Complete summary of John Edgar Wideman’s Brothers and Keepers. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Brothers and Keepers. Writing. Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share. Brothers and Keepers by John Edgar Wideman focuses on John, the narrator, who is an educated black man, and his brother, Robby, who serves a life sentence.

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Very sad account of two black brothers- John, a university professor and writer the author and Robby, serving time for egdar in a crime where a man was killed he was not the trigger man.

We supposed to die. At first this book started off slow for me, and it took me awhile to really get into it. He has “succeeded brilliantly in both understanding his brother’s life and coming to terms with his own.

Minor rated it really liked it. Preface to the Mariner Edition. At the on set, John said “I felt much more confident borrowing narrative techniques learned from fiction than employing a tape recorder” ix. I was about to leave the book halfway because of the slow start.


Wideman captures part of this state in his alternation between standard English and dialect.

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It wasn’t exactly what I ordered but that’s ok. It is the story of brothers — one well educated, successful and a man who “got out” and the other, the youngest, had a complex about living up to the success of his older brother and other s Reading this for our Let’s Talk About It group. Wideman recalls the capture of his younger brother Robby, details the subsequent May 16, Ty Morris rated it did not like it.

I originally liked the author’s writing style at start of book he is apparently normally a fiction writer — at that point, it was more focused on himself and how Robby’s actions affected him. As John got involved with them he himself became a suspect for the police.

Reading this for our Let’s Talk About It group. The writing is dense and evocative.

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See and discover other items: John is an author, scholar, professor. He is a man, for example, who lives uneasily in two worlds. Lists with This Book. Two brothers, Afro-AmericansJohn and Robert, bfothers up together in the same neighborhood in Homewood. John and Robby begin to write this book. Brother, I’m Dying Vintage Contemporaries. No eBook available Amazon.


Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. But they live very different lives. I feel that these types of stories only perpetuate the racial issues that are prevalent these days.

John sets out to tell his story and, in It furthermore is described as a “source of some powerfully written scenes in which he conveys his impressions of American prisons” especially the experiences with the guards, the Keeperswho degrade the prisoners as well as their guests.

Especially if you are from Pittsburgh. This was a really good book. Robert writes and talks to him about his experiences in the prison, and also earned a college degree whilst in prison. Mar 07, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: The authors brother is serving a life sentence in prison for his part in a botched robbery of people who they were fencing hot TV’s too.

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