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X: A Novel von Ilyasah Shabazz
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X: A Novel (2015. Auflage)

von Ilyasah Shabazz (Autor)

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Winner of the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/TeensA 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor BookCowritten by Malcolm X's daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.Malcolm Little's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that's a pack of lies--after all, his father's been murdered, his mother's been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There's no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer. But Malcolm's efforts to leave the past behind lead him into increasingly dangerous territory. Deep down, he knows that the freedom he's found is only an illusion--and that he can't run forever.X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.… (mehr)
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Titel:X: A Novel
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Info:Candlewick (2015), 384 pages
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RGG: Fictionalized biography of Malcolm X's youth, adolescence, and young adulthood ending with his becoming Malcolm X (not Little) and joining the Nation of Islam. Detailed, but engaging. Malcolm X's crimes, drug usage, and poor decision making is not sugar coated, but the rationalization for why he made the mistakes he made and what caused him to change seems a bit sudden and naive. Still fascinating history. Reading Level: YA.
  rgruberexcel | Feb 14, 2021 |
"Teaming with veteran Magoon, the third daughter of Malcolm X draws upon history and family stories to create a novel about her father’s life before the “X.”

Malcolm Little grew up in Lansing, Michigan, during the Great Depression. Though times were hard, Malcolm felt that “when Papa was alive, I believed that I was special.” But Papa was murdered, his mother entered a mental institution, and the broken family was scattered among foster homes. The unusual but effective chronology of this completely absorbing novel finds Malcolm frequently looking back from 1945 Harlem to specific years in Lansing, trying to make sense of the segregation he faced, a teacher’s dismissal of him as “just a nigger” and his father’s legacy. Boston was meant to be a fresh start, but Malcolm soon became “a creature of the street,” and the authors’ evocation of the street hustler’s life is richly gritty indeed. Of course the street catches up to him, and ironically, it’s in prison where he begins to remake himself. He becomes a reader, corresponds with Elijah Muhammad and, on the final page, signs a letter to Elijah Muhammad as Malcolm X. The author’s note carries Malcolm’s story further and discusses the significance of his voice in American history.

Readers for whom pre–civil rights America is ancient history will find this poetic interpretation eye-opening and riveting. (notes about characters, timeline, family tree, historical context, bibliography)" A Kirkus starred review, www.kirkusreviews.com
  CDJLibrary | Jan 27, 2021 |
I haven't read Malcolm X's autobiography, so I don't know if these stories are new information or not, but he really wasn't a nice guy when he was young. But we can all change, and that's what his caught wants us to remember. ( )
  readingbeader | Oct 29, 2020 |
Although it is a work of fiction, this novel is based heavily on real events and people in Malcolm X's life during his adolescence, and helps readers gain a better understanding of how he came to be the man he was.

Malcolm X's formative years covered a very trying time in American History, spanning the Great Depression, WWII, and the very beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement. On top of these factors influencing his life, he also had to cope with the struggle of losing both parents, and being torn apart from his siblings in his youth. With so many things stacked against him, it is no wonder Malcolm rebelled so heavily against what was "right and proper," and the family values with which he was raised.

The authors do an excellent job of fleshing out Malcolm's adolescent emotions and reasoning, with flashbacks and internal monologue, while maintaining an exciting pace reminiscent of the busy city life Malcolm craves. However, the story loses much of that thought processing from the time Malcolm gets sentenced to prison, to the end of the story. One could speculate that it is symbolic of his mind becoming more quiet as he learns to control his impulses and develops into a new man. The gap that is left from that loss, however, results in the feeling of a rushed ending; where there is little context on how Malcolm developed his relationship with Elijah Muhammad, and came to follow Islam.

Substantial historical notes and recommended reading at the end of the novel provide further context.
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  H4ppyN3rd | Oct 6, 2020 |
Malcolm X ... this is tougher than any other book I have yet to review. Why should my thoughts on this book matter as a white man growing up with privilege? And yet I will press on with an attempt. As I am an educator and seeking to establish a library in a town outside of Cordoba Mexico, I have tackled the topic of racism from many angles. Malcolm X remains a venerable role model for strong, confident black men. His youthful struggle retold here by his daughter makes him even more so. His struggles parallel those of many people of color in apartheid America, then under the boot of Jim Crow and today under the toupee of 45.

Having read the Autobiography and seen the Spike Lee film, there wasn't much new for me to glean. What I did like was hearing how his siblings joined the Nation of Islam prior to his own conversion. Being separated from his family by choices, by distance, and by bars, perhaps this gave him a way to reconnect with them.

I want this book in my library. It is well written and, while not exactly new, offers another point of view, another voice about this important man. I think it is well that this community in Mexico know more than just the famous white people that fill American history. Young Mexican men face similar struggles including poverty and separation from family.

Biblioteca Inglesa de Fortin
(English Library of Fortin)
Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz, Mexico
https://librosfortin.libib.com ( )
  ProfeKeith | Dec 10, 2018 |
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Magoon, KeklaHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
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Winner of the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/TeensA 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor BookCowritten by Malcolm X's daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.Malcolm Little's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that's a pack of lies--after all, his father's been murdered, his mother's been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There's no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer. But Malcolm's efforts to leave the past behind lead him into increasingly dangerous territory. Deep down, he knows that the freedom he's found is only an illusion--and that he can't run forever.X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

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