Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully some others will be curious enough to pick it up.WildBill wrote:I finished the book and highly recommend it. It is really quite an interesting story.
It was amazing how Clarence Thomas was attacked by the liberals because he didn't think the same way as they expected all black people to think.
My favorite line from the book is a quote from Clarence Thomas' grandfather:
"Hard times make monkey eat cayenne pepper"
I admire how open he was about drinking, his failure as a husband, and about how he turned away from his faith for so long and was brought back.
One of my favorite takeaways was the theme of rattlesnakes and water moccasins when comparing overtly racist Southerners with the liberal establishment that seeks to build their careers off of the blind loyalty of black voters.
Another takeaway was his grandfather's refusal to accept government handouts because you are "inviting them into your home".
(My Grandfather's Son: The Memoirs of Clarence Thomas)