Same Kind of Different As Me

Same Kind of Different As Me

by Ron Hall and Denver Moore

Overview: A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana. . . and an East Texas honky-tonk . . .and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda . . . an upscale New York gallery . . . a downtown dumpster. . . a Texas ranch. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.

Elaine Marlin (03/27/17): This is a true story. It encompasses two stories: one of a homeless man, and the other a successful art dealer. It is told, one or two chapters at a time, switching from one to the other man, starting with each one's childhood, including their very different , but very simple economic environments. Ron is a white man, and Denver is a black man. They have absolutely nothing in common, and of course have never met. Denver was a sharecropper in Louisiana and had very hard times his entire childhood and young adulthood. Ron was raised in Texas.

Ron writes about his sweetheart, and his marriage. His wife is very religious and a person who wants to do good for the community in which they live. She convinces Ron to help serve food once a week at a homeless shelter. She tells him that she has had a dream that they will meet a man, and that that man will become Ron's very good friend. Of course, eventually, and seemingly unrealistically, this comes to pass.

The story of their friendship, and the simplicity of Denver, is well told. I found this book to be very interesting and meaningful.
Rating: *****

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