You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (Magill's Literary Annual 1982)
In an age of racism and sexism, a writer cannot remain uncommitted, unless he or she is satisfied with the status quo. During the recent past, the emergence of a plethora of literature about sociopolitical conditions in the United States and elsewhere has provided a certain degree of euphoria for the many who could not translate fervent ambitions into reality. Alice Walker’s book of stories, You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down, is a hybridization of fiction and nonfiction to whet the appetites of those who need such emotional upliftment.
Prior to writing the book under review, Walker had published the novel, Meridian (1976), and two other fine books of poems (In Love and Trouble, 1973, and Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems, 1973), among a few others. In You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down, on the other hand, she sacrifices coherence and sense of purpose for her racist-feminist megalomania. Apart from a few interesting stories, interspersed with chapters on pornography, the book is a collection of spit-fire materials in which Walker lashes out against American racism and male chauvinism, particularly white-male domination. For analytical convenience, the selections could be rearranged and divided into three groups: political essays, love stories, and general short stories.
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1982)
Book World. XI, May 31, 1981, p. 11.
Booklist. LXXVII, April 1, 1981, p. 1080.
Library Journal. CVI, April 15, 1981, p. 905.
The New York Times Book Review. LXXXVI, May 24, 1981, p. 9.
Publishers Weekly. CCXIX, March 20, 1981, p. 56.
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