The Life and Times of E. R. Braithwaite

Honorary White, Reluctant Neighbors, and A Kind of Homecoming
Author(s): E.R. Braithwaite
Original Publish Date: Jul 03, 2018
Product Number: EB00729043
Released: Jul 03, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504054676
Publisher: Open Road Media
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Three compelling memoirs from the author of the "moving and inspiring" international bestseller, To Sir, With Love (The New York Times). E. R. Braithwaite wrote powerfully and poignantly about racial discrimination—both in his most famous novel, based on his own experience teaching in London's East End, To Sir, With Love, which was made into a 1967 film starring Sidney Poitier—and in his candid nonfiction memoirs, three of which are collected here. Honorary White: In 1973, after the South African government lifted a long-standing ban on To Sir, With Love, Braithwaite was granted the official status of "Honorary White" for the length of his six-week visit. As such, he was afforded some of the freedoms that South Africa's black population was denied, yet was nonetheless still considered inferior by the white establishment. In this "vivid" memoir, Braithwaite honestly presents his struggle with what he witnesses in South Africa under apartheid (The New York Times). Reluctant Neighbors: Sparked by the experience of sharing a train commute with a bigoted white neighbor, Braithwaite recounts a personal history of remarkable accomplishments in the face of racial intolerance and oppression, offering an unforgettable story of one man's continuous struggle against injustice and his unwavering dedication to the pursuit of human dignity. A Kind of Homecoming: In the early 1960s, the British Guianese author embarked on a pilgrimage to the West African countries of Ghana, Guinea, and Liberia, and across Sierra Leone just as the emerging nation was preparing to declare its independence. Braithwaite discovered a world vastly different from the staid, firmly established British society in which he had spent most of his life. The sights, sounds, and smells of West Africa vividly reawakened lost memories from his childhood. Entering the intimate circles of the local intelligentsia, he was able to view these newly evolving African societies from the inside, struck by their mixtures of passion and naIvete, their political obsessions and technological indifference. He discovered a world that fascinated, excited, and, in some cases, deeply troubled him—and in the process he discovered himself.

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