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Posted January 13, 2014
This seems like an honest, informative, most times hurtful experiencegrowing up Black in the 50s, even coming from middle class environment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2004
Every African American male youth in America should read this true story of a lazy young man who had enormous abilities but took the negative way out to a life of crime. Born within a upper middle class family with a great mind, the main character does the crime and then does the time (in prison). This is the book that African-American community libraries and schools should buy and have numerous copies for the residents of the neighborhood to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 4, 2004
When Victor Woods determine that crime really did not pay after spending years in jail and prison, he did society a wonderful service when he wrote this book. Many Black males will probably be saved from a life of criminal activities if they have the opportunity of reading this wonderful autobiography. I bought the book and in two days, I completed it, reading how he was raised by an upper middle class Black family in a Chicago suburban village. I could totally relate to this project because as a parent who lives in similar surroundings, affiliated with the same type of organizations and has a son who didn't fulfill any type of personal responsibilities when he was young (in high school and didn't finish college), and now I see him suffering because he always wanted to take the easy and slick way out. Now he has absolutely nothing, whereas his brother and sister have accomplished many goals through education and careers. I was totally amazed by Victor's friend Earl who stuck by him for years on end and the constant reflection on his grandmother's desire for him to change due to his intelligence and live a good life. This absolutely is a great book and should by all means be on school and public library shelves everywhere, if one black child is in attendance.I congratulate Mr. Woods on seeing the light at the end of the tunnel because the light will really shine if one makes the attempt to do the right thing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 17, 2004
A breed Apart: A Journey to Redemption is an absolutely fascinating and engaging book. I was introduced to this book and drawn to the contents because it addresses the experiences faced by many inner city youth. As an educator who has dedicated my life to ensure that the youth that crosses my path are successful, I was impressed by the lessons that Mr. Woods mapped out. He uses his life experiences as a tool to reach the masses, who have considered or who have gone down the wrong path, for whatever reasons, to re-examine their role in this universe. He has a very compelling tale of life in the fast lane, taking responsibility for one's actions, and finally coming to the realization of his true value to society. This is a tale of self-discovery; one that will uplift those who journey with Mr. Woods and share similiar experiences. This book is excellent and I highly recommend it, particularly to our youth. It is assigned as my program's summer reading assignment. I am sure that they will enjoy it as much as I did!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 8, 2004
Although I am a personal friend of Mr. Woods, I can say without bias that Victor Woods is an honest example of how young African-American men and women can achieve success, even after facing many obstacles. His candid detailing of his successes and failures through a life of crime, shows young readers that nothing worthwhile is achieved easily. Anything that appears to be free, simply is not. His is a humbling account for all to consider when contemplating a road greatly traveled and full of deception and shame. From the first day I read his novel until now, Victor has never been anything other than what you see. His outright honesty and truthfullness draws you in and gives you something to think about. This has been a long work in progress that has finally reached fruition. I strongly encourage all to read this book and share it with others, for you will not be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2003
A Breed Apart is a phenomenal book that draws you into the life of Victor Woods and every emotional ride he went through, the thrills and the chills. Victor Woods came from a family that most black children would dream of having. His yearning to learn about and be around people that looked like him caused an inner struggle and a rift in his home life. Determined to do things on his own terms, Victor chose a life of crime and spent a total of 8 years of his life paying for those choices. What makes this book so compelling is the power of unconditional love and friendship. Blessed is the influence of one true loving human soul on another (George Eliot). Victor's Grandmother loved him and always told him that he could make it and those words helped to shape his truest potential. Victor's best friend Earl, supported him when everyone else had given up on him. Earl helped Victor dig deep inside of himself and choose the path he was destined to lead. In every dark hour, at every crossroad in the forward struggle of life, the spirit of truth will be revealed. A Breed Apart speaks to the truth of one's spirit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.