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Beck

Before I start going into the actual review I would like to say a few things. This book contains some very graphic scenes that are based somewhat on real life events in 1900s America, these include sex, racism, sexism and some inappropriate words.
The book Beck is about racism and life in the 1900s. The story follows an orphaned boy called Beck who was born in Liverpool during this period of time, in this period of time the world didn't take kindly to people who were (to put it simply) non-white, they were treated like aliens. Beck is then shipped to America to live in a Christian orphanage where he is treated in a way that makes him almost invisible to the world. This created a building block for the world for his whole opinion on the world and realizes that the world treats him differently just because of his skin color. This book is a very eye opening book which really shows how hard it was to live in the 1900s as a black person, it shows many struggles and is an engaging read. However the way the author wrote the book might make it hard for people to read it as he writes in slang sometimes to create an effect. If I were to rate this book I would give it a strong 8/10, a challenging read.

Posted on: 16th April 2017 at 02:54 pm

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