In the Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley is a personal narrative about the happenings in Malcolm’s life. Starting out poor, working his way through multiple jobs including shoe shining and train riding, Malcolm X made impacts that are still affecting the world today. Opposite of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm believed in violence to stop racism. Malcolm converted to Islam in his life, and ended up being killed by someone from the Islamic group that he was a part of because his civil rights movement was big and they didn’t want that negative attention.
This book was good because it was interesting and I’m really intrigued by the civil rights movement, but it took a while to get into. His story started out with not many big events that capture the reader’s attention, and I usually like books that start out fast. Otherwise, learning about Malcolm X and the way he made it through his rough life is interesting and inspiring.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X covers the events in the life of the civil rights activist Malcolm X. The book is a personal narrative, retelling the author’s life the way he experienced it with his own thoughts and speculations to accompany the story. The book begins with the childhood of Malcolm X and ends with his death in the epilogue, but what makes his narrative interesting is the path that he took to become the influential person he was. Malcolm X’s criminal past and eventual salvation through Islam seem almost fictional, but these are the times that eventually shape Malcolm X into a leader of a huge movement.
For a nonfiction book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X is very accessible because of the voice and diction used within it. Malcolm X’s accounts take the reader back to that time period and provide an insight into his life. This is a very personal book, with little held back by the author. The Autobiography of Malcolm X is an easy book to read: you will want to keep reading it because of the story as well as how as it is told.