In some ways, "Manchild in the Promised Land" is about a rambunctious boy and his group of friends coming of age in the 1940s-1950s. In a different place and if Claude were a different race, this could have been an innocent and heart-warming story. But, on the gritty streets of Harlem, Claude's life is rife with violence, crime, and despair from a young age.
In this review, I contrast the book's pros and cons with those of "Soul on Ice".
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