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In the Light of You

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  92 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Mikal Fanon didn't join up so he could hurt people. Sherry Nicolas didn't mean to fall in love. Niani Shange didn't want to inspire any violence. Jack Curry didn't want to love someone who didn't love him back. Richard Lovecraft didn't intend to be made a fool. Hatred, seething, raw, unblinking hatred can be as inspiring as love. And when Mikal gets caught up in a rally, p ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Bleak House Books
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Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a powerful story. I got this book as a free kindle book, so I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting myself into when I started reading it.

I couldn't put it down.

It disturbed me, it enraged me, it made me uncomfortable, it challenged me, it nauseated short, it did all the things reading a book from the perspective of a "skin-head racialist" should do. The fact that this particular skin-head was a 16 year old child only made it more challenging to read. You couldn't help but f
Nov 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
An amazing story. I bought this as an ebook because it was on sale and I thought it seemed interesting. It was much deeper than I expected and a fascinating read (I finished it in a few days, which is a feat for me as I tend to be a slow reader). Well written with a few surprising twists, which is one reason why I don't want to say too much about the plot or characters. A book like this just needs to be experienced. My only gripe is the amount of typos in the middle of the book, but those were e ...more
Sep 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
Not sure why I even bothered to finish this book. The main character reminded me of Holden Caulfield. I hate Holden Caulfield.
Melissa Kyeyune
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Well, well, well.

Neo-nazis. White Power. 'Taking back the land'. Things that will make your eyes widen. I am writing this review from the Black side of things. (Please laugh). Basically, Mikal Fanon (inspired by the Black post-colonial, and oft-quoted Frantz Fanon? No? Okay.) is a young, marginalized and angry white guy who longs to fit in... somewhere. Fitting in is difficult because his poor family lives in the ghetto and he is surrounded by Black folks who are either violent and abusive towar
May 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Mikal Fanon is a 16 year old boy who feels he doesn’t fit in anyplace until he meets Richard Lovecraft. Richard is the leader of a gang of Neo-Nazi skinheads and Mikal soon joins the group. Mikal finally feels as though he fits in someplace. He becomes very close to Richard’s girl friend, Sherry Nicholas. The two young people are both
fascinated by Niani Shange a beautiful intelligent black activist on the local campus.

The book points out many of the problems young people are dealing with in tod
Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: pretty much anyone
Recommended to Bill by: Andrew
Nathan continues to amaze with his talent and incredible insight. His compassion and empathy are so real and contagious, I always find myself gaining a new understanding of how people can embrace viewpoints and ideologies which have previously been incomprehensible to me. And this talent is presented through a remarkable imagination and gift for storytelling! I find myself wondering whether Nathan's characters are actually people he has known, composites of people he has known, or completely ima ...more
Jordaline Vulva
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This book surprised me. I expected it to be up front and in my face with the gritty, dirty parts of people but instead it was subtle. Almost beautiful how Mr singer crafted these characters. They have depth, and weren't cookie cutter. Yes, most of the characters were horrible, racist, sexist and fascist but it was honest. They felt the terrible hatred because that's what they were taught, or it was the only way to belong. This book had disgusting displays of what humans can and will do and I in ...more
Eric Beebe
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nathan Singer has a way with words and it can get under your skin. In the Light of You is one of the rare books that made me squirm with discomfort and joy at the same time. Quite the accomplishment if you ask me.

Imagine if you grew up a tough urban neighborhood and find yourself a member of a gang of neo-Nazi skinheads. Hell, not just a member, but the BEST FRIEND of the leader. Morally ambiguity abounds as the kid from the hood has to decide if he's loyal to his home or his new friends.

Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In this, his third novel, Singer shows that he's not afraid to get his hands dirty to prove a point. The reader is forced into the head of an Aryan Warrior, a 17-year-old neo-nazi skinhead who falls in with an "army" of others like him. It is at times very difficult to read, as Singer pulls no punches on the language of hate, or on the details of violence. Above all, though, this book terrified me as I found myself identifying and sympathizing with some of the most abhorrently hateful characters ...more
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A dark and desperate coming of age tale, the subject matter and language is not for the easily offended but also is incredibly necessary to create the provocative characters that bounce effortlessly between despicable and sympathetic. The reader is likely to squirm uncomfortably as you realize how common and familiar evil can be; how easily understandable actions can be even as we deem them unjustifiable...we all want to belong...
3 stars for writing and minor editing mistakes, 4 stars for charac
Jun 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This book was amazing. It took me to a different place, but it was a place I didn't want to be. The way kids were polarized into their groups seemed very honest. The brutality that takes place within the group is beyond comprehension for me, but I don't doubt it. It's a subject everyone should understand but it's not a book for everyone, which is the only reason I gave it 4 instead of five stars. I found the ending to be honest and hopeful and it cleansed my mental palette of the bitterness from ...more
Jen Angel
May 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of a kid that gets drawn in and wrapped up in white-power skinhead culture when he is 17 years old. Well written. It's about white-power skinhead culture, and I wish it delved more into politics and how people can get wrapped up in it, though it kind of does that by showing one person's story. I wonder how many people will be interested in this? Or how believable it will seem to people who have had no exposure to skinhead culture (like, in some places was enough information given?)? Ov ...more
Sep 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
This books shows the journey of a teenage boy trying to find where he belongs. The story is chilling and raw. The dialog may be offensive to some, but helps one feel what his environment was like. His recollection of how he lived his life is frightening and makes one think about how scary the world can be. The end of the book gives one hope with the boy grown into a man and learning how to make sense of his life.
Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
A brutal, unflinching look at America's racist subculture, replete with sex, violence and jagged-edged punk rock. Nathan Singer does more than narrate the story of the rootless, disaffected kids drawn into the hate: he lets you hear the siren song that lures them to their doom.

Yeah, I blurbed it, and I meant every word.
Rory Costello
Aug 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued when I read about the subject of this book, and Singer's portrait was incisive, with hard-hitting insights on the "scene." It's a portrait of a facet of America of which most people will be at best vaguely aware. I was somewhat surprised (and not entirely pleased) with the shift in tone toward the end, but this was still a very memorable story.
Aug 09, 2009 added it
It was a good book about finding yourself, & how sometimes int he quest to find your own identity, you get sucked up by what you think you want to be. Its about outgrowing your friends & realizing that not all of you go in the same direction, & that the person you turn into can be very different than the person you started off being.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I bought this at a library book sale on a whim but I figured for $2.00 I couldn't really lose. It took me a little while to get into it because it was so intense, fast-paced and raw. That ended up being what I loved most about the book. I thought it was a good look into how young people are recruited into hate groups, why they stay and how they get out (or don't).
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was a fascinating look into the life of a teenager who joined a Neo Nazi group and what transpired the year that he was in there. I was surprised at the last couple of chapters (not giving a spoiler the
Angélique (Angel)
Intense. Surprising at times. I read through it faster than I even realized. The emotions were so...tangible that I couldn't help but be drawn in. Great for psycho-analyzers like myself. Plus the ending was good.
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is well written and approaches the subject of racism and the neo-nazi movement in a much different way than most books. Once you start reading it, you can't stop. I read this book in it's entirety on a Sunday. I highly recommend this book.
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This book wasn't great. It wasn't bad either.
I expected a lot more out of it from the past reviews.
It started out good enough, in the same fashion as American History X and Romper Stomper, but it fell flat soon after.
It was one of those books that I was happy was over.
Aug 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Amazing - one of those books that just kept begging me to read one more chapter again and again and again.
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story of an adolescent trying to find where he belongs, and dealing with a difficult subject. Very believable characters.
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought provoking read. It transports you to a different reality and makes you think.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Intense. It was a fairly ingrossing plot, although it was multi-layered and sometimes all the layers didn't seem to make a lot of sense.
Sep 22, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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