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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching story of two brothers growing up in poverty., November 14, 1999
This review is from: There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America (Paperback)
Alex Kotlowitz's novel was written during the middle and late 1980s. It accurately and truthfully describes the living conditions that existed in a Chicago housing project. He details a three year period in the lives of ten year old Lafayette and seven year old Pharaoh which includes their special adventures on the railroad tracks and their constant fear of gang violence and death. The family is caught up in a "culture of poverty". Mr. Kotlowitz includes many, many true characters including the then mayor, housing execs, politicians, police, and gangbangers in the book. But the beauty of the book is the close bond between the brothers in the mist of surrounding chaos. Today Lafayette is still adjusting, but alive. Pharaoh has graduated high school with the help of Mr. Kotlowitz's, and his mother, LaJoe is well. They have since move from the housing projects, but still reside on the westside of Chicago. Mr. Kotkowitz lives in a suburb outside of Chicago. I was police officer in those projects when this book was written.
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Initial post: Jul 23, 2012 1:10:53 PM PDT
Wow! I'm just reading this book. I actually stumbled across this book while looking for another book. I read the title and was like...hummmm interesting! I also grew up in a similar situation. I didn't actually live in the projects but we lived up the hill from them. It was not that much different!lol However, once we were old enough we found ourselved hanging in the project too. It wasn't pretty, but I don't have to tell you that! Anyhow, thanks for giving an update on the Rivers family. Many of us was wondering what happened to Lajoe, Lafayette and Pharoah. Glad that they are all ok. We were rooting for them!:)
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