Saturday, June 19, 2021

The Prophets

 The Prophets 

Author: Robert Jones, Jr.

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Year: 2021

I don’t think I’m a deep enough thinker to really appreciate this book. 

The Prophets tells the story of Isaiah and Samuel, two gay enslaved young men on a plantation in the Deep South. Their love for each other is a refuge from the horrors of slavery and a hope for freedom and peace. But when a fellow slave begins a whisper campaign against Isaiah and Samual to gain the master’s favor, their world falls apart. 

I loved Isaiah and Samuel and how they could find love amidst the hatred and violence in their lives. I just wanted them to escape the brutality and find a place where they could be free. 

Where this book missed the mark for me was the writing was just too abstract for me. There were so many biblical references and figurative language that it made my head spin. I felt like a high school kid trying  to interpret the book’s symbolism in order to write a five paragraph essay about it. 

Hope you’re having a great weekend! What’s everyone reading this weekend? 

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