As usual, Hollywood did a hatchet job on a good book. I'm not trying to say that this was a great book but the movie that was based on this book was completely lacking in depth or three dimensionality. Where I found this book lacking was in not fully exploring or explaining why the relationship between Coleman and his wife was so bad. Also, I felt that character Coleman was directly inspired by Anatole Broyard, who passed away in 1990, and his story was infamous by the time this book was published. My final complaint about the book was their was no attempt to empathize with Coleman about making his decision to live his life as a white man. Very little is mentioned of the terror that he must have experienced on a daily basis. Even with these faults or as faults as I see them, I still liked the book.
Listening to this book was definitely a high point of my summer. I was drawn in by compelling,identifiable characters that I wanted to learn more about.
I love this book on so many levels. From the excellent storytelling to the introduction of the intersex world to the uninitiated, it was wonderful.
I thought the writer has some very interesting theories as to why the world is "screwed up". However, I felt the author took some of the books out of context and many times espoused the ideas expressed in these books to an outlandish absurd conclusion. It is clear that the author's pro-Christian/anti-Atheist views influenced his analysis of these books and possibly conflated the ideas expressed by the books he criticized discounting their revolutionary nature.
Further, the anti-abortion rhetoric would have been more effective if it were a little more subtle. Even though I personally do not agree with the author's point of view in some parts of the book, overall this book provokes thought and discussion.
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