Thursday, November 19, 2015
The Madman of Piney Woods
Red has spent his life in fear of his prejudiced and often abusive grandmother. He doesn't understand why she hates everyone including him. He tries to take his father's advice and appreciate her as the person who gave them beloved but now dead mother. It's not easy.
One day these two boys have a chance meeting that begins an instant friendship, and they navigate their way through a society that doesn't think Irish boys and children of former slaves should be friends.
Their friendship is put to the ultimate test when the most vulnerable member of their community is in danger. It will take all their courage, strength, and trust to make it through the most terrifying night of both their lives.
There are parts of Christopher Paul Curtis's newest book that I really love, but it's just not my favorite of his books. The alternating points of view go on too long before the boys have any contact with each other. I wanted more of an intersection earlier in the story to make it feel more cohesive. It's still a good book and definitely worth reading. Once the boys come together, it's classic Christopher Paul Curtis filled with adventure, hope, and heartbreak.