The biography of a man with an unusual history
3 April, 2013
"The most exciting politician of our time." NY Times describes him. Well, that's probably true. I too had an enthusiasm for the man when I first heard about him from the media, and especially so after I had read some of his rhetoric qualities.
But my enthusiasm soon began dying out as I started learning more about the man's ideas and views. It seemed he was becoming a little demagogic. Or may be he has always been so.
Anyway, I still had a liking for this man. So I went ahead and bought this book. And I had hoped to learn more about the man. The book did reveal a lot of things about him. One of those is that he is a talented writer. And the book is what you would expect an autobiography of a politician to be - spurs of reality chiseled off and the stories a little galvanized here and there to make them appealing and give us as unruffled an outline as is possible. In the first few chapters, he welcomes us to join him in a journey to find answers to his questions on racism in America, his father's mysterious character, etc. But at the end of the book I felt like he had brought me to a point close to the promised destination, but not the destination itself. Either he himself had never traversed down further, or may be he had, but is reluctant to take us there for some reasons. He has churned out hatred toward whites and colonialists, repeatedly in the book. And I really expected that he would, somewhere near the end of the book, admit that the hatred he and the other characters in the book expressed through the book were, at least at their summits, a little hyperbolic. But he never did.
We all would have heard stories of oppression since childhood, especially stories of freedom struggle, in which the oppressor would be an all evil demon, and the oppressed would be an almost all good hero. And most of us would never have bothered to explore the other dimensions the stories might have had.
And now for the book, it is definitely a good read and especially for those people who see this man to be intriguing, you will find this book an interesting read. Most people who read this book will find it good, and many among them will actually find it gripping, exhilarating, and the like. And that's because, this man is a man of the people, and knows what they are, and what they want.
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