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Soul on Ice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    The fire was put out

    This is a book that should be read by any especially those that are into being more knowledgeable about how African Americans viewed black women, white women, the white man's train of thought and the black man's train of thought. I did not expect this book to be as well written as it was. God bless his hard work, effort, and soul. May you rest in peace, Mr. Cleaver.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    THe book was great-but he should have been UNDER the jail for the beginning!

    I'm surprised a publishing company or anyone could dignify his claims that he started out raping sisters for practice and then moved onto white women because he was angry at the white man for restricting the white woman...(yeah, yeah)no, he was horny and didn't have enough game or $ to talk women into sexing him legally. For that claim at the beginning of the book he should have been UNDER the jail, not in it! However, if you can get past that bulls***,most of his observations are right on the dot-especially the one about how much white supremacy is based on sexual jealousy. I would have given this book 5 stars if it weren't for that in the begginning. I first read this book at age 10; a fresh a**ed child of a Black/Cherokee pimp and one of his few white employees (most of them were black women)Not only wasn't I shocked; I knew these observations all along were so and then I thought Eldridge would have been great in the sac. I think he was a sick MF now, but I still agree with what he says except for that part in the beginning. And in many ways I can respect him at that time if not later as a man and definitely Huey Newton more than I'll ever be able to respect Barack Obama. He didn't apologize and try to appease the powers that be at the time-I can't like people I find hard to respect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2004

    Good, very good...not great

    I read this book as part of my research project this year. I thought the book was very good, in fact i loved it, but not all of it. I felt a lot of time was spent on black men/white women thing. Its important, but a quarter of the book? Ok, maybe not that much, but a lot of the time. It was a great book to me (it made me want to become a teacher) but its not for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2002


    I enjoyed this book a lot. The begining of the book shocked me, the middle bored me (hence 4 stars) and the last 3rd enlightened me. Highly recommended read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2001

    A Beautiful Story About The Mysteries And Strengths Of The Human Heart And Soul

    Eldridge Cleaver's Soul On Ice is a beautifully written book and autobiography about a man who started out as a rapist with hatred in his heart for all those around him and who finally realized that the 'the price for hating other human beings is loving oneself less'. Using a powerful and incredibly intense and beautiful language, Cleaver tells a tale of unimaginable intensity about his life, his mistakes, racism and hypocrisy in America, his deep and honest love for his attorney Beverly, and simply speaking about a man's journey toward self realization and recognition. Cleaver's extreme, and at times brutal honesty about the events in his life, as well as his anger and even sarcasm, may seem harsh to some readers at first, but it is exactly this honesty in his words, his refusal to put up a mask and tell us what we want to hear, and his thoughtfulness that make this a truly touching and unique story. A must-read - especially for all those who still believe that changing or admitting defeat is impossible for someone with such a tough background and that passing judgment is consequently justified and easy in the case of a 'criminal' - which Cleaver certainly was at some point in his life. Another highlight of this book is the unusual relationship of Cleaver to his attorney, the depth of their affection, and their breathtaking love letters to one another. What, however, makes Soul On Ice stand out is that - although it was written during segregation and the civil rights movement - Cleaver is not at all taking the all too well known path of complaining about racism alone and thus wasting his precious time in prison to judge 'White America' and thus drift into self-pity about the Black man's sorry situation; on the contrary: although his focus is the African American experience in a hypocritical society as encountered in the United States, Cleaver realizes that his becoming a rapist and hurting others had nothing to do with racism or Black and White and certainly could not be justified by it. It is much more that he finally realized that HE - as a human being - had become inhumane and thus not worth loving himself. He thus started taking responsibility for his actions and thus - for the first time in his life - admitted that he was wrong. His book is, therefore, ultimately a story about life, defeat, regret, love, and the human soul on its journey toward self-recognition.

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