This week Michaela from Church Street Library is reviewing The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.
Over to Michaela…
The Pulitzer prize winning novel of 2020 set in the 1960’s tells the story of Elwood living in Florida with his grandmother. Elwood’s parent had up and left one night leaving her to raise him on her own. Elwood was a very naïve young man who after listening to the recording of Martin Luther King Jr took his words to heart. Working hard from a young age all this was about to change.
About to enrol in college and having been an exemplary pupil, one error on his part has forced him to end up inside the Nickel Academy for boys. Here is freedom is taken away from him and he forced to see how the boys are segregated according to their colour and how there is little respect for the boys.
His friendship with Turner is something that the book evolves around and both boys make a life changing decision which will change their lives.
A rich vibrant book that makes you sit back and realise in many places’ life has not changed.
A worthy read and well written.
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