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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Living in a Two-Faced Jungle" by Michael A Powell.]
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Living in a Two-Faced Jungle is a memoir written by Michael A Powell. It comprises a prologue, an introduction, and three books. This relatively short account spans a tumultuous life with honest reflections on hardships and addiction.

Michael learned at a young age that he had a different father than his siblings. This revelation was the first incident of life turning on him. His other early memory is finding pornographic material, beginning his awareness of the opposite sex. Michael loved daycare and kindergarten, but things changed for him when he went to elementary school. Due to him being in advanced classes, he was away from his neighbourhood friends and was the only black child in his class. One day, in history class, he read a book about the institution of slavery, which concluded that white people are superior to black people and that no wrongdoing took place. This book teaches racism and separation in the children and leaves Michael depressed and in despair. Here is where he felt life turned on him again.

Throughout the upcoming years, life continued to cause turmoil for Michael. In hindsight, the author can see why certain things happened, but he struggled for many years with addiction, causing poor decisions that led to negative consequences. The author shares his journey and his recovery with reflections from his past.

The author has created an honest account of his life. He makes interesting observations about hindsight and cleverly reflects on his life and how it shaped him. I found his introduction to racism powerful and heart-wrenching. I also found the description of how past incidents have shaped some of his negative qualities to be an eye-opening retrospection. The long expanse of addiction is engaging. I felt a lot of sympathy towards the destruction the addiction caused in his life, but I admired his strength to overcome these issues.

The writing style is unique. The author is articulate and writes well, but the book contains profanity and explicit sexual references. Some readers may find this distasteful. Female readers may not enjoy the terms used for female genitalia. Some of these descriptions may come across as sexist and may not be appreciated. Also, there are terms used for sexual acts that may offend sensitive readers. I found the mixture of intelligent writing with profanity and slang a little distracting from the serious material.

I particularly enjoyed some of the thought-provoking points raised by the author. The part where the children were introduced to racism at elementary school from a book was interesting. Before, the children played innocently without any notion of colour, and one book could change their minds forever. I also enjoyed the descriptions of using hindsight to increase foresight. We all learn from experience and can use these lessons going forward.

I found two spelling and grammar mistakes. Despite these errors, the book seems to be professionally edited. I enjoyed the life story. I admired the honesty about addiction and recovery. I think the profanity and sexual content undermine the writing in parts. I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars.

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The review for "Share Living in a Two-Faced Jungle" by Michael A Powell provides an honest account of the author's tumultuous life, highlighting his struggles with addiction and reflections on past experiences. The author's writing style is praised as articulate, but the explicit language and sexual references may be off-putting to some readers. However, the reviewer admires the author's honesty and journey of recovery. With a few spelling and grammar mistakes, the book seems to be professionally edited. Overall, it appears to be a good read, but the explicit content may not be appreciated by everyone.
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The author's honest reflections on racism and the impact of childhood experiences caught my attention. The exploration of hindsight to enhance foresight and the strength displayed during the journey of addiction recovery resonated with me. Although the profanity and explicit content may be a distraction, your review assures me that the compelling life story makes it worthwhile. Looking forward to reading this memoir!
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Michael A. Powell's memoir, "Living in a Two-Faced Jungle," captures a raw, unfiltered journey through life's darkest corners, highlighting the resilience needed to overcome addiction and racism. The blend of brutal honesty with thought-provoking insights on hindsight and foresight promises a compelling read. I'm excited to delve into this tale of struggle, survival, and eventual triumph, embracing its mix of harsh realities with the hope of learning and growing from someone else's profound experiences.
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