THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE: A FATHER, TWO SONS, AND AN UNLIKELY ROAD TO MANHOOD -- a beautiful epic about boys trying to become men in black America and beyond
The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2008, Spiegel & Grau; 242 pages)
"When I was young, my father was heroic to me, was all I knew of religion. His word was the difference between pancakes and oatmeal, between Speed Racer and yard work."
The author of Between the World and Me shares a brilliant coming-of-age story that embraces the genres of poetry and memoir. Coates shares with the reader a fantastic universe, and he tells the story of his father, Paul Coates: a Vietnam vet and Black Panther, a radical publisher and a lover of lost histories. He had seven children, from different mothers, and his mission in life was to see them survive the Age of Crack in Baltimore.
Coates' language is startlingly beautiful, and the memoir is both healing and haunting. The reader will find a blunt portrait of an adolescence filled with chaos and danger, and also a love story of a family, fathers and sons.
This is a stunningly poetic book. Fabulous. It is dedicated to his mother, Cheryl Waters.
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Recommended by: Maite