Push

Push

A Novel of Hope and Sorrow in New York

You really have to admire Sapphire for her smarts in getting the movie based on her novel Push to be called called Precious Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. It's not really clear what led to this slightly verbose title, but it's very well deserved and I can't imagine it was an easy fight. I'm sure the film-indrustry executives that handled the negotiations couldn't have been thrilled about complicating their simple name “Precious” But the book Push was not simple, even if it was an almost iconic New York story.Of course, by now everyone has seen the movie; it won tons of prizes and Monique was amazing in it it launched the career of Gabourey Sidbe as well. And we got see Mariah Carey all non-glam and really actually non kidding acting, so all that was pretty exciting.

What people are going to miss if they only see the movie (although the movie certainly does follow the storyline of the novel very closely) is one of the best use of unusual literary conventions I've seen. The book is written in first person by the title character, and as the title character's writing improves, the book becomes more complex and also more easy to read.

The beginning part of Push/Precious is very difficult to read both because of the extremely difficult subject matter and because Precious can barely write. But as she works with her teacher Miss Rain (who figures even more prominently in the book) she is able to write more clearly and put together sentences in a way that the average reader will understand. As Precious' writing improves, so does her ability to communicate her world. To be, that's one of the strongest points of the book, and why everyone who sees the movie should definitely follow up with a trip to the library to get the original book.