Who is Malcolm X and why does his name bring so much controversy? Were the question which led me to read his autobiography.
The book is a detailed account of Malcolm’s life. The book begins with his difficult childhood, through to the hood life as a young adult, and how his prison experience made him the adult public figure he is remembered as.
The book held hope for a lost generation. You watch a young black man’s mind-set develop as he makes mistakes, looks back, learns and moves on. Malcolm acted as a teacher to many, but most importantly a figure of change. It is a book which must be read with an open mind as his beliefs are strong. Not everyone will agree with everything written, but Malcolm’s personality can be grasped, and as the reader I found a way to reason with the motives of his radical thoughts. His book is a great example in the way people in life can either raise an individual or tear them apart.
The book may refer to the early 20th century however scarily relates to many of today’s modern issues. It is an emotional book and as we look at Malcolm journey, how he changes from a ‘hoodlem’ to a wise man, it gives moments of reflection, particularly how far black people have come and gives appreciation to those who took the first steps to create this path of freedom many of us walk in. There are also parts which are educating. I would also say keep a dictionary with you (this man learnt the dictionary during his years in prison, so have one close by). Overall this book is defiantly one to read.
P.S. I also watched the movie (after the book), and yep I’m going to be typical and say the book was better, there are elements which the book covers which the movie simply does not capture in the same depth.