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Gigantic Social Issues Recognized In A Novella
on September 15, 2013
When I first thought about reading this book, BLACKFACE by Q.B. WELL, I was told by a person on a social media site that it was too violent. I felt ashamed for picking a violent book to read. Why? Because I believe very much in nonviolence. As time passed, I would think of this title. I wanted to know whether the novella was worth reading. I can truthfully say yes. Plus, I had the chance to make my personal decision about the book.
The author is a realist. He doesn't sugarcoat what happens in some urban areas. In these areas there is raw ugliness. It's incredible what goes on in the streets. Because the book is so realistic portions of the book broke my heart. Sadly, the situations written about in the novella are ones I hear about on the news, on the internet and in the newspaper: drugs, gang wars, bad reputations of some church authorities, theft, sexual promiscuity.
One character literally admits to having only two choices. He could either choose death or prison. It's almost too much for a human heart to bear. I will remember Black, Penney, Face and Zero for a long time. While reading, many thoughts crossed my mind. First of all I couldn't blame any character for his/her actions. It was impossible for me. I did want so badly for each one to find a way out of the asphalt jungle where everyday the young people are struggling to survive like grown men and women.
So I believe the author has written a precautionary tale. If that is his reason, for me he didn't fail. I got more than a bird's eye view of how it feels for a son to see his mother begging him for twenty dollars to get some drugs, what it feels like to see a good student all of a sudden locked in a wheel chair or what it feels like to see your child dying. His dreams on hold. These words just gripped my heart. '"Damn you, boy," she gasped as she hugged him and pleaded. "Please don't let me have to bury you or see you behind the thick glass of some penitentiary. My heart could not take it."'
Maybe I have voiced those very words myself, as a mother, at some point in time. I can literally feel and hear that mother's words. Those I suppose are the gifts of Q.B. Wells. He has the ability to write realistically, and he has the skill or experience to touch a person's heart. So I will add these characters to other unforgettable characters I have met in novellas, poems, short stories and novels. Like real people, the character in literature humble me and make me stronger.aalbc.com/authors/qbwells