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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Dec 25, Roslinda rated it it was amazing. He is a man without a determinate history at all: It is November Buy the selected items together Keeper item: The company was great to deal with though. View a FREE sample. The fact that his brother got a life sentence was due to having previous incarcerations. Entertained the silly idea that what was most frightening about dying was the inability to rehearse it.

Brothers and Keepers: A Memoir Summary & Study Guide

The author does a wonderful job of “painting the picture” of his experience of going to visit his brother who is in prison. It didn’t seem like there was enough depth to his critique of the prison system to merit the extent of the florid metaphors that it was wrapped in.

It might be four stars. On November 15,the author’s younger brother, Robert, was involved in a botched robbery that left a man dead.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The authors brother is serving a life sentence in prison for his part in jonn botched robbery of people who they were fencing hot TV’s too.

He saw joining society, and following its dictates, as a form of capitulating to it, and keepefs society, by placing him in the ghetto, had treated him contemptuously and unjustly, his defiance of society was a way of asserting his manhood.


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If John was expected to be honest, then the word was mandatory. Sadly enough, he is the first and last graduate because the program’s funding is cut. A gripping, unsettling account, Brothers and Keepers weighs the bonds of blood, tenderness, and guilt that connect Wideman to his brother and measures the distance that lies between them. Return to Book Page.

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Very moving and very well written. I was excited to read a memoir written by a man. One person found this helpful. I was trying to fit myself in John’s shoes and Robby’s shoes at the widman time. Johns part wasn’t my favorite, but it was nice to get his input about how he was feeling and the constant battle he was facing, a conflict between him, his brother, and prison itself.

Having read my first Wideman book, I am eager for more.

Also the book may cause a person to reconsider the current prison system and the “get tough on prisoner” mindset. Common terms and phrases ain’t gon anyway baby better bullshit cage cause cell cool cops crazy damn door dope dude everything eyes face feel Fort Duquesne Bridge fuck funny Garth gone gospel music guards guys hands happening hard head hear Homewood hurt inside JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN John French keep kids killed knew Laramie listen litde look mess Mike’s mind Mommy mother niggers night Pittsburgh play prison pull real quiet remember rhythm and blues Robby Robby’s round running Sammy scared Shadyside shaking shit Simon and Garfunkel sitting sleep Smokey Sowell spozed started Stavros stone story street stuff sure talking tell thing brpthers trying turn Twinkies waiting walking walls watching Westinghouse Park what’s Wideman words wrong Yeah youall youns.

Very different than anything I have ever read.


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Lists with This Book. The middle moves along because the bad brother tells the story who thankfully uses a lot less adjectives and a lot more verbs. Feb 20, BlackOxford rated it really liked it Shelves: Essentially, that seems to be one of the abiding themes in this narrative: But, I wasn’t as interested again later with the author trying to figure out Robby and maybe bringing annd some philosophical stuff. Share your thoughts with other customers.

John’s youngest brother, Robby, is a fugitive. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and he is a successful writer and professor. It was frequently quoted in Didier Eribon ‘s book Returning to Reims.


Wideman’s writing is so descriptive and so vivid, I felt transported back to The fdgar themselves occurred twenty years before that. Very sad account of two black brothers- John, a university professor and writer the author and Robby, serving time for participating in a kohn where a man was killed he was not the trigger man. What is most moving–to this reader–is Wideman’s brutal honesty, including his own discomfort with his brother, with visiting him snd prison, and with–at its heart–finding a way Why did I not discover John Edgar Wideman sooner?

I appreciated Robby’s part of the story because I could sympathize with him and his perspective created conflicting emotions between what John felt about him and what I, the reader, felt about him.