The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir

By | October 31, 2019
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir Author Ta-Nehisi Coates
ISBN-10 0385527462
ISBN-13 9780385527460
Year 2009-01-06
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Spiegel & Grau
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An exceptional father son storyfrom the National Book Awardwinning author ofBetweenthe World and Meabout the reality that tests us the myths that sustain us and the love that saves us Paul Coates was an enigmatic god to his sons a Vietnam vet who rolled with the Black Panthers an old school disciplinarian and new age believer in free love an autodidact who launched a publishing company in his basement dedicated to telling the true history of African civilization Most of all he was a wily tactician whose mission was to carry his sons across the shoals of inner city adolescenceand through the collapsing civilization of Baltimore in the Age of Crackand into the safe arms of Howard University where he worked so his children could attend for free Among his brood of seven his main challenges were Ta Nehisi spacey and sensitive and almost comically miscalibrated for his environment and Big Bill charismatic and all too ready for the challenges of the streets The Beautiful Struggle follows their divergent paths through this turbulent period and their fathers steadfast effortsassisted by mothers teachers and a body of myths histories and rituals conjured from the past to meet the needs of a troubled presentto keep them whole in a world that seemed bent on their destruction With a remarkable ability to reimagine both the lost world of his fathers generation and the terrors and wonders of his own youth Coates offers readers a small and beautiful epic about boys trying to become men in black America and beyond From the Hardcover edition

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