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If you loved Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy, you'll very, very much like The Sun Does Shine which is a heartrending reminder of how flawed the American justice system is, especially if you're poor and of color.
Ray Hinton spends 30 years on Death Row, despite having an iron-clad alibi for the crimes he's been accused of, despite a practically antique gun's never having been fired for 25 years being tagged as the murder weapon in three crimes.
It's a shock just being accused, it's horrific being convicted, but spending your life on Death Row? There are no words that I can think of for myself.
Fortunately, Hinton has the words to describe his experiences. He goes from numbness to anger to hatred to finding friendship, family, and occasional bliss during his years (in his mind he travels to exotic places, he plays professional baseball, he marries beautiful and famous women. He does whatever he needs to do to survive but one more day). His best friends are all simply human, despite their crimes. He makes no bones about some of them surely being guilty, but accepts them, warts and all, as fellow human beings, trying to live in hellish surroundings.
In The Sun Does Shine, you'll see what true resilience is, what true spirit is and, my God, you'll see what true forgiveness is.
The only flaw is that it's narrated by Kevin Free, who does quite well, it's just that he's a young man, and time goes by for Hinton. He's a man brought down by time, made tired by all he's been through and lived through, one spirit-breaking year to the next (and I cried when someone beloved to him passes and there's nothing he can do about it). The book would've been far more powerful with an older man narrating.
But that's the only, only flaw.
Coming from a death penalty state, I kind of get numb with execution after execution. Fortunately there are books like this that make me angry and that remind me: I'm greater than the worst thing I've done... Aren't we all?
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The reader was so ON POINT! He read brilliantly and stayed in tone with the emotion of the event he was reading. He was a brilliant reader. I'm going to look for books read byKevin R. Free. I've watched Anthony Hinton on YouTube quite a bit and I could hear some of Mr. Hinton in the reader's slight southern-mixed-with-city drawl. I never stopped listening and never stopped growing from what I read. Anthony Rae Hinton was accused of murder and robbery though he was at work during the commission of the crime. I don't wanna give it all away but he spent 27 years on death row. Instead of allowing hate and bitterness to change him he changed death row! This is a book each and every person on the planet needs to read whether you are for or against the death penalty. His story makes me want to love those who may be unlike me socially or physically because we are all human beings and deserve to be seen as more than our worst act as his mentor, Bryan Stevenson, always says. READ THIS BOOK! I promise you, you won't for get it.