Daddy Grace: A Celebrity Preacher and His House of Prayer. By Marie W. Dallam. (New York: New York University Press, 2007. viii, 263 pp. $35.00, ISBN 978-0-8147-2010-3.)
The book Daddy Grace: Celebrity Preacher and His House of Prayer was a very interesting book full of facts and stories. The author Marie W. Dallam wrote the book with great emphasis on certain parts of the story that she wanted to tell. She began her book out by describing the history of the island that “Daddy Grace” was a native to. She gives the reader an idea of the background he comes from. Daddy Grace was raised as a colonized catholic white Portuguese man living on the island Brava. Brava is a part of the Cape Verde islands, a place that many people have mixed reviews about. One writer, Archibald Lyall described the island as “a high hunched mass of land with an almost perpetual mist draped like a white woolen shawl…”(pg. 25). Another writer, Augusto Casimiro described the book as “parched land, skeletons of lavas, bronzed, burnt, like remnants from a fire (pg. 25).” It is very captivating to read about the origin of the island.
The book Daddy Grace: Celebrity Preacher and His House of Prayer analyzed many things like the practices of the church but one of the things that caught my attention was the part in the beginning of the book about the racial issues and reputations among the people that were habitants on the island of Brava. The book tells that the people of the Brava Island were “known to believe that they were better than everyone else among the islands in the Cape Verdeans, stereotyped as “mild mannered and pious” (pg. 26). The island of Brava had a smaller population and the people of the island were “generally lighter of color, more likely to have light eyes and straight hair” (pg. 27). This is one of the things that in America today people are struggling with. The book does analyze the idea of race and class labels in the city where Daddy Grace was raised. The class...
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