The Hole: Book One
by Willie Gibbs and Dameon Gibbs
When I first started reading this book, I didn’t like it. It was set in Baltimore and it talked about life in the streets. About having sex and getting into gang fights. Something that I, as a Singaporean was not used to. I couldn’t level with the author because I didn’t understand his lifestyle. That said, I kept reading because there was just something about it that kept me interested.
So the story follows Will as he lives his life, gets into trouble with his brothers and chases girls. Around the middle of the book, something incredible happens. The author’s older brother Will gets shot and he goes into a coma for 7 months.
Following that, he becomes paralysed from the waist down and he doesn’t walk for 2 years. Then one night, after praying passionately, The Lord gave him the ability to walk again. After parading his new ability around to his family, he broke the very promise that he made to get God to give him back the ability to walk. So, God took the ability away again. The author quoted the bible here saying, ‘The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.’. I have always read stories about the Lord giving. In majority of the things I’ve heard, The Lord is always giving. Very rarely do you come across a story that shows you that the Lord also takes away. Eventually the Lord granted him the ability to walk again though and that experience changed Will’s life drastically.
I have never read a book that was so raw and honest as this one was. I could feel that the author was stripping bare in this book and just letting his memories consume him which is something you rarely find in novels and autobiographies nowadays.
This is certainly a must-read because of it’s honesty. What I liked about the book was also because the author wasn’t trying to cover anything up. He portrayed Baltimore and life there the way it was. There want stereotypes that you find in the movies. There was just him and his life.
FOR AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, VISIT MY BLOG HERE: http://twentythreeowls.blogspot.sg/2014/11/the-hole-by-dameon-gibbs.html?m=1