The World Doesn't Require You by Rion Amilcar Scott

The World Doesn't Require You

Established by the leaders of the country’s only successful slave revolt in the mid-nineteenth century, Cross River still evokes the fierce rhythms of its founding. In lyrical prose and singular dialect, a saga beats forward that echoes the fables carried down for generations—like the screecher birds who swoop down for their periodic sacrifice, and the water women who lure men to wet deaths.Among its residents—wildly spanning decades, persp...

Details The World Doesn't Require You

TitleThe World Doesn't Require You
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, African American

Reviews The World Doesn't Require You

  • Viral
    Edit (8/1/19): This review was initially posted on 6/9/19, but after seeing it get shouted out by Goodreads I've seen a review bomb effort undertaken by some dummy accounts giving this book 1 star ratings. I just wanted to let people know that, since I posted one of the earliest reviews of this book, which I acquired at BookExpo America in May.Thanks to W.W. Norton for the ARC at BEA 2019!This book was phenomenal. Rion Scott has written a collect...
  • Annie
    Rion Amilcar Scott’s story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You, is one of the most astonishingly smart collections I’ve ever read. I don’t think I’ve read anything as brutally intelligent as Scott’s stories. Even before I finished the book, I wanted to gather all of the literature wonks I know and force them to read this collection as fast as humanly possible, so that we can talk about what the stories have to say, how they are ...
  • Andre
    Quirky, in an Ishmael Reed kind of way. A heavy helping of satire with a steady stream of wisdom. This short story collection is unlike any I’ve read in recent memory, mainly because it is so left field in a positive way. That magical realism pops up here (more and more becoming a thing in fiction) and really informs the entire collection. I’m still on the fence as a fan of that device, though it works well here. Although the stories are sepa...
  • Hannah Brown
    "My only need: to stand as I did, not in perfection, nor in mastery, nor even in competence, but in constant work and growth." "Ugly words carelessly arranged can derange us just like beautiful words in beautiful order. Ugly derangement saps us and depletes us, devolves us to our base selves, rips feathers from the wings we've gained from all our beautiful derangement." Rion Scott sows together a powerful tale of what it means to be human. This c...
  • Sharon
    "It’s true. Every word of it. Even the parts I made up. Especially the parts I made up." The essays from The World Doesn't Require You include biblical updates, coming of age stories, new fables, and more. The tales explore African American history, slavery, power, love, personal connections, and so much more. The voices are raw and vibrant, the themes thought provoking and often uncomfortable, but always unique and never forgettable. This is p...
  • Lalaa
    I was hooked from the very first story. This book grabbed me and spoke to me in a way that no book has done in a truly long time. This collection of essays covers coming of age and fables stories all wrapped into a beautiful collection that explores slavery, love, and connection mixed in with African American history and experience. The themes are unique and powerful, often leaving me with deep thoughts and analysis. A thought-provoking and stron...
  • Nic
    I don’t know why there are so many overtly fake accounts giving this book 1 star.
  • Kimberley
    I opted to sit with this book awhile before deciding to write a review. Prior to reading this work, I had never heard of Rion Amilcar Scott, nor had I any knowledge of his debut Insurrections. The book was chosen for its cover--which is absolutely captivating--and its blurb: I was intrigued by the concept of a generation of people with an enduring connection to a place like Cross River; a place that is, of course, fictional, but one that also ins...
  • Michelle
    Review to come.
  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    This short story collection was structurally one of the most creative and unique I’ve read - it utilizes a variety of genres across each story, focuses on rich characterizations, and felt like a community analysis of the fictional Cross River. I felt like the stories at beginning and the final one were strong bookends. The final story (a novella told across several parts) being the strongest for me. Thematically it tied together things that has...
  • Seymone
    I must buy this book!!These stories were great and one really needs to take the time to chew and digest them. As I had a library copy, I must buy my own, so I can really take the time with each story. Even with that said, these stories have left an impression.
  • Tessy Consentino
  • Never Without a Book™
    If given the choice to have a conversation with any author dead or alive at this very moment, I would pick Rion Amilcar Scott. In his collection of stories, The World Doesn't Require You, Scott masterfully mixes a bizarre cocktail of satire, magical realism and a world that only he could create. After each story I literally said to myself “How tf did he do that?” His story telling skills are on a whole different level. This collection can and...
  • Doug Levandowski
    When the stories started linking up, I was hoping for more connections. That was my only disappointment in a diverse, wonderful, powerful, and poignant collection of short stories. "The Electric Joy of Service" is one of my favorite pieces of short science fiction of all time, but Scott swerves between magical realism, realism, sci-fi,, so many genres...seemingly effortlessly.
  • Amy Wochos
    Upon first reading some of these stories, they did not make much of a first impression. But I found myself thinking about them after I had put the book down and going back to reread some of them.