4 out of 4 stars
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Over time, the concept of Racial war remains a defining attribute of the free world. The discrepancy between whites and people of colour invariably takes centre stage when it moves toward politics in America. Mixed Blessings by J.M. Muse attends to a fundamental storyline and various other brief anecdotes marginally interlaced. Minister Kublan Khan has a dream of an America where Blacks live equal with Whites. He knew the struggle won't be easy, but he was also determined. Will Minister Khan fulfil his dream of a New America or will a criminal threat scare him?.
On the sidelines, J.M. Muse includes other minor characters that are confronting bigotry in alternative ways. Kimberly visits Juarez to appreciate her Mexican ancestry. Will she be recognized by that side of her family or should she simply reaffirm her identity as White, and Jewish?. Star is half black and half Japanese. She enters a Japanese beauty pageant with high hopes and confidence. Will she overcome racist judges and jealous contestants?. How will she meet up with the expectations of her family?. After a suspicious death of a black teenager while in police custody, Reverend Harper commenced social movements trying to garner empathy for unprivileged black youths. Will he achieve this great feat?
Mixed Blessings is about social uproar created by racism in America. These delicate issues are explored from the various storyline that sometimes crosses over into each other and advances at different speeds including a jump forward in time. The author did quite a great job in developing the scenes in this read. For instance, Cynthia, who played a host in her TV show (Talk of Town), hosted Reverend Harper and Dalton. I imagined myself present during these meetings as both men crushed themselves apart.
If I could take away something, it would be the author's inability to keep some stories in flow alternatively. I found that in trying to tell a story, the author left another story unattended. For instance, Kimberly travelled to visit her family in Mexico for a week, the author only recorded the events for the first night. I expected him to include the details of the week-long visit as it would help the reader understand the character of Kimberley more.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars for handling such a thorny topic with a creative plot and unique personalities. Heads up, this read contains sex scenes that may not be to everyone's admiration and quite unsuitable for younger folks. The sexual content was kept on the tiniest. Wasn't too vague, not excessively vivid either. Christians may probably be mortified on how the book interprets the religion. I caught a glimpse of one error and reckon the book to be excellently edited. I recommend this read to people who believe prejudice is unhealthy and to people who would love to know more about Racism in America.
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