Thursday, July 18, 2013
A Lesson Before Dying
I finished this book yesterday. It has been in my "stack" of books for years and I think was on Oprah's Book Club list probably over 10 years ago. I finally got around to reading, well listening, to it. Such a good book, sad, thought provoking and in this time really thought provoking. With all the stuff going on with Paula Deen and that girl on Big Brother lately with racial slurs and words tossed around my mind has been on the subject a lot. The books time period is in the 1940's in Cajun country about a young black man named Jefferson who somehow gets tied into a robbery gone bad and he's the only one left standing. Being black, in the 40's and the south he is convicted to death and all of the waiting for his execution effects everyone in town in some way or another. The story is of course sad but it brings thoughts to mind of the time era and how far we HAVE come in the world yet when I watch the Big Brother show and see that young girl espousing the racial crap I see we still have not come very far. Why can't we learn to love everyone, to stop this insane difference that keeps us so far apart from becoming human beings! My mind is a jumble of these thoughts lately. Sorry. It's a really good book.