stephen matlock


Married, two kids, writing now about what I'm thinking and feeling. What else can I do?

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  • Beyond Southern Africa, A Story of the Fight for Freedom on Feb. 02, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed this overview of the struggle for freedom in Africa and in the U.S. and how the author tied the two together. There were moments where the writing was wonderfully active, such as the opening scene and the electrical towers or the scenes of struggles at "Darrone" college and the surrounding community. And I especially enjoyed the character of "Marcos," a man between two worlds who tied the various events together. I had a hazy understanding of the events in Southern Africa during the 60s and 70s; this book helped to bring these events to light. This is a good book to explain the growing awareness of nationalism (I can't actually think of the right word, but it's the sense of knowing who you are and your place in your family and your own people) in Africa, and to also give greater understanding of African-Americans to gain their rightful access in America. The writing shows great skill and mastery of plotting and exposition. A good, solid book.