Showing posts with label Color of Night by Madison Smartt Bell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Color of Night by Madison Smartt Bell. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Starship - Book review #2:
"The Color Of Night", by Madison Smartt Bell
Alright, now this book I can almost confidently characterize as literature!
The Color of Night, I believe, might be a very interesting and enjoyable read for many of the Manson Case blog followers out there...especially those who can't see ever granting parole to any of the murderesses because they believe that they are evil through and through...

Because Mae, who narrates the story, is indeed least she does lots of evil things...even years removed from being a member of The People which is the thinly disguised fictionalized version of the Manson Family. Imagine that Sadie escaped from the authorities during the Spahn Ranch raid and remained at large up until at least 2001, a couple of months after the 9/11 attacks happened. That's your protagonist, a black jack dealer working in a Nevada casino, living in a trailer park out in the desert, hunting coyotes (or not) until the early morning hours.

Mae discovers that Laurel, her special lover from the old days, is in NYC, seeing her in the footage of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Mae can't get enough of the violence of 9/11. She makes a loop tape and watches it over and over again...reveling in the deaths of so many as they are sprung out of the buildings as a result of the planes slamming into them.

The Author
And perhaps Mae can't help being so evil...after all it was her brother who repeatedly raped her when they were both young teenagers, and their parents, her mother especially, aren't exactly the greatest influences either. Sound familiar?

So If you choose to read this book, and I hope you will, perhaps it might enlighten a discussion or two about what we think about the survivors of the Manson Family...what they must be like today, and also whether we feel differently about those women who have been in prison for 40 years or so now.

And the LA Times has a much better review than I could ever do here:
Thanks Starship!!  Great Review!!