Life Against All Odds

Non-Fiction - Genealogy
240 Pages
Reviewed on 03/10/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Alfred Cave begins his memoir by telling about his childhood. He is about 8-years-old when he lost his mother and 10-years-old when he lost his father. He lived with his grandmother, Minnie Minus. Life with Minnie Minus became unbearable. She beat him repeatedly and eventually sent him to a detention center. Alfred knew he had to escape. The next few years, he traveled from one town to another. Jacksonville, New York, and Miami were just a few of the towns his journeys took him to. He worked at a variety of jobs. Train, a messenger, shoe shine, and farm work were just a few of the jobs he held. Eventually, he joined the military and moved up through the ranks. After 24 years of military service, he retired and returned to civilian employment.

I realize Cave faced racism on a daily basis. However, I felt this book was about much more than racism. This book is about a man that kept going. Like all men, he is not without flaws.   He did not allow racism to keep him from living a full life. He is a man of great character.   
I was hooked from the Prologue. Alfred Cave writes in a conversational manner. I felt as though we were sitting across the table from each other as he shared his story with me