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Will Campbell's award-winning book shares two interrelated stories. One is of his youth in rural Mississippi and his devotion to his brother whose life ended in seeming tragedy. The other tells of his ordination at age 17 and gradual realization that civil rights—for blacks, for women, for gays —was an essential part of a ministry that has not yet ended.
Posted January 3, 2003
Campbell tells a deeply felt and deeply moving story--his own. Despite his profession as a pastor, he is unable to save the person most dear to him---his older brother. As a result, he becomes heavily involved in the Civil Rights movement, trying to do for minorities what he can't do for his brother--ease their suffering. But this book is more than a reflection on white man's guilt. It is an examination of the South, religion, culture, and most of all brotherly love. Though the prose might seem offsetting at first, it quickly becomes obvious how integral and illuminating it really is. No matter how many books I read, none has ever moved me as much as this one. I reread it at least once a year.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2002
I had to do a book report on this book. I know its critically acclaimed, but I just could not get into it. Everyone in my college class, except the teacher, thought it was boring. I am forty and I have read books all my life. Its basically about the relationship between two brothers during the fifties and sixties. Its also about how racism effected them. One brother becomes a pharmacist and addicted to his drugs, the other becomes a preacher and fights for equality.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.