Sunday, 1 February 2015

Book Review - Deoccupy My Racism, by Isham Samuel Crozier

This is a very ambitious project, a didactic novel unpacking all of the issues around bilateral racism in an institutionally racist society. This kind of thing is not easy to do, and Crozier's effort is very creditable. I would have liked to see a little more story to form a setting for the content, but all in all a good job - a readable book with a likable protagonist. The content is laudable, and I was impressed at Crozier's calm and rational treatment of a very controversial subject.

The book is a little rough and would have benefitted from editing. Inappropriate punctuation was its main fault in this regard, but an editor might also have advised on pacing and presentation. I found the technique of putting all dialogue in italics without any speech tags at all wearing; it is unnecessarily demanding on the reader and, at times, confusing. There did not seem to be any particular reason for it, and replacing these passages with some more traditional treatment of dialogue would go a long way to make the book more readable.

Deoccupy My Racism can be downloaded free HERE, in a choice of azw3, epub or mobi format.

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