So if you read the introduction, Robert Kirkman said that he didn't want to just write a horror gory and blood splattering Zombie graphic novel. He wa...moreSo if you read the introduction, Robert Kirkman said that he didn't want to just write a horror gory and blood splattering Zombie graphic novel. He wanted his story to be much more deeper and to really capture the psychological aspects of this apocalyptic world. I believe he was achieved this. Not only did I enjoy his style of art, I enjoyed the story as well. Though I only read the first volume and know there's much more to go, I think he has developed the characters very well and made sure each one has their own voice. If you like graphic novels/comic books and want to get into some good ol' bloody violent zombie stories, definitely check this out! (less)
This was fascinating! I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. It was great to learn more about Malcolm X, who he really was and the things...moreThis was fascinating! I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. It was great to learn more about Malcolm X, who he really was and the things he stood for. Many people just think of him as a hateful, violent, and racist man, however, this book shows other sides of him.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X is a must read for all those who are interested in social justice and activism. If you're not interested in that then read it for history and for understanding what life was/is like for black people here in America. This book is one of many that shows what centuries of enslavement and racism has had on a physical, psychological, and spiritual level on black people, not only back then, but also today.
When it came to learning about the civil rights era in school, I personally believe all the focus was on MLK and how he preached non-violence in school. We talked a little bit about Malcolm X, but what we learned was that he was the exact opposite of MLK and preached hate and violence along with the black panthers. It wasn't until late high school where we learned a little more details about Malcolm X and even then my teacher regrettable told us that though she wanted to teach us more, she had to adhere to the curriculum and teach us what may be covered on the American History Regents.
Reading this autobiography gave me the opportunity to see another side of the civil rights movement. A side that is often skipped over or just scratched at on the surface instead of digging deep down and seeing the effect of racism and how violent people become when the demand for change and justice threatens the norm.
Another aspect I found so amazing to read about was Malcolm's spiritual journey. As a spiritual person myself, I immediately felt that connection and understood how and why he changed his life around. It was enthralling to see him go through his own spiritual crises then make the trip to Mecca where all of his ideas and beliefs were completely flipped due to his experience there.
I wondered about any bias that may come forth since from this book since the account is primarily told from Malcolm X's point of view. However, Haley did a marvelous job combating this in the epilogue, which I was going to skip until I saw him write how "intense" Malcolm X can be. I was so intrigued by Malcolm, I couldn't stop thinking about the epilogue and ended up reading it though it was 70 pages.
Overall, The Autobiography of Malcolm X was fantastic and I'm glad I finally got the chance to read it. I just wish I read it sooner.