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Eyes Like Mine is a story of the universal bigotry that permeated life, primarily the United States and Germany in this story, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Lauren Cecile brings the history to us on a personal level with the lives of her two main characters.
Justinia is the daughter of a wealthy black, born around the end of the first world war. She and her family are part of the 'black elite' and much of the first third of the book dedicated itself to touching upon famous events and people. As part of this history, Ms. Ciclle makes clear the rampant bigotry between rich and poor blacks. Personally, I was surprised at how pleasant were the lives of her community. In fact, had it not been for the constant reminder that the people were black, one could believe they were white. I am glad, in a way, that not all blacks were poor and tormented and lynched.
Julius was from a rich Jewish family in Germany. He left Germany, just before Hitler was made Chancellor, to study law in the USA. things changed in Germany during the three years he was in the United States. We do not learn much about his family until he returns in 1936 at which time he finds Germany a very different place than the one he left. Jews are being suppressed, although not to the extent they would be in the next few years.
Added to all the rest of the intolerance and bigotry in the book, Julius and Justinia fall in love adding not only racial, religious burdens, but inter-racial issues as well. All in all, Lauren Cecile does an excellent job of portraying a world in which, it seems, no one should be happy. However, they are, for a while.
The book includes a Book Club Guide in which she poses the question: "Do you think a Jim Crow or Nazi society could take root again?" This is a powerful question in our current day. I hope the answer is no, but I fear it is yes.
I would have loved to read more about Julius and Justinia actually falling in love and their time together and apart in Germany.
Again...the concept was great, but the story telling just kinda missed the mark for me.
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