Sapphire's The Kid Tags the Heart
While I am certain the movie version contained generous adaptations of the original print, the gist of Precious Jones maintained. This I know because of the references to her in Sapphire's follow-up The Kid.
We are introduced to Precious' son Abdul Jamal Louis Jones as he comes of age. We readers quickly become attached to him. In my reader's mind he became a son to me. Sapphire manages to grab us early on, giving each character depth. With each chapter, Abdul became someone I wanted to hug and rock to sleep because of all his world made him endure. Abdul turned into someone I simply wanted to love but I knew that in the attempt, he could very well devour me because his issues were endless.
I also knew that in hugging Abdul I might become victim to highly inappropriate behavior.
Have you ever wondered what went through a rapist's mind when doing something unmentionable OR listening in the mind of someone mentally challenged?
Sapphire, again uncovers unbelievables, unimaginables, unlikeables and unloveables in her latest work.
We are disgusted, repulsed and destroyed on just about every page.
Everything is disturbing and leaves us distraught.
"How someone so wretched even breathes air" was on my lips at least ten times regarding at least 10 characters!
The Kid does not disappoint. This is another revolting book that you can not put down. The human spirit's determination to get something out of horror and malady rings loudly.
Sapphire leaves you breathless, itching and wanting to vacuum her head out. Yet, in reading we are certain there is genius there. This work is crafted so well, you believe this is a human experience worth witnessing even though it is wrought with agony, no redemption, no pot or rainbow -- and definitely no gold.