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42 review for The Magnolia Jungle: The Life, Times, and Education of a Southern Editor

  1. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This under-appreciated voice of satirical reason called out from a true jungle of racism at great financial and psychological cost - he deserves to be better remembered. He was brave, humble, and actually really funny. I laughed at some of his skewering of people I had never even heard of before. He wasn’t some grand knight of civil rights, but he had the sense to know that racism is foolish, that class divisions are being hidden in race divisions, and that “if they can do it to them, they can d This under-appreciated voice of satirical reason called out from a true jungle of racism at great financial and psychological cost - he deserves to be better remembered. He was brave, humble, and actually really funny. I laughed at some of his skewering of people I had never even heard of before. He wasn’t some grand knight of civil rights, but he had the sense to know that racism is foolish, that class divisions are being hidden in race divisions, and that “if they can do it to them, they can do it to me.” His most important value was to be fair, and he hilariously and fervently called out that which was not fair in Mississippi. This narrative of his life is a little flighty - he’s a better satirist than novelist. But this book was fun and fascinating anyway.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Williams

    Wow P.D East had courage beyond his time. As I read his editorials I laughed at some and was sad at others. This white man in the Heart of Dixie took a stand that left him friendless, broke, and physically ill. He tried to articulate why he could not STOP. He did not want to be the pariah, but the he saw the absurdity in the racist actions of his fellow Mississipians. He was astounded that one people went through incredible lengths to suppress one group of people based on their skin. During, this Wow P.D East had courage beyond his time. As I read his editorials I laughed at some and was sad at others. This white man in the Heart of Dixie took a stand that left him friendless, broke, and physically ill. He tried to articulate why he could not STOP. He did not want to be the pariah, but the he saw the absurdity in the racist actions of his fellow Mississipians. He was astounded that one people went through incredible lengths to suppress one group of people based on their skin. During, this time it would be valuable to read Mr. East book and pray that we as a nation can learn from history and not repeat history.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cari

    The story was interesting, but the version I read was hard to read bc of the typesetting. East grew up poor and white 1940s in MS. Despite that he had the view that all men really were created equal. He bought a paper and editorialized himself out of a following in his hometown, but into a larger audience nationally. He sacrificed financially and socially to stand up for the weaker, darker brother using satire as his maid weapon.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Branson

    I enjoyed this book very much! To me, the satire in which he used to address racism is similar to Stephen Colbert style of addressing some of the absurd beliefs we still face today.

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