ALL SOULS A FAMILY STORY FROM SOUTHIE PDF

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Michael Patrick MacDonald helped launch Boston’s successful gun-buyback programme. He still lives in ‘Southie’.

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A searing coming-of-age memoir set in an unfamiliar world: Michael MacDonald brings us a poor and intensely insular neighbourhood which its residents agree is the “best place in the world”.

Through his eyes we meet Michael’s mini-skirted, accordion-playing mother who, by herself, cares for her ten children through a combination of high spirits and scam. Too soon “Southie” becomes a place controlled by a resident gangster, later revealed to be an informant for the FBI.

It is a world primed for the escalation of class violence, and then, with sickening inevitability, of the racial violence that swirls around Boston’s forced bussing in the s. The violence spills into the MacDonald family, so that within a few years four of Michael’s siblings lose their lives to drugs and organized crime. All but destroyed by grief and the Southie code that doesn’t allow him to feel it, MacDonald gets out.

His work as an anti-violence activist is the powerfully redemptive close to his story. Read more Read less. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. The book is interesting for its image of Southie as seen through the eyes of a child growing up there. The story starts out in the early s, roughly I lived in greater Boston at this time.

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I moved there for work, excited to move to a college town, in the state that voted for George McGovern.

Unfortunately, Boston was not just a college town. I had the wrong accent, and in business there were many Bostonians who treated me as an outsider, not to be trusted. That same distrust of outsiders pervades Southie. The events of the day were very disturbing. Having campaigned for Tom Bradley first black mayor of Los Angeles a few years earlier, I was horrified by events in Boston.

I had two colleagues at work, Joe and Michael, both from Southie, who had advised me not to go there without one of them to escort me.

Hearing of the racial conflict in Southie, I envisioned working class whites against black kids, when zouthie fact it was poor whites, many on welfare, resisting integration with black kids of similar or better economic status.

Welfare mothers, having more babies by different fathers; unemployed alcoholic men hanging out on the street with a paper bag; dropouts; shoplifting and theft and soufhie. That was a stereotype I had heard used to describe life in the ghetto. That same stereotype turns out to describe perfectly the white population of the housing projects in Southie, as described by the author. Early on, I read the smattering of negative reviews.

But, as the sourhie progressed I found myself losing interest. First, I was having trouble keeping track of all the characters, many of soulw are siblings, but many are not. I should have started a list when I began reading the book.

All Souls: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald

Boston has changed and so has Southiebut the time I lived there is chronicled in this book. It was a year that persuaded me that I fit better in Los Angeles. I would grab a tablet to write down the names of all the characters as they appear, open Google Maps to South Boston, at the intersection of 8th Street and Dorchester Street not Dorchester Avenueand the traffic circle where Old Colony meets Columbia and Preble.

Read the book for as long as it holds your interest. If you can get through the litany of death and disaster in the middle, the story gains an adult perspective and once again commands attention. The true story of growing up in South Boston during the infamous busing riots of the ‘s.

But this story is really much more than the busing riots. Yes, there is racism. But this story is really about the culture of corruption that not only kept neighborhoods in grinding poverty but also contributed to the massive amounts of drugs and gun violence.

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A culture of corruption that kept people in those circumstances. For those of us who came from tough beginnings, this story will resonate. For those of us al, came from easier beginnings, the story may well be an eye opener. What struck me most in this book is the stories of distrust of the police.

This was not the case in South Boston. The author doesn’t just throw accusations around. He backs up claims of corruption with ensuing arrests and with facts.

Two striking things about this story are: How the corruption of elected officials encouraged racism and strife. Conquer and divide comes to mind. The overwhelming sadness of how many people died. And cases were not even investigated which encouraged “street justice”.

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I encourage people to read the kindle sample of this book. When I started reading the sample I wasn’t sure I would like it. I don’t normally read non-fiction. But the sample was so powerful that I had to read more. Ultimately, I ended up reading this book in just over a day I am a voracious reader. This deeply moving biographical novel succinctly captures the eternal and historical struggle of the integrated relationship between racism and classicism in America.

Although the South Boston Bulger gangster phenomenon serves as a Greek chorus to the times, this passionate family story itself totally overshadows that scourge and underscores the unending challenges, desperation, and heartache of living poor in America. Adjust the color lens and, historically, you witness how political “saviors” prey on the vulnerabilities of the innocent and uninformed All Souls takes place in the late 70’s when the issue of busing and desegregation dominated Boston as well as national headlines.

The reputation of the “hub of the educational universe”, as an overtly racist enclave, intensified greatly at that time and still lingers today. This worthwhile novel, itself, is actually timeless in its themes of family crisis, intervention, and survival.

All Souls is an excellent vehicle to use in high school and college classrooms to encourage discussions on the impact of racism and classicism in today’s America and the future implications of its continued course. Definitely a thumbs up selection! Get to Know Us. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item?

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