Elizabeth Rivera Period 6 Date: 9-7-10 Author: Claude Brown Manchild In The Promised Land Most people remember childhood as a very fun and safe time of their lives, where the only scary things were monsters in the closet or not getting to watch TV for 75% of our day. Well Claude Brown or Sonny didn’t have the “fun” childhood most people have, he was forced to grow up earlier then most kids but because of his struggles he was able to enjoy his triumphs. This book is based on Claude browns childhood during the 1940’s and 1950’s. is childhood was very bizarre and highly stressful in my opinion. he doesn’t really know what he wants in life. There are a lot of bad influences around him and unfortunately he does get dragged into a lot of things where a young boy shouldn’t be. Sonny was someone that didn’t exactly know his place but he had a whole bunch of friends such as: Butch, Danny, Turk, and others, which got sonny into stealing, bunking school and he was no younger than 8 years old. Sonny got into many fights because according to adults if a boy could fight he was going to make it in the world.
When sonny was growing up he would always be in and out of different “juvenile detention centers”. They were like a second home to him, but he leaned a lot in those places. He meant a lot of friends and also was introduced to the importance of an education. he would always get beat by his father for stealing, bunking and being disrespectful. Sonny got into drugs and when he got to that age it was all he did along with beat boxing and thinking of girls and more. Sonny’s family life was very hectic; him and his father were not close.
His parents were both country folk so it was very hard for sonny to talk to them when he being a city boy had to hear talking about “lynching” and all that sorts. Sonny’s mother was very careful about her kids, she cared for them like any mother would but and it killed her o know her son was out smoking weed, bunking school and stealing. Sonny had 2 sisters and a brother, his sisters were named Carole and Margie and his brother was Pimp. Sonny and his sisters were close but as he grew up their relatioship suffered.
Pimp was sonnys younger brother so ofcourse he looked up to him but sonny was always introuble so he didn’t get to help pimp understand right from wrong, pimp learned it on his own, although he didn’t go into the right direction exactly. This book has a lot of “details” and a lot went on but most of all it was about sonny and how things alwas got bad, and he realized he needed to do better for himself. He got into school, and moved out of his neighborhood so the “suburbs” of town.
He had a lot of downs in his lifefrom friends passing away from drug abuse to him falling in love with a jewish girl and having his skin color be the reason she gets taken away, but he also learnes true love coquers all. claude brown is one of those people that although their luves may have had a lot of bitter things happen they aways manage to sweeten it up and make something out oif themselves. They use the bad to highlight the good. I find that very admirable.