Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Book Review: Living Half Free

Living Half FreeLiving Half Free by Haley Whitehall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The author’s focus on historical accuracy shines in Living Half Free, her first published story of a young white-skinned slave named Zachariah. For many contemporary people, Zachariah’s trials might seem outlandish, or even unthinkable by today’s standards. But this book is set in the pre-Civil War period, when the institution of slavery was alive and well, in all its harsh clarity. The author simply brings the truth to light through the main character.

In this story, we see how few choices Zach has in his life. We cringe at how he’s forced to live, at the abuse he suffers. And all along we root for him to get and hold onto freedom and happiness, though we know it’s unlikely he’ll ever have either for very long. His light skin and light hair allows him some freedom, but in the old days, even one drop of negro blood made a man a slave. And sadly, a slave Zachariah will always be. But to whom is the question?

I think the book is aptly named. Zach will ever be half free as he’s forced to straddle two worlds – the white world and the black world - and try to remain the master of his soul.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

I'm back....!

And here's some love for the comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates:

Who might in fact be the smartest people in America right now. If I were the president, I'd hand over my job. On a platter. A very big platter. Filled with bacon!

Here's a good music video of theirs called Save the Rich.

Garfunkel and Oates: Save the Rich

I think you should watch it!

More later,