I took a break from reading to watch this series… you should too.
Ava DuVernay’s four part series about the children who were wrongly accused, prosecuted and jailed for a crime they didn’t commit. (93% on Rotten Tomatoes.)
Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us was the first Netflix series that I ever downloaded and watched. I highly recommend that you watch it if you haven’t already.
It is the depiction of what happened to the five Harlem boys who were accused, prosecuted and jailed for attacking and raping the Central Park Jogger in 1989. The story is told from their and their families’ perspectives. Presented in four parts, each about an hour long. Not a huge time commitment but it is an emotional commitment.
It’s hard to watch to because you know what is going to happen and you can not stop it from happening. You can’t tell Kevin to stay home and skip the park. You can’t tell Korey to stay with his girlfriend that night, and then not to go with Yusef to take a little trip downtown the next day. You can’t tell Ray Santana’s dad that he should skip work and stay with his son at the station. You can’t tell Tron’s dad that no, Tron should not sign the made-up confession.
The injustice and inhumanity these boys and their families endured is heartbreaking and infuriating. Everyone should watch and absorb and learn. We should not accept a society that does this to our children.
And, if you doubt that the series is an accurate depiction of what happened, please also watch Ken Burns’ 2 hour 2012 documentary “The Central Park Five”.
Hi everyone – July 3rd here and I haven’t written in a while. The month of June generally kicks my butt and this month was especially cray-cray. So I did read 3’ish books but didn’t really have time to write.
I also took a day while traveling to download and watch When They See Us – the Ava DuVernay series about the Central Park 5. Highly recommend and will post separately about it.
In any case, as of yesterday I had read 30 books this year so I’m slightly ahead of schedule. Please refer to this page to see the books I’ve read so far this year and here for my favorite books so far.
I’m starting another book – my book club has chosen Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers …. or should I clean the office first?
I grabbed this book at Words, our local bookstore, because it looked interesting and because it had a sticker that noted it was one of the NYT’s 10 Best Books of 2018. I brought it to Florida and tried to dive in after I finished the Andrew Yang book.
It was a tough ride.
The book is broken into five sections that read as stand-alone stories but are interconnected by characters. They are set in various locations in India, and the predominant feelings I got from reading the book were heat, crowdedness and despair.
The very first part that I read that first day was short and depressing. I had to put the book down and didn’t pick it up again until I had read 4 “easier” books (see last post LOL). It’s about an Indian ex-patriot returning with his young son to see tourist sites. I put it down for 7 days after that section.
The second section was more interesting – it concerned an upper class son and his interactions with the maids and cooks that his parents employed. I found the intricacies of the household tempo and daily housekeeping fascinating.
I did not like the third section. It’s about a peasant and a bear that he captures and trains to “dance” as they wander around trying to make money. These characters appear as a clause in the first section.
The fourth section tells the backstory of one of the maids in the second section. It is more readable than the other sections but still tough.
The last section is the shortest and honestly I skimmed it as I was about done with the book. The narrator is connected to the first and third sections as far as I can tell.
So overall – I don’t really recommend this book for the faint of heart, unless you are into the nitty gritty of basic peasant life in India. This book was raw and while maybe well-written and meaningful, I was distracted by the feelings of “omg”. I may try it again in the future…