Forty Acres and a Mule

So after a few hectic weeks, I’ve finally been able to feel human again and get myself back on some tracks. One of those tracks has been starting to read again, something I hate to get behind on; especially since I didn’t hit my Goodreads goal last year.

Just before things got crazy in my personal life, a friend had recommended a book to me titled Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith.

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Now I have to admit, when I first read the summary I was pulled in automatically but then I did something I don’t normally do; I started to look at the reviews. Without spoiling anything for myself, I did notice that the reviews were everywhere! Some people loved it, others liked it and there were more than a handful of people who couldn’t get through it damning it with all their might.

I had no choice but to really check it out. So I ordered it from Amazon and dug right in when it landed on my doorstep.

First I will say and I admit it, I almost didn’t finish it. NOT because of the content but for two major reasons:

  1. The beginning is sloooooooow.
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I understand that there needs to be development and character introduction but it just seemed to be buttering an already made cake.

2. The chapters are SHORT! And boy do I mean it.

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Some chapters were barely a page and others barely a page and a half. It was frustrating. I’m not sure if it’s because once I got comfortable in a chapter it was over or maybe because it switched from one scene to another so quickly I barely felt like I had gotten the chance to connect to a character, I’m not sure. But it drove me NUTTS! Enough so, that I actually had to text my friend who recommended the book and let him know how much I hated him.

He knew it was going to drive me insane, he knew it so well that when I texted him without context he already knew what I was upset about.

BUT

That’s all I can say I didn’t like about this book. After the slow moving parts, when it picked up it stayed up and didn’t stop until I realized there was no book left. It wasn’t always an easy read, let’s face it; the topic at hand is far from strawberries and butterflies but it’s NOT supposed to be nice.

IT’S racism, it’s slavery, rape, murder, and torture and it’s supposed to make you feel uncomfortable. It’s learning about history and also how to prevent the same mistakes. In today’s society, this book can really open a person’s mind; fiction or not.

I applaud the author for writing this book, I’m sure it was hard to write and I’m sure even harder to try and find someone to support it but I’m glad he did.

I’ve recommended it to a few people and I hope that they are able to sit down and have a discussion about this book with me. A discussion and not an argument because I know many will have different opinions.

I recommended it to all my followers as well but know going in the read is tough, it’s heartbreaking and there are a few times I cried. It’s heartache for many different reasons but I highly recommend this read.

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