An exceptional father-son story about 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 adolescenceâ€”and through the collapsing civilization of Baltimore in the Age of Crackâ€”and 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 fatherâ€™s steadfast effortsâ€”assisted by mothers, teachers, and a body of myths, histories, and rituals conjured from the past to meet the needs of a troubled presentâ€”to keep them whole in a world that seemed bent on their destruction.
With a remarkable ability to reimagine both the lost world of his fatherâ€™s 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.
Author : Ta-Nehisi Coates
ISBN : 0385520360
Language : English
No of Pages : 227
Edition : First Edition
Publication Date : 5/6/2008
Format/Binding : Hardcover
Book dimensions : 8.4x5.7x1
Book weight : 0.01
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