The Secret of Magic

The Secret of Magic

by Deborah Johnson
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The Secret of Magic 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
DTChantel More than 1 year ago
Deborah Johnson’s “The Secret of Magic” is that rare book that truly makes you glad civilization has made the advances they have. The racial strife and tensions of that time period, for blacks and whites, was truly horrifying. Just as people were appalled at the atrocities of World War II once details started to emerge, so should we continually be appalled at the way people behaved during that time period. Without books like “The Help” and “The Secret of Magic,” I probably would not have been as cognizant of how bad things really were. I’ve never had to walk down the street and be expected to move out of the way for someone else (other than common courtesy) or face their wrath. I’ve never had to wonder whether I could open the door of a restaurant or shop and freely walk in. I’ve never had to move to the back of a bus to make room for those who were considered superior. And I’ve never had to use a drinking fountain or other amenity that was designated for my race only. For a land that offered freedom and opportunity to all men, these things were, and always will be, unacceptable. “The Secret of Magic” magically took me to that place. I felt suffocated, trapped and helpless against the way things were. And it wasn’t only the injustices to the black community that offended me. I would not have wanted to live in the white world at that time either. With their secrets, their hidden truths and half-truths and overall hypocrisy, the South at that time was as cloying and stifling as the humid air and the kudzu that wrapped itself around the South and choked the life out of it. The author couldn’t have done a better job with Regina Robichard, the main heroine. She was empathic and kind, but also determined to get justice. Acting on her feelings, and caring for the feelings of others, she slowly tries to work out the truth against tremendous odds. I know the resolution of each individual case that came out of those times and situations was different, but in the end, we all lost out. The blight of racial inequality is something that no one can win or erase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The secret is out -- The Secret of Magic is a beautiful novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is always hard to read about man's inhumanity towards man no matter what country, race or gender the story is about. This book told about the hard truths, about race and socio-economics, but also about the softer story of the forbidden love that crosses those man-made boundries. I choose to fight against what people say makes us different and support the love that makes us the same. I think that is what would reward this author the most.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truely loved reading this book, The author writes beautifully and paints the characters in realistic form!
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NettAW More than 1 year ago
Being African American, I thought I would not enjoy but this was a great book.
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Can somebody whose finished this book please explain where regina got the key to the cell??? Thanks