5 star reviews, Book reviews, homosexuality, Racism

Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala

5/5 stars

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I struggled with the writing style at first.  The dialogue is not separate from the paragraphs and there are no quotation marks, so sometimes, especially in the beginning, when there is a lot of talking, it was confusing as to who was speaking.  But, I stuck it out and I am glad that I did.

Niru is growing up in a wealthy suburb of Washington, DC.  He goes to a private school, he is a track team star, he has a great best friend and he was accepted to Harvard early admission.  And he’s gay.  His father is from Nigeria where being homosexual is punishable by 14 years in prison.

Speak No Evil is about more than homosexuality, however, it’s also about being a black man in America in 2018.  We still have a very long way to go in terms of viewing everyone equally.  We need to all work at that and this book is a step in that direction.

There is a lot in this book.  A lot of relevant material that made me think, that made me see things through a different perspective, that made me realize the emotional ramifications of religiously inspired traditions or politically charged rhetoric.  I think this is an important book and one that anyone interested in understanding how a different ethnic group views America and how their experience is different due to the color of their skin, should read this book.


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