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characters Driving the King ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ A daring and brilliant novel that explores race and class in 1950s America witnessed through the experiences of Nat King Cole and his driver Nat WearyThe war is over the soldiers are returning and Nat King Cole is back in his hometown of Montgomery Alabama for a raAdation of Jim Crow AlabamaWeary discovers that while Los Angeles is far different from the Deep South it a place of discrimination mistrust and intolerance where a black man even one as talented and popular as Nat King Cole is not wholly welcomeAn indelible portrait of prejudice and promise friendship and loyalty Driving the King is a daring look at race and class in pre Civil Rights America played out in the lives of two remarkable men. I loved Ravi Howard's story of the driver of Nat Cole in the mid 1950s Nat Weary is a childhood friend of Nat King Cole's Nat Cole moves to California Nat Weary stays on in Montgomery AL Nat Cole plays a concert in his hometown and Weary plans to propose to his girlfriend during the concert All is going well until a man rushes the stage intent on killing Nat Cole Weary intercedes and spends 10 years in prison for allegedly starting a riot When he gets out he becomes Nat King Cole's chauffeur and body guard Meanwhile change has come to Montgomery by way of a bus boycott The civil rights issues faced by blacks during the Jim Crow era are front and center in this wonderful story The dialogue especially between Weary and his dad reminds me so much of how spare my own father 85 and white talks My dad grew up poor in the country and he speaks just as to the point and with as few words as Weary and his dad doIt's a great read Written in 1st person the dialogue is sparse and to the point Words aren't wasted but savored by the reader The descriptions are vivid enough to place the reader where Howard wants them to be Can't wait to see what he writes nextShe got herself a boyfriend she wants us to meet He's studying chemistry A senior She said that 3 or 4 times on the phone Senior Like it's supposed to mean something to me as long as I been grown Senior ain't nothing but a year Young man's distinction

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Ed Jim Crow Montgomery remains the same When a white man attacks Cole with a pipe Weary leaps from the audience to defend him an act that will lead to a ten year prison sentenceBut the singer will not forget his friend and the sacrifice he made Six months before Weary is released he receives a remarkable offer will he be Nat King Cole’s driver and bodyguard in LA It is the promise of a new life removed from the terror violence and degr. Having just finished Just Mercy A Story of Justice and Redemption I was caught up in the beginning of this book with Nat Weary the narrator telling what it was like to be black and on the inside of prisons in mid century American South He was convicted of nearly killing someone defending Nat King Cole who was attacked by a white man rushing the stage Weary becomes Cole’s driver after he is released from prison I have loved loved loved Nat King Cole’s voice since childhood His “Unforgettable” was one of the few albums in my family home Beyond that I admit to being oblivious to who he was where he came from and how challenging his career was Even though other reviewers point out the historical inaccuracies of some of the facts that play a large part of this book I still felt that I learned about Nat Cole and would now like to learn Unfortunately this book ended up being a rather flat read for meThe switching back and forth between the day of a return concert to Montgomery Alabama and Weary's life as a driver for Cole in Los Angeles didn’t work for me This large part of the book for me lacked compulsion Howard gives readers a realistic look of what black life was like under Jim Crow He proves a subtle knowingness of the peoples and the times through small details His writing is direct but the turn of phrase took a bit of getting used to perhaps because I'm not from that part of the country Ravi Howard shows much promise and I would like to read Like Trees Walking and am interested in what he comes up with next

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Driving the KingA daring and brilliant novel that explores race and class in 1950s America witnessed through the experiences of Nat King Cole and his driver Nat WearyThe war is over the soldiers are returning and Nat King Cole is back in his hometown of Montgomery Alabama for a rare performance His childhood friend Nat Weary plans to propose to his sweetheart and the singer will honor their moment with a special song While the world has changed segregat. This novel did an excellent job of putting the reader right in the middle of both entertainment and Civil Rights history Both Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King got small mentions but the real heroes of the story were the black people of Montgomery Alabama willing to do what it took to make the bus boycotts a success Mixing in the story of Nat King Cole's television show which he had to pay for himself because he couldn't get a national sponsor willing to back a black man and that of his driver who went to prison for 10 years for protecting Cole from an on stage attack at his first Montgomery concert this story puts you right into the action 1950's Los Angeles and the deep south were two very different places in America but prejudice is prejudice wherever it occursIt was just tiresome thinking about folks having to fight for the least little thing I loved my people for fighting but hated the reason why and that left me with that crosscut notion of pride and anger pulling in different directions two kinds of muscle fighting for the same piece of boneRavi Howard is uite a talent and this is a book worth reading