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Abdul
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Linda
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Fred improves tremendously once he's knocked off his pedestal, though of course he finds it again. I probably should have realized what the issue was sooner: something meriting a content warning.
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Linda
Linda is on page 132 of 336
Fred Allen's natural perfection continues to earn him the best of the best, and he's accepted to three top-tier grad schools: Columbia, Juilliard (yes, that's how it's spelled!), and Union Theological Seminary. He accepts all three offers and is a stellar student at all of them, of course, despite also being a choir director out in the suburbs and the father of a young child. I realize this is biography, but WTF?
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Linda
Linda is on page 90 of 336
So far, this book really screams "The South!"—both the wealthy, genteel class and the poor class. The writing is fairly good, but...Fred Allen is perfect. His eventual wife is perfect. Their relationship is, so far, perfect. They're only now having an actual conflict, over money. Up until now, the drama has primarily been, "Will the rich people accept him when they learn that he's poor? Oh, they already did."
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Linda
Linda is on page 50 of 336
The book is definitely hagiographic, but it still remains to be seen how much it proselytizes. Right now, it's not much; this is a good balance that mentions Fred Allen's faith yet doesn't feel cloying or uncomfortably desperate.
Aug 06, 2019 04:11PM 2 comments
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