Forrest Carter weaves a story of his young childhood being raised by his Cherokee Grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains during the 1930’s depressiForrest Carter weaves a story of his young childhood being raised by his Cherokee Grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains during the 1930’s depression era. Carter moves the reader in the spiritual elements of how Little Tree is taught to live with Mother Earth and see the signs that she is rebirthing, he also learns how to plant by the signs of the moon, and listen to the birds call. He also is able to speak to trees and observe Mother Nature’s cycles and all life that she holds. Little Tree also learns the Cherokee lessons in dealing with people with respect. Lessons he learns through the Cherokee ways is that one teaches a person how to do something because if you constantly give to a person that person will depend on you and not able to stand on their own two feet and what happens we have taken away that person’s dignity. Carter shows elements of Mark Twain’s writing style and I can easily see Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer striking up a ‘kinship’with Little Tree. This book was at times humorous, heart wrenching, awe-inspiring, and delightful read that no one should miss.
However, being suspicious how a child of one so young could recall profound details and inner wisdom spirituality that I had to Google if this story was legit. Unfortunately, Forrest Carter is really Asa Carter whom was a member of the KKK and wrote for George Wallace and is known for "Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!"With this knowledge I found it difficult to wrap my mind around how such a man who wrote a beautiful story was also a white supremacist racist? Furthermore, I was dishearten to find out the story was also fictional and not non-fictional and found it disturbing that Carter used a culture to exploit his own book and career, that capture a nation with his story that was truly a sham. Then I came to terms with this and realize everyone has good in them. Asa Carter has a gift that came from God, a gift to weave stories that can move a person’s heart. Therefore, though I do not believe in prejudice or discrimination for any reason, creed, race, colour of skin, gender, or sexual preferences, I still will promote this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars! This story was Popping WOW no matter what circumstances it was written under!!! Please Pick up a Copy and read it!!! ...more
“The Bad Seed” by William March was originally published in 1954 and used terms such as ‘psychopath’ ,such a term was not used frequently during this“The Bad Seed” by William March was originally published in 1954 and used terms such as ‘psychopath’ ,such a term was not used frequently during this time and very shocking referring to a little girl. A little girl named Rhoda who has no conscience and only mimic what adults want from her, which makes her quite charming is actually a born killer. I struggle to give this book a star rating. Base on the era this book was written, it is in fact a four star rating. "Bad Seed" was advance in its time in psycho-thriller and its portrayal of children murderers and the debate if people are born this way or is it environmental, or can environment can cancel out the ‘bad seed’ within born killers. Nature vs. Nurture, debate is very strong in this novel. I can see how the reader audience of its day was shock and horrified to read this book. IF this book was written within the last 10 years, I would have rated it at a 3 star rating. The Feud’ism conversation, the contrast of Rhoda was super obedient, polite, and charming, to the adults-whom the authour make seem like babbling idiots to the point when Rhoda would comment "you are silly" to an adult, I would say "yeah I can see that Rhoda, you little psycho murder you" made this book very dry to read and too hard to believe. Overall, the ending did get a gasp out of me and the book is worthwhile read. Please go to your local library and check it out. Now I cannot wait to read both versions of the movies of this book. ...more
Though an older horror novel, it kept me guessing and many turns and twists in the plot was unexpected. definitely sent chills down my spine and keptThough an older horror novel, it kept me guessing and many turns and twists in the plot was unexpected. definitely sent chills down my spine and kept me glued to the pages....more