Haven't read the print.
This book brought me to tears and laughter many times. It has changed my view of my fellow people. Boyle, in his perfect delivery of every story and certainly every hilarious punchline, sheds light on a slice of life, very foreign to my own, with such compassion and depth of insight that it is in fact tattooed on my heart.
All the various gang members speaking.
One small 12 year old boy gets a girlfriend who's 16. "G" gulps, but the kid says "It's okay G, she's short." This moment, once I stopped laughing my head off, communicated the honest, innocent absence of middle class moral concerns. Stories like this, as well as the numerous heartbreaking, senseless deaths show how the gang members live in a thought-system of their own that takes great love to shift in a new direction.
Thank you for doing that work and telling us, Gregory Boyle.
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