Book Review of the Unique and Emotional Novel, Same Kind of Different as Me

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Same Kind of Different as Me: a Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent is truly a magnificent story about the crossing and changing of two radically dissimilar people. The book is written in the form of two autobiographies that merge into one fantastic life story. The novel is based around the concept of compassion and what reaching out can do to a person’s life. Throughout the book, the readers’ eyes are opened to the cruelty of life for several people in the south and their eyes are also opened to the opinions and lifestyles of the homeless. Denver Moore grows up known as easygoing, innocent “Li’l Buddy,” however he would…show more content…
Hall goes to college and dates around, finally ending with a marriage to Deborah Hall. Ron chooses the prosperous career of an art dealer, believing that he is more beautiful than the Picasso’s he sells. Deborah is rather opposite in that she is completely selfless. She devotes herself to the gospel and she has visions that lead her to the Union Gospel Mission. Her prophecies conclude that they will meet a man who she sees in her dreams; a man that she believes will change the city. A few weeks later a man screams that he will kill whoever stole his shoes. Deborah is elated, for that was the man of whom she had dreamed. That man’s name is Denver Moore. Deborah suggested that Ron become friends with the apparently irate and homeless Denver. Ron is extremely leery of following these directions. Obligatorily, Ron tries to reach out to this man who seems to be adverse to him. However, things slowly progress and when Deborah struggles with her health, the two men’s relationship takes a shocking twist. Deborah’s troubled time brings the men to realize that they are actually not so different from each other. Moore wisely concludes, “But I found out everybody’s different— the same kind of different as me” (235). Due to Denver Moore, Same Kind of Different as Me marks a tremendous accomplishment for the literary world giving the homeless a clear voice. It would have been simple for Ron Hall to write the entire book by himself about what he went

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