Imitation of Life has ratings and 40 reviews. Graceann said: If you haven’t seen either the or versions of Imitation of Life, this review w. Brief biography of Fannie Hurst (), American novelist best known for Imitation of Life. Hugely successful in her time, yet no longer. Imitation of Life struck a chord in the s, and it continues to resonate powerfully Fannie Hurst was a major celebrity in the first half of the twentieth century.

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Renewed interest in Fannie Hurst has focused on her Jewish background and social consciousness. Hurst’s courage in writing and publishing such a novel during the early thirties when many of the themes of her book were taboo. Sometimes, the changes in a screenplay improve a story immeasurably. Having no heirs, she left half of her estate to fnnie alma mater, Washington University, and the other half to Brandeis University.

Jan 15, Vanessa Pineda rated it liked it. Frank Flake, a young man intent on entering medical school, becomes Bea’s business manager. Yet their public success brings them little happiness. May 09, Gmahone rated it it was amazing. Ships same or next business day!

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Watching the adaptation of this novel has long been a rite of passage in my family. If you haven’t seen either the or versions of Imitation of Life, this review will have some spoilers, because I discuss how the book is different from its cinematic descendants.

Yet, each is a powerful message. Preceded “Mildred Pierce” by a decade or so but the two books are rather similar, i. Your Friends Email Address: If you hurrst requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, lufe contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.


The movie is a lot better don’t waste your time reading thank God I lmitation the movie first. Permission to Photocopy coursepacks If you are requesting permission to photocopy material for classroom use, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at copyright.

Comb A bestseller inand subsequently adapted into two beloved and controversial films, Imitation of Life has played a vital role in ongoing conversations about race, femininity, and the American Dream.

Though largely forgotten today, her work was hugely popular in her heyday, roughly ,ife the s through the early s.

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Most of the book was just great – but there were parts that dragged. Bea is left to fend for her father and Jessie by herself. A Squared Books Published: Although Hurst’s assumptions about African Americans are often false and now very dated, the book still has merit. Once a Pancake”, a reference to a line in the first film.

Peola is painfully aware of the tension between her white appearance and black racial identity as imposed by society.

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Or, in this case, movies. Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. What makes Biblio different? Jun 05, Jennifer Murphy rated it did not like it. Sep 07, Rebecca marked it as to-read. It just was not that interesting.

Bea Pullman, a white single mother, and her African American maid, Delilah Johnston, also a single mother, rear their daughters together and become business partners. If you get a chance see the old film with Lana Turner and Sandra Dee She is living a kind of double life by being in denial of her race and saving herself the discrimination and hatred for her race.


Has minor soiling to cover and pages and page ends, with creases. I’ve seen both film adaptations of this novel; each have their pros and their cons. The film sticks closer to the book, but it is slower and stiffer, like a stage play.

Feb 10, Diane rated it liked it. Ive seen both versions but the oof got to me the most. Together, Bea and Delilah raise their daughters and eventually become business partners. Jun 18, Ffannie added it.

Views Read Edit View history. The kind of relationship they had was coined as a phrase: Slightly torn cover around edges. Here, she’s written as a cartoon – every reference to her is about how moving her “bulk” around is an effort for her, and for everyone who attends to her in her final illness.

Imitation Of Life

Inthere was a high percentage of white people in the USA who had never even met a black person. Your email address will not be published.

Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Bavaria. From the biography Fannie by Brooke Kroegerher career is encapsulated: