Sunday, 12 February 2012

Critique of Push

'I can see where it's inspirational... I really can because Precious keeps it moving. She keeps going to school and works harder. But, I also do not think she gave a complete picture. I'm a little confused on why people think it's so inspirational. Only because it never tells you what becomes of Precious. We do not get a drawn out ending saying that she did indeed get her GED. I think Precious is strong and survived alot, but it really doesn't go on to say how she completely changed her life. Idk, I didn't like it as much as I have liked other books. I was turned off by some of the messed up discriminating comments she made. I was also put out by the explicit scenes of abuse. That is the kind of thing you can see on the news. One doesn't expect to read it in a book not based on a truth story. I was given this book as a gift. I found myself disappointed at the end. Especially when it didn't have a specific ending. It just left off her reading to her son. Which believe me I get it, that was something before going to that school she would not have been able to do. I just wish for all the lows in the book with how hard Precious was working... We could have at least learned that she got her GED. It's like Sapphire brings us to the middle of the story and leaves off right there.' - Kat
This is generally a negative critique on the novel and the writer (Kat) does brings up questions which are in the readers mind but some of her comments are a little harsh and undeserved.

I can agree with some aspects of this critique because she (Kat) does propose a valid argument that the end of the book is almost left on an anti- climax, the reader is left with all these unanswered questions. Did she ever get her G.E.D? Did she ever get her daughter (Little Mongo) back? And just the general question, What happens to her life? Sapphire has brought the reader ‘to the middle of the story and leaves off right there’. However, this could have been done on purpose because it’s constantly in the readers mind as we question and try to guess the ending. It also could reinforce the point that we as the reader don’t need to know how her life ends because it doesn’t matter we just need to know that ‘Precious’ is working hard to make her life change, the most important moral to the story. Another point as to why Sapphire purposely choose to end the novel as she did as it ‘hits closer to home’ almost trying to push the reader into believing that the novel is based on a true story. The reader is not told the ending because ‘Precious’ doesn’t know herself on what her life will lead to, making the novel more realistic.

However, Kat writes ‘but it really doesn't go on to say how she completely changed her life’, this part of her critique is almost unjust as the reader can clearly read how Precious begins to change her life. It’s through hard work going to the specialised school trying to get her G.E.D, building up her self confidence and self esteem, trying to be there for her children, trying to remove herself from her toxic upbringing and childhood, make new friends and generally learn how to live.

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