Official Review: Perspective Is Reality by Orlando Morel

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Official Review: Perspective Is Reality by Orlando Morel

Post by Rosemary Wright » 06 Apr 2019, 05:05

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Perspective Is Reality" by Orlando Morel.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Perspective Is Reality, by Orlando Morel, gives an account of the author's life journey as a Haitian immigrant in America. At the age of six, Orlando and his mother boarded a small overcrowded boat bound for Florida, fleeing from the harsh political and economic conditions in Haiti. Afterwards, the boat was intercepted by the United States Coast Guard, and instead of being sent back to Haiti, Orlando's mother was separated from her son and taken to a hospital in Maryland, due to her health condition. Later on, Louise, her translator and a medical technologist who immigrated from Haiti many years ago, tracked down Orlando, and a few weeks later, he and his mother were reunited.

After a short while, Orlando's mother passed away, and Louise adopted him. She took good care of him; put him through school, instilled discipline in him, and ensured he made the right choices. Eventually, in spite of racism, identity crisis, and other life challenges, Orlando became an officer in the United States military and got engaged to his girlfriend in the White House. Actually, this publication reveals life in America from the author's point of view. According to him, some of the people he wrote the book for are "Black Americans who are or were called white and not deemed black enough throughout their lives." He encourages them, telling them not to mistake culture for race or let their skin color define them.

Perspective Is Reality is engaging and inspiring. It's fascinating and easy to read. I like the author's straightforward writing style. The narration is smooth and gripping. Being a short read, under 200 pages, I finished reading it in one day, and it was enjoyable and worth my while. From Orlando's life journey, I could see that anyone can become successful in life if they stay focused on their goals, no matter where they were born and the challenges that come to them. Included in the book are some photos which make the story more relatable.

This nonfictional book shows the tough life in Haiti before and after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Also, it reveals Orlando's experiences as a Coast Guard. After telling his story, he examines racism and white privilege in America, stating that "black people do not hate white people. What black people hate is racism, white privilege, and the unjust system." Again, he tells that the book is for every race, especially blacks, to enable them to change the way they live. He advises them to respect others.

Overall, I rate Perspective Is Reality 4 out of 4 stars. I didn't rate it lower because it is intriguing. It contains some valuable life lessons, and it was well edited; I noticed only a couple of grammatical errors. I don't think there is anyone who wouldn't enjoy reading the book, except readers who don't like reading non-fiction books for personal reasons.

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Post by Lungz_ » 08 Apr 2019, 12:02

Sounds amazing. Thank you for the review.

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Post by Lungz_ » 08 Apr 2019, 12:03

I am adding this one on to my bookshelf. I would definitely love to read it.

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Post by Juliana_Isabella » 08 Apr 2019, 15:47

This sounds like a fascinating story. I'd love to learn more about the woman who adopted him after his mom passed.

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Post by bigscarythingy » 08 Apr 2019, 22:20

I like that the book comes from the perspective of a Haitian immigrant; this is a country oft overlooked by these kinds of accounts. I like the title as well: 'perspective is reality' has been a personal catch-cry for years. Great review.
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Post by ElizaBeth Adams » 09 Apr 2019, 07:16

I would love to read Orlando's story. It sounds like he went through loads of adversity and came out of it better, not bitter. I am appreciative of his willingness to share and encourage others. Thanks for your excellent review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 09 Apr 2019, 07:28

That would be tough to be sure. I'm sure the environment in Haiti is much different than here. So you've got culture shock, but then your mom dies shortly after coming here? Wow! I'm glad the author went on to do something with his life. Sounds quite intriguing. Thanks so much.
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Post by kdstrack » 09 Apr 2019, 19:24

Fleeing a country and adopting yourself to a new culture is life-changing. I wonder if he has ever thought about going back and searching for family. I enjoyed your fascinating review. Thanks.

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Post by Janelle Juncos » 09 Apr 2019, 22:14

I think the perspective of immigrants is something America greatly needs at this moment in time and I'm glad that this author's story ended well so that he had the opportunity to tell it. I was sick at the thought of him being separated from his mother and I'm glad that they were reunited, even if it was just for a short time. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Prisallen » 10 Apr 2019, 07:23

This is an inspiring story showing that if you persevere you can succeed. Thank you for a good review!

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Post by Chrystal Oaks » 14 Apr 2019, 22:57

It's hard to imagine and upsetting that Morel was separated from his mother at the tender age of six years old. Thank goodness Louise was able to find him and reunite him with his mom. Even more admirable, Louise was able to adopt Morel after his mom passed. I'm looking forward to reading his personal story. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by daviddawud » 18 Apr 2019, 14:07

This seems to be an interesting story about the struggle for survival between a mother and her son. I would specifically love to know more details about the adversities that Orlando went through and how he was able to come out of it stronger. Great review.

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