2016/07/11

BOOK REVIEW:
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME BY TA-NEHISI COATES

Title: Between the World and Me
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 152
Rating: 5/5


Summary:
In a sort of letter to his son, Coates discusses race and what it's like growing up and living in America.


Review:
After hearing countless wonderful things about this book, I am very pleased to have finally read it. I had rather high expectations and in the end, I find those expectations were met perfectly.

This is an honest, raw and loving piece of work. It discusses the relationship between father and son, especially the fathers thoughts around bringing up a child in America. It discusses politics, race, the American dream - but not in an off-hand and sort of vague way, it discusses it truthfully, beautifully and somewhat subjectively; it paints a profound picture of what it was like for the author to grow up as a black American.

There is no careful diplomacy in this, no sugarcoating, it's just an honest piece of work from a father who loves his son dearly and understands the cultural rules that in parts dictate his life and will dictate his son, at the same time as being somewhat hopeful. It's an educational and enlightening read, and I think it will be especially eye-opening for those of us who by pure chance don't need to consider the color of our skin.

It says on the cover that this book is required reading, and I would have to agree. I don't live in America, but it makes no difference. America is one of the leading powers of the world and we are all influenced by it - therefore it also applies to everyone.

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