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The Fall of Rome: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    The Fall of Rome is an excellent novel that I enjoyed to read. T

    The Fall of Rome is an excellent novel that I enjoyed to read. This novel develops its deepth throught the different view points of the three main characters. Jerome Washington is the Latin teacher at Chelsea School and is the only African-American teacher there. Rashid Bryson is an African-American student who tries to attach himself to Mr.Washington to try and survive the demands of the school. Jana Hansen is also a teacher at Chelsea and she teaches freshmen english. She helps Rashid when Mr.Washington refuses. Through this novel, you see racial barriers broken and the determination of many.
    -Alaysia M.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

    Very thought provoking

    I thought the development of each of the characters was remarkable considering the brevity of the book. I will certainly have my 14 year old son read this book. But I think there is plenty for adults, especially parents. The story offers tremendous insight into the unintentional harm that can be done to our children. Mr. Washington is the sum total of all that went wrong in his past. While the young student strives for complete freedom, his instructor unknowingly remains eternally bound. I'm currently reading it a second time to see if I missed anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2005

    Good for teen readers

    I came across this book in the adult fiction area. While I enjoyed this easy read, it really is more suited for young-adult readers. There just isn't enough complexity to challenge an adult reader. While reading, I envisioned this as an ABC Afterschool Special (remember those?).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2002

    Some of the brisk and ugly truths about the state of minorities in academia

    ¿I¿m afraid, even now, that I fail to see why an accident at birth should have bound us together so firmly.¿ This riveting novel touches on some of the brisk and ugly truths about the state of minorities in academia. Jerome Washington a Latin Professor that made it out of the inner city finds himself lost in an elite world of an all boys prep school with no connection to the world from which he came. In an effort to improve his situation he has managed to develop a seething self-hatred that seeds the plot of this novel. Enter Rashid Bryson an African American teenager with the academic ablity to earn himself a scholarship to the Chelsea school for boys, upon seeing Prof. Washington as the only African American Professor at Chelsea he elects to take his course in Latin with the hopes of forging a bond with the professor. When Rashid¿s intial intentions take an unexpected turn for the worse he learns a difficult lesson that for most African Americans in higher education is not a foreign idea. This novel touches on the dynamics of race, sex, and love and is a quick and interesting read. If you are a student or a professor I highly recommend Ms Southgate¿s first novel THE FALL OF ROME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2002

    Tedious

    I hate to give poor marks for works from new writers that seem so well-intentioned, but I found this pretty tedious, the characters generally more like charicatures, and some of the major events that shaped the characters, dealt with pretty prefunctorily. It has a few nice moments, but it was easy for me to put it down... and if it had been a longer book, I might have been tempted to stop reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    A seering look the black experience.

    I could not put it down! There was so much in this book beyond the race issue... how a family deals wiht grief, how encouragment is essential to development of a well balanced soul. Ms. Southgate speaks volumes about how simple language can have a thousand different meaning depending on the audience. The book encourages us to take a look from a perspective not our own as we attempt to educate our youth.

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    Posted February 17, 2009

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