Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a by Jonathan Kozol

By Jonathan Kozol

Amazing Grace is Jonathan Kozol’s vintage booklet on lifestyles and loss of life within the South Bronx—the poorest city local of the USA. He brings us into overcrowded colleges, dysfunctional hospitals, and rat-infested houses the place households were ravaged by means of melancholy and nervousness, drug-related violence, and the unfold of AIDS. yet he additionally introduces us to dedicated and unselfish lecturers, committed ministers, and—at the center and heart of the book—courageous and pleasant youngsters. the youngsters we come to fulfill in the course of the friendships they've got shaped with Jonathan defy the stereotypes of city formative years too usually provided by means of the media. smooth, beneficiant, and sometimes religiously religious, they communicate with eloquence and honesty in regards to the poverty and racial isolation that experience wounded yet no longer hardened them. Amidst all the depression, it's the very younger whose luminous potential for romance and transcendent experience of religion in human decency give good reason for wish.

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We read about gender inequalities, those who are illiterate, and villagers who have to travel an hour for health care or to get clean water—on foot. We know about mothers who experience their children dying young from diarrhea, who die in childbirth, and who age prematurely. We are frequently reminded of the vast numbers who have tuberculosis, malaria, or HIV/AIDS. And we hear about those whose farmland is producing less each year, whose livestock are not healthy, and whose water is contaminated.

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