Book Club Book
Between the World and Me is a devestating read, in a great way. The letter from the author to his son teaching him about what it has been like to be a young black man in modern America is heartbreaking to say the least.
This is a difficult book to review without sounding like an arse, however I feel that reading this book allowed me to peak into a world that I will never experience from my position of extreme privilege. Coates’ writing is poetic and lyrical as he speaks about his experience growing up in Baltimore, and discussing the instances of police brutality he had been witness to.
The fact that this is a conversation the author needs to have with his son, about how he should be “always on guard” is a horrific fact of modern America. The story of Prince Carmen Jones Jr whose mother felt she had gotten her son out of the “system”, only to have his life taken by a police officer in an all too familiar case of racial profiling leads to the nihilistic conclusion that there is no escape in the current climate. Before the book ends the author appears to ask the question that by becoming a relatively successful writer has he escaped and is it ever worth it if life can be taken as easily on the streets as in a cell by a police officer.
Anyway this book is amazing and a must read.