It is exhaustively researched, and his access to the subjects just astounds me. Painful, depressing, and mostly hopeless. There is no preaching, no lecturing, no opinion sharing, just the story and anything the reader takes from it. My heart broke for the boys and their family as they struggled to cope with extreme poverty and the violence of their community. This is the richest nation in the world. Then the story he records just astounds.
The neighborhood in which they live is filled with poverty and crime. For those wondering what happened to Pharoah and Lafayette, here's a quote from the author, taken from a : In 1991, the same year the book was published, Henry Horner residents embarked on a legal battle that led to a federal consent decree to have the site redeveloped. Both men have since been in and out of prison. I commiserated quite strongly with this chapter. I became so attached to Lafeyette and Pharoah that, after I finished reading, I jumped online to try and find out where they are today.
Everyday there was a shooting right in front of their house. This book is a must-read for everyone. But, as I pointed out, the circumstances of these people are so foreign to me that it was and proves to be, a very good education on the projects of Chicago. I'm now convinced that it is nearly impossible for people to rise out of their circumstances. I read the book Evicted last year, and, while that book focused much less on gangs and violence, the descriptions of poverty are strikingly similar. One scene had one of the young boys and a relative hearing gun shots on their way to the playground, and they knew to get to the ground and cover their heads until it stopped. The MonkeyNotes Download Store has no relation other than as an affiliate selling products through Amazon.
On the other hand, I also came away from the book with the realization that the people described should not be understood based on their circumstances. So often non-fiction writers insert themselves in to their writing in a way that interferes with the story being told. I would describe this shocking and moving glimpse into the lives of Lafayette and Pharoah Rivers as disturbing, in a good way. A story of two young brothers growing up in an infamous project in Chicago known as Horner Homes. The gangs that are rampant in the housing projects of Chicago cause this tension.
Nevertheless, he does occasionally defend his children and, through his presence, constitutes a rare example of fatherhood in the neighborhood, as many children at Horner are forced to grow up without a father. He accuses Paul of being a drug addict and a failure. Pharoah, the youngest brother, puts effort to getting good grades and stays out of trouble. Interesting story that takes place in a bad neighborhood. The biggest idea I take from this story is, as a teacher, school can offer some order, structure, some This book ended abruptly for me. I'm grateful for what this story has made me think about. That is one sign of an exceptional book.
Those two little boys who are now grown men who are older than I am are going to haunt me - I haven't stopped thinking about them since I finished the book. The story begins in the summer of 1987. We didn't go on vacations. I didn't want this book to end. He and Rickey are caught shoplifting but the manager decides not to press charges.
I read this book over the Christmas holiday. And if I was born in their situation, how do I know I would turn out any differently? I also had a run-in with the law when I was his age and I recall, at 15, being amazed at how spectacularly ineffective and counter-productive the juvenile court system was. I don't know if it was because I have not worked with children this poor in the past, although I have worked with some very low income families, but I have not been around the world of drugs and guns as I am from the countryside and not a big city girl, although I have lived in some massive cities around the world. I was arraigned in a packed, public court room - juvenile proceedings are supposed to be private. The public defender can only spend a few minutes with the accused boys but is sure she can get most of them off as there are no witnesses to the actual crime and questionable police accounts. The stress of a violent summer also affects Pharoah.
Our exclusive literature summaries MonkeyNotes and Barron's Booknotes will provide you with a concise, yet detailed summary of the title you are studying and offer you additional insight into your comprehension of the novel or play including detailed Chapter Summaries and Notes, Setting, Themes, Point of View, Major and Minor Characters, Plot summary, Conflict, Symbolism, Mood, Study Questions, Overall Synopsis, and Background Information. LaJoe tries hard to make sure the boys are surrounded with positive influences so that they will grow up secure. Kotlowitz follows the lives of two young boys growing up in the projects of the near West Side of Chicago. The biggest idea I take from this story is, as a teacher, school can offer some order, structure, some connection between cause and effect for kids who don't have it in their homes and families. They live in… 633 Words 3 Pages Effect of Environment in There Are No Children Here In There are No Children Here, by Alex Kotlowitz, the way of life in Chicago's Henry Horner projects has a profound effect on all the residents who live there. Though LaJoe does what she can to keep her children safe and off the streets, the boys are daily subjected to violence, murder, gang warfare, and the damaging effects that drugs can have on a communi This nonfiction account follows the lives of Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, two brothers growing up in Chicago in the late 1980s.