Review: Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates writes beautifully. I loved his book The Water Dancer, and like that book there are passages in this one that made me stop and marvel that anyone can be possessed of so much skill with words.

Written as a letter to his 15 year old son, Between the World and Me is an autobiographical recounting of the anger and frustration, the worry and fear of a Black father for his son's future. It's an attempt to arm his son with some of the knowledge he will need to navigate the world. It's a reflection on Race, and on the damaging power to Black bodies of the "Dream" of those who "believe themselves to be White". It's also a story of personal growth by a man who acknowledges he is not perfect and still has things to learn himself.

It's an instant classic. It's a must read, as Toni Morrison said. I don't know what took me so long to read it.

I rate Between the World and Me 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐ - I really liked it and am glad I read it. It moved me, and I recommend it.

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