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Sandra

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  • Black Like Me

  • By: John Howard Griffin
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,277

Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book brings back memories...

  • By Wayne on 11-26-15

Discrimination in any form is totally unacceptable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Black Like Me to be better than the print version?

I never read the book but feel that they would have been on an equal par.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I found the very poor young man with his wife and children living in the forest to be my favourite character because I remember a young man in South Africa some years ago saying to my father that had he broken down in a rural area, he would have taken him in and given him what food he had and a place to sleep but it would not have been the same if the young man had broken down in a "white" area. I really found the whole situation the same as I had known it then.

What does Ray Childs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I think that Ray Childs brought a good narrative voice and quality to the reading, which brought my imagination to life in many ways. His voice brought the whole situation to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Man's arrogance in thinking that he has the right to judge and see himself as superior to anyone.

Any additional comments?

I loved the book. For me it was a confirmation of what I thought was happening in America in that time period. I had also seen this in South Africa, and in later years as well until Mandela's government took over. I was able to see a lot through this book which I had only thought and believed happened.

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