OUT OF THE BURNING by Ira Henry Freeman

OUT OF THE BURNING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

There has been material in many forms--novel, movie, theater--dealing with the plight of the Negro juvenile delinquent in New York City. Here, retold by Ira Henry Freeman, is the story of Carl Joyeaux and his hazardous ascent from Brooklyn tenements to a world of professional status as a technician and domestic stability. Carl, the child of a well-meaning but ill-equipped West Indian family, follows the usual path of delinquency--premature sex, liquor, dope, gang wars-- and it is his parents' sincere desire to help, as well as the wise jurisdiction of youth authorities, that ultimately gears his extreme intelligence into a more socially acceptable direction. For those who have an unlimited appetite for case histories, this story of Carl is recommended:- he is a lively, interesting person. But for those readers who have already reviewed the predicament of the slum victim from the various points of view from which it is currently exposed, Out of the Burning seems no more than an encouraging and understanding bit of sociological redunance.

Pub Date: June 14th, 1960
Publisher: Crown