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I read a biographical book of Harris' and it was good, but this book is the stuff of poor, pathetic, a little anti-white, but that is not the worst part--the contintual rationalizing (or thinking he had to which was worse) for his super religious constantly bragging about his "notches"--
plus this dreck is the most simplistic writing at maybe the 4th grade level. It is like the words from a boy pretending he is a man explaining and apologizing at the same time what his sexual preference(s) are,
but there is no depth or feeling--an author in love with himself and his appendages--dead writing--plus if I heard one more time how he is "so gorgeous" (yuck)--enough-finally I erased the book half through on "800"th gorgeous,
I loved Queer as Folk--and enjoy the reading in this genre--but this book made me sick---plus I wanted to love this book. Sad, plus a waste.
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I really do not where to start; the writing is just bad. Even though E. Lynn Harris tells an interesting story, the trite character descriptions, superficial references to material items, and tedius decriptions of a character's every movement make listening to this book extremely difficult. You just want to say, "Get on with the story, why don't you! How insignificant was that!" I could not imagine if I had to sit down and read the book; I'd want to slit my wrist. But, the most fustrating thing I find about the writing is that the characters are decribed as food items. For example, one character was decribed as having the skin color of a "toasted croissant." It seems that Harris loves describing characters as mocha colored, almond colored, honey colored, dark chocolate. These descriptions are the best this writer can conceive in terms of decribing his characters and obviously are his definition of beauty, not to mention his obsession with characters having honey green or grey eyes. I find this is so sad, because it is 2006, yet he still has the "light skinned, hazel eyes, and good hair," as the true definition of African American beauty, mentality. However, aside from his plantation ideology, the writing is just bad.
Because this author spends so much time on trivial descriptions, he makes what could be a good story boring and never completely develops the story. As a result, the ending is drier than "burnt toast."
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