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The opening of the book is fascinatingly surreal. For countless pages one wonder what masterful trick the devil/bulkahov will turn up next... there is such a sublime contrast of rip-roaring intrigue and adventure set against a very somber and contemplative love story. But in the end i felt as though the book fizzled out. Then again there is a way in which form may have been meant to emulate content (or subject in this case?). Aside from having extreme respect for M.B. for writing in repressive and often censored environment I know little about the specific images he meatn to conjure but they recall a few scoundrels and tragic heros alike...
As a high school teacher on the west side of Chicago, the beginning of this book was slow and painful to read (while Cedric's in high school). However, I found the book much more fascinating and insightful when it explored his experience at a summer college program and at Brown University. I also found Cedric's friendship with Bill Ayers' son Zayd to be particularly interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to others who are interested in issues of race, class and education. Suskind's journalistic integrity and insight is really incredible. It's amazing to think about the kind of work this book took over the course of 3 years.