4 out of 4 stars
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The Making of a Con is a book written by Grace Larson. It is a biography of a man whose been in and out of prison. Edwin Grant "Pappy" Hamilton is a son and a grandson of known physicians. His life was not easy; he was raised in a toxic environment and for him, he thought it was normal. His father killed himself when he was still a baby, and his mother lied to him by telling him that his father had been murdered. He was one of the national guard, and he was first convicted when he and his friends pulled a prank to their Colonel. And after that he was then accused of stealing their Colonel's money. He served 3 years in Angola, and staying for that long made his life miserable. When he was released from Angola, he went home to his mom and met a girl named Dorothy. However, Grant started doing crimes and was convicted for the second time. Can Grant have another chance in life? Or will he be in jail for the rest of his life? And what about Dorothy, will their love last even if the other one is locked up?
Reading this book has been hard for me. The main character had been through a lot of catastrophic events in his life. He dealt with a lot of mental issues without him knowing it. The first time that he was convicted, aside from getting involved in a harmless prank, he didn't do anything wrong. He was 17 when he was sent to Angola, where prisoners are treated badly. It is heartbreaking how we judge ex-convicts even though we didn't know the story behind their conviction. The book made me realized a lot of things and taught me a few lessons about chances and judgements. It is a book that will wake you up and slap you with the reality.
The author did a great job in writing this one, I spotted some errors but it doesn't affect the story that much. The biography of Pappy is really interesting. I enjoyed reading it. It has depth in it and the issues that it tackled are seen in our society. The characters that had mental issues, didn't know that they got one. Like what I've mentioned earlier, Pappy was raised in a toxic environment, and with that he thought that his mom's actions and what he does is normal. It is alarming for the reason that a lot of people went through the same experience in their life. It is also awakening because, the book will be a representation for us on how we raised our child(ren) properly.
Honestly, from the beginning up until the end I was hooked with this biography. Edwin Hamilton is a man with beautiful soul, yet he was pushed and raised by toxic people. It is a heartfelt novel that will make you feel a lot of emotions, from sadness, frustration, disappointment, sympathy and a lot more. It is a well written book with unforgettable story and moral lessons that will carve in the heart of the readers. And because of that, I would gladly rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This book is the first biography that I've read, and it is incomparable to any books that I've read before.
I recommend this book to every one who loves to read stories about crime, and to those people who are curious about how inmates are treated inside a prison cell. If you are into well written biography then this book is for you as well. After you read this book, you will realized that criminals aren't born, they are developed by our society. And the real monsters who created them are still free and blends in with the normal citizens.
The Making Of A Con
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