A Burst of Light and Other Essays | Audre Lorde | Audiobook Review

Why did I listen to A Burst Of Light?

My background includes a master’s degree in women’s studies so whenever I see a book by a feminist scholarship, I’m curious to pick it up. Especially if I have not read it before. A Burst of Light was first published in 1988 and was seen as a path breaking collection. It was a call for a move into more politics that included intersectionality. Now in 2022, this call for action is being re-released as an audiobook and when I saw it on Netgalley I was quick to pick it up.

What’s the story here?

A Burst of Light is a collection of essays written by Audre Lorde. In these essays, she reflects on her battle with liver cancer, being a lesbian, and being African American in the political atmosphere of the time. She also encourages s more radical move into intersectional politics while also remembering to nature and care for ourselves. The themes of this collection remain relevant in present day society.

How did I like Burst of Light?

A Burst of Light was revolutionary when it was released. I found it to very enthralling and I felt like I learned more about Audre Lorde’s raw feelings and thoughts on various topics. Reading this felt like a personal reflection of my own believes and where I stood with them. I couldn’t fully relate to all the topics discussed but, I appreciated the honesty. Similarly, I appreciated her opinions even if I didn’t fully agree with them. There is so much to digest here and it is almost like there is a piece of relevant information for everyone. Her words really do speak to her heart and her truth. This is how her legacy remains.

How is the narration?

A Burst of Light is narrated by Robin Miles. I felt like her voice gave life to Audre Lordes words. She used just the right amount of passion and enthusiasm for me as a listener. I think that this will be a good way to introduce this work into a new generation.

Rating: 4 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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