Infinite Hope by Ashley Bryan audiobook

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace

By Ashley Bryan
Read by Dion Graham

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781534404908
1.28 Hours Unabridged
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From celebrated author and illustrator Ashley Bryan comes a deeply moving memoir about serving in the segregated army during World War II and how love and the pursuit of art sustained him. In May of 1942, at the age of eighteen, Ashley Bryan was drafted to fight in World War II. For the next three years, he would face the horrors of war as a black soldier in a segregated army. He endured the terrible lies white officers told about the black soldiers to isolate them from anyone who showed kindness—including each other. He received worse treatment than even Nazi POWs. He was assigned the grimmest, most horrific tasks, like burying fallen soldiers…but was told to remove the black soldiers first because the media didn’t want them in their newsreels. And he waited and wanted so desperately to go home, watching every white soldier get safe passage back to the United States before black soldiers were given even a thought. For the next forty years, Ashley would keep his time in the war a secret. But now, he tells his story, the story of the kind people who supported him, the story of the bright moments that guided him through the dark, and the story of his passion for art that would save him time and time again. Including letters and diary entries, this illuminating and moving memoir by Newbery Honor–winning illustrator Ashley Bryan is both a lesson in history and a testament to hope.

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Summary

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From celebrated author and illustrator Ashley Bryan comes a deeply moving memoir about serving in the segregated army during World War II and how love and the pursuit of art sustained him.

In May of 1942, at the age of eighteen, Ashley Bryan was drafted to fight in World War II. For the next three years, he would face the horrors of war as a black soldier in a segregated army.

He endured the terrible lies white officers told about the black soldiers to isolate them from anyone who showed kindness—including each other. He received worse treatment than even Nazi POWs. He was assigned the grimmest, most horrific tasks, like burying fallen soldiers…but was told to remove the black soldiers first because the media didn’t want them in their newsreels. And he waited and wanted so desperately to go home, watching every white soldier get safe passage back to the United States before black soldiers were given even a thought.

For the next forty years, Ashley would keep his time in the war a secret. But now, he tells his story, the story of the kind people who supported him, the story of the bright moments that guided him through the dark, and the story of his passion for art that would save him time and time again.

Including letters and diary entries, this illuminating and moving memoir by Newbery Honor–winning illustrator Ashley Bryan is both a lesson in history and a testament to hope.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“So many unique yet universal aspects of the human experience are touched upon in this lovingly shared memoir…Watching Bryan generously transform the bittersweet into beauty is watching the meaning of art.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A fascinating nontraditional narrative that gives penetrating glimpses of the army experience.” Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Narrator Dion Graham embodies the award–winning illustrator Ashley Bryan in this WWII memoir…Graham modulates his voice to differentiate between the narrative and the interspersed letters to re-create the intimate feeling of a scrapbook. Listeners will be especially moved by the emotion in Graham’s voice as the author describes the psychological and physical toll of war in his letters to his cousin Eva, and one particularly moving letter to his pastor.” AudioFile
"Infinite Hope…is both an intimate portrait of Bryan himself and a rare insight into the African American experience of World War II and the invasion of Normandy…It is a must-read for young people, parents, educators and anyone interested in World War II. Most of all, it is the work of an inspiring American who truly embodies infinite grace.” BookPage (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Ashley Bryan

Author Bio: Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night. He is an author and beloved illustrator, and his picture book, Freedom over Me, was named a Newbery honor book. He has also been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and other awards and recognition.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 1.28
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English