There were many different reviews with different opinions, however, there was one reveiw of the book that I 100% agreed with.
“Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a beautifully told tale spoken with the fine voice of its young narrator, Cassie Logan. It is the story of the Logan family and their struggle to maintain both their small piece of land and their dignity in one tumultuous year, two things not permitted a black family in Mississippi in the early decades of this century. The author brilliantly captures the times of which she writes but, even more important, captures the people she writes about. There are not characters here who can be simply called victims or survivors or fighters or any other single term. These are fully developed personalities, particularly the children, that speak with authentic and complicated voices and spool out a tale that is heart breaking with equal parts despair and hope. A wonderful book for children.”
In this review, the writer mentioned how the tale was spoken through the eyes of a 9 year old, and how it was most brilliantly told. I agree with this because it was so amazing how Cassie narrated the story through her own eyes, and she applied her own personality so much into how she described each situation her family was going through in such detail. There aren’t many book in this world that is written so wonderfully through the eyes of a young child. Through the book, it tells you many things about how Cassie was confused about how she wasn’t treated fairly, and it was a mystery to her. At the same time, the book also gave clues about WHY Cassie was neglected and treated so badly. The book shows Cassie’s confusion and does not allow us to know why she was treated badly, but at the same time the book clearly shows us the time period of this book, and why Cassie was treated badly. The time period of this book was shown clearly throughout the book, through how they spoke, their accents, their traditions and their transportation tool. However, the part the showed the time period the most was obviously how the African Americans got treated so badly by the white people. It was very clear that at that time, people were still very racist. Other than that, the book really let each character’s personalities shine through, so we can see all the differences and similarities. These characters are not “this type” or “that type” of character, they have their own unique pattern.
However, there were a few comments that I agree on, that are negative towards the book too.
“If you are a sensitive person, this story might be difficult for you to read. I thought it was really good, but there were many times I felt sad and angry at the situations that went on. The family in this story is very close to one another. They don’t have much, but they are happy with the things they do have. The young girl in the story is a nine-year old named Cassie Logan. She always stands up for what she believes in and she is always looking out for her brother. But it’s hard for her to get her voice heard because she an African-American and the story take place in the 1930’s. There are many rude people in the town she lives in, and they don’t care who they hurt. The adults in the story try to protect all the children by not letting them see what’s going on with all of racism problems, but the children know what’s going on. They get slapped at school for things that aren’t their fault.
This story was very interesting to read, but sometimes it was hard to follow when they were talking to one another. A lot of the dialogue was slang words and sentences. There were times when I had to re-read the sentence to realize what the author was saying. But after reading this, I would recommend it to others.”
In this comment, it added many things that I thought were right and I agreed on. It is very true that the book had many parts that were very quite touching and pretty hard to take in, in my personal opinion. For others, it might not be as bad, but for me, some of the situations in the book left me very sad, frustrated or even angry. The book brought all the characters to be so alive, that I felt I was in their situation right now and everyone was real. At times I wanted to help and talk to the characters, bu t of course I can’t. Also, the book had many hard to understand dialogue parts that I had to re-read over and over again the finally understand what they are trying to say. I find the dialoge difficult because the author used a lot of slang, and sometimes the grammar was using slang, so I didn’t really know what they were trying to say.
Other than this, there were many negative comments about the book that I disagreed with too:
“I kept waiting for Logan’s house to get burned down, or for Papa or Mr. Morrison to get revenge, or even better for Uncle Hammer to come be beat the snot out of the Wallace family. Yet none of this ever happened.
The author also never really went into the details of who Jeremy was and why he was friends with the Logan kids. The biggest complaint is that Taylor never wrote about what happened to T.J., was he set free, hung, what?
I was truly disappointed in this book, yet could see such great potential for this book.”
I agree with most parts of this review because the climax didn’t come until the last few pages of the book, and I also thought that Uncle Hammer would’ve done something to those Wallaces. 3/4s of the book was only talking about how the Logan’s lived. Plus, it didn’t really explain Jeremey in detail. Yes, they did describe their personalities, but WHY they were present was not very clear.