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Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest

作者 : Beth Macy

出版社 : LITTLE BROWN AND COMPANY

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定價 : NT 980

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兩個黑人兄弟遭到綁架,成為馬戲怪異秀的表演者,他們的母親等了28年將他們找回來的真實故事。

1899年,一個酷熱的菸草農場,在實施種族隔離政策,位於維吉尼亞州,一個叫Truevine的南方小鎮。一對出生於佃農之家,名叫George 與 Willie Muse的小男孩。有一天,一個白人男子給了他們一塊糖,並且天花亂墜地說著可以帶著他們環遊世界並永遠改變人生的各種好事。

兄弟倆被抓去馬戲團,開始在白金漢宮為皇室表演,在紐約麥迪遜廣場十幾場門票銷售一空的展演秀,也成為報紙的頭條新聞。他們在還沒有廣播的時代,成為全球的超級巨星。但是歸根究柢,他們的成功在於他們的膚色,以及他們被迫扮演的各種可笑的滑稽人物,例如:想像中的食人族、羊頭怪物、甚至是"來自火星的大使"。他們的母親不願意接受他們"消失"的事實,反而花了28年的時間將他們找了回來。

透過數百個訪問與數十年的研究,本書作者Beth Macy探索了一個核心且困難的問題:對這對兄弟來說,什麼地方才是好的開始?站在世界的舞台成為明星,抑或是貧困的家庭?Truevine是一本充滿歷史細節、引人入勝的口述史,飽含了對當今各種族之間關係的暗示。

The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.

The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever.
Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back.

Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? TRUEVINE is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.
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Beth Macy

報導弱勢族群的新聞記者。她的文章已獲得多項美國新聞獎,她的《工廠人》(Factory Man)獲哈佛大學Nieman新聞獎與2013年J. Anthony Lukas文字進步獎。她與丈夫、兒子還有獲救的兩隻混種狗Mavis與Charley住在維吉尼亞州的Roanoke。
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