Vinay Thakur Thakur itibaren Kalamitsi, Yunanistan
Just finished book one. Amazing book! I need to get to a bookstore to buy the other two books ASAP! At first I thought the concept was weird and morbid...kids going into a gladiator style battle with only one survivor but it ended up being an insane page turner. This is one of those books that you will have trouble putting down!
This book was pretty interesting. John Griffin is a writer and he spent about a month in the south in 1959. He took medicine and tanned to appear black. He tells the story of his life as a black man and about the horrible treatment they received.
Was an 18 year old stoner when I first read this book and I thought it was amazing. Lots of sex and war and rebellion. Upon second reading, the book didn't hold up for me. Five years and a college education later I think Marquez embraces melodrama too heartily and so, despite the motley assortment of characters and dramatic pratfalls that fill the pages, the book ultimately comes up empty handed. There is beautiful imagery to be found, but no great truth.