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James McBride writes the memoir The Color of Water with full intentions of praising his mother for the gifts though not materialistic she provides her children Ruth McBrides taxing past defines the ways in which she chooses to raise her children- reasonably odd at times according to McBrides stories and remarks Through time and persistent nagging James is able to uncover his mothers former self and also correlate his character with his upbringing Although the novel is written from the point of view of McBride the memoir is ultimately focused upon the progression of his mothers life which fittingly affects him as well Foremost McBride is the author and the son of Ruth McBride which makes him relevant to her life McBrides experiences growing up with his mother introduces a complexity to her biography Not only does McBride reveal her past but he also speculates about the causes of her oddities and how they have provided him with a unique childhood McBride recalls an incident in which she returns spoiled milk Mommy marched into the store doing her madwalk the bowlegged strut that meant thunder and lightning was coming I followed her sheepishly my plan to go it alone and hide my white mother completely awash McBride 101-102 McBride expresses his shame as an adolescent in result of Ruths idiosyncrasies The chapters which are theoretically about McBride still include a discussion of his mother for she raises him Ruth McBrides chapters contain a recollection of her elapsed past whereas James McBrides alleged chapters contain a recollection of the remembered past of his mother from his point of view The two different perspectives weave together to enrich Ruth McBrides story In addition McBrides memoir encompasses Ruths life to its entirety He chooses to write about nearly all of her life from birth to immigration to young-adulthood to raising her children to current day In contrast McBride is selective in choosing only a portion of his life
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