor of Russian literature whose son, Pushkin-named after the great Afro-Russian poet-defied all her hopes for him by becoming a star football player. Any other mother would be proud, Windsor reflects.

The unacknowledged boom in African-American fiction continues with Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, a second novel from Alice Randall, author of the nearly banned.

Randall's second novel, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, was named as one of The Washington Post's "Best fiction of 2004 . Randall received the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award in 2001 and the Literature Award of Excellence from the Memphis Black Writers Conference in 2002.

THE QUEEN OF SPADES ALEXANDER SERGEYEVICH PUSHKIN was born in Moscow in 1799. With the failure of the Decembrists’ rising in 1825 and the succession of a new tsar, Pushkin recovered his freedom. He was liberally educated and left school in 1817. Given a sinecure in the Foreign Office, he spent three dissipated. During the next three years he wandered restlessly between St Petersburg and Moscow. He wrote an epic poem, Poltava, but little else.

Windsor Armstrong has a problem: her brilliant boy, Pushkin X, has become a football superstar and is planning to marry a Russian lap dancer. In Windsor's opinion, Pushkin is throwing away every good thing she has given him. When she was an unwed teen mother, Windsor attended Harvard, leaving her shady Detroit roots behind. She raised her son to be fiercely intelligent, well-spoken, and proud. Now he lives for pro football and a white woman of no account. Outraged by her son's decisions but devoted to loving him right, Windsor prepares to give up her last secret: the identity of Pushkin's father.
Kirinaya
An interesting perspective of African-American life. A real page turner. I could not put this book down and read it in one day. Compelling stuff. Well written!
Ubrise
Pushkin and The Queen of Spades is about an African-American woman who finds out that her son is engaged to be married to a white, Russian lap dancer,named Tanya. She is not to thrilled about this. She thinks it is because Tanya is black and that it is a reflection on how he feel about her. But, as the story goes along, she finds that this is not the case. On the contrary, she finds that the very qualities her son, Pushkin, admires in his fiance, Tanya, are some of the same that his mother possesses. The story is Windsor's journey of finding this out and therefore, how she changes her attitude toward Tanya, from loathing to love.

Moreover, the book deal with the self-hatred that some African Americans feel toward themselves, when they measure their worth against the worth of other. Particulary, white people. In this case, the worth of white women compared with Black women.
Jum
The book arrived quickly. It was in very good condition. I just need time to read it well to fully appreciate the plots going on in the story.
Andronrad
After her controversial debut The Wind Done Gone, a parody of Gone With The Wind, Alice Randall is back on the literary front with PUSHKIN AND THE QUEEN OF SPADES, a work of art presenting deeper observations on race, classism, interracial relationships, motherhood, family, and love. Embedded in these themes are strands of humor, literary references, and a mother's love and frustration in protecting her son from the realities and cruelties of the world.

Windsor Armstrong is a professor of Russian literature and has named her son Pushkin X after Alexander Pushkin, the Afro-Russian poet and Malcolm X. She raised Pushkin with the hopes that he would one day follow in her footsteps, as an intellectual, not boxed in the same stereotypical class of many other black men. Unfortunately, Pushkin has his own ideas and goals in life. He excels in football, turns down a scholarship to Harvard, and eventually advances to the NFL, to the horror of Windsor. When he announces his marriage to a white Russian lap dancer, Windsor finds herself lost in a myriad of emotions.

"Pissed" would be the forefront emotion as she takes his announcement personally, wondering why he didn't choose a black woman, why he chose the life he lives, and how she can continue to love him, considering all of the issues she finds with him. Tossing back and forth from the past to the present, she relives her life, her troubles, pain, and happiness, as she creates a wedding gift for Pushkin -- a narrative of her life. Through the revelation of her disappointments, we're able to further understand her anger and the love she has for Pushkin. In addition, we're given a multifaceted view of her character and her past.

PUSHKIN AND THE QUEEN OF SPADES is an exploratory journey for Windsor as she searches for identity and reconciliation. It is at times moving, hilarious at others, but, nonetheless, adeptly addresses many concerns faced by parents. It is definitely a book to be read slowly, up close and afar, to catch exactly what's going on throughout the pages. It is an exciting look into contemporary fiction with a literary edge.

Reviewed by Tee C. Royal

of The RAWSISTAZ™ Reviewers
Drelajurus
Randall's latest novel, "Pushkin and the Queen of Spades" covers a lot of territory. On one level, it's the story of a mother's love for her son and her attempt to protect him from a truth that she feels may crush him. Windsor and Pushkin X - mother and son - are the focal characters in the novel. When Windsor learns of her son's plans to marry a Russian lap dancer, she is forced to reckon with aspects of her past that she has tried desperately to forget. Not only must she find a way to accept her future white daughter-in-law, but she must also find a way to tell her son who his father is. Within this story line, the author demonstrates the current and historical complexities of black/white racial relationships.
On another level, the story examines class and culture conflicts within the African American community. Windsor comes from a family with "all of the vices except those that are unforgivable and none of the virtues except those that are absolutely necessary". It is within this context that Randall explores the difficulties that Windsor has with integrating all facets of her life after a legitimate shift in class and cultural status. ". . . Negroes who survive to thrive exhibit highly original adaptations to life", Windsor tells Pushkin X; and she adapts by compartmentalizing her life in an effort to keep the criminal and abusive aspects of her family background from bleeding into the highly intellectual and academic life she now has as a Russian studies professor at Vanderbilt University. Is it possible to jettison what was then for what is now? Is it necessary? I found this aspect of the novel comparable in many ways to my life experience and the author captures the character's psychological conflicts with apt clarity and clinical insight.
Then there's the literary relationship between the text of Randall's novel and the work of Alexander Pushkin. Although I wasn't familiar with Pushkin's work I had heard of him at some point during my academic career. What I don't recall hearing is that he is of African descent. This bit of knowledge did for me on a small scale what it did for Windsor enormously - it sparked an interest to know more about the African-Russian. It's because of Randall's work that I've recently read Pushkin's "The Queen of Spades", that I've read a little biographical information about the author and his work, and that I will read "The Negro of Peter the Great." There is nothing more beautiful, more powerful, than a novel that entertains, uplifts, and educates; "Pushkin and the Queen of Spades" does all three.
And then there's the rhythm of the story, the beat. Poetic passages and skillfully crafted phrases reflect the author's command of language and knowledge of literary history. "Pushkin and the Queen of Spades" is a monumental accomplishment. Randall packs the story with African-American history and tradition as well as literary creativity and complexity. You'll have to put your thinking hat on for this one but its well worth the effort.
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