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Priri's writing is crisp and full of colloquialisms of the times as well as the setting. Very matter-of-factly Piri describes to us what he and his gang would get up to in their youth. I have to admit, I was taken aback by his recounting of one story involving gay men. Strikes me that any story like that would be taken closed mouth to the grave. If a young man, or any man, is willing to share that story then honesty is not in question.
In summary, this is a great story of one man's upbringing that is worlds apart from most people. Very tough life in a tough world where you just had to be strong at all times. Weakness wasn't tolerated. Piri is engaging and entertaining as he takes us on his journey. It's a story of a boy's evolution into manhood and finding his way.
Piri Thomas creates the perfect picture of this kind of society for readers through this book. He tries to teach people about the Harlem community using his life alone to prove that no race was better than the rest. Although this book should not be recommended for people of all ages, it teaches its readers well-known morals in a different way. It opens people's minds to show them that the concept of being prejudice is shown in all races. Piri Thomas shows his view of the world by telling readers his life story, including everything from drug addictions to living on the mean streets of Harlem. Down These Mean Streets can be life-changing if it is appreciated in the right way.
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