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Carter's 22 year fight for freedom By Rahil Dhul.,
This review is from: Hurricane: The Life of Rubin Carter, Fighter (Paperback)
Hurricane: Life of Rubin Carter, Fighter.
James S. Hirsch
In 1979, a 16 year old boy called Lezra, an African American moved over toToronto in Canada. He was invited by a group of Canadians who offered himfree education. He finally had the skills to read, so he bought anautobiography of a book called 'the sixteenth round'. As he reads the bookhe was struck by the story of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter.
June 1966, two men shot 4 people and killed3 in Lafayette Grill in Paterson, New Jersey. At the time Rubin'Hurricane' Carter was living large. He was already known for hisexcellence and gratifying fights in boxing and being contender for themiddleweight belt. He was only contender because of loosing against themiddleweight champion due to racism. Carter won it and the crowd knew it!A fan of Carter's called John Artis was let to drive with Carter, but twopolice men stopped them and told them to go to the police stationimmediately. They later found themselves charged with murder for alifetime sentence for being accused of the murders of the three people inLafayette Grill.
The 'Fighter' is aninspiring and tremendous book to read, of the 22 year fight to regain his(Carter's) freedom.
When I finished reading the book I wasspeechless. It is breathtaking to read if you don't now the end of it. Butthroughout the book James Hirsch has given a balanced view to the story,and hasn't taken Carter as the main object. He has described in good handsto show the change of Carter being known for his temperament, anger andrejecting to listen to anyone in the jail with authority, to a changedperson who had feelings for others, not just himself and a person whodefeated despair.
My best character isRubin Carter. I enjoyed the struggle to try and get out of jail. Thegrammar and punctuation gets you at the tip of your seat.
Lezra is a good character who unravels the mysterious evidence beingfound. His Canadian friends and he went out of their ways to freeCarter.
The story of the Hurricaneleads celebrity support from Muhammed Ali, Jesse Jackson and Bob Dylan,using Carter in a song called 'The Hurricane' to appeal against the crimeCarter never committed. The bittersweet story ends in a great andremarkable way. Please read this book it is a fast flowing book that iswonderfully crafted.