The Forbidden Culture by Ugmo Thomas

The Forbidden Culture

by Ugmo Thomas
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Reviewed by: Nicole Simmons
March 2011


The Forbidded Culture by Ugmo Thomas is an interesting read. It begins in the mid 1960’s and begins the tale of Earl King. He gives a detailed account of his life starting in 1964 and describes what led to his drug addicted life of crime and eventual incarceration.

While incarcerated, he meets another inmate who offers him a deal he can’t refuse. He agrees to take a case for the man in return for money and room and board in a drug rehabilitation center. While at the center, the two establish a friendship that extends over the next 30 years.

He then takes you through a life full of scams and crime inevitably landing him right back in jail. While explaining to the feds what has taken place over the last three decades, he paints a vivid picture of scams, drug use lies, cons, and betrayal.

Mr. Thomas has done a fabulous job of painting a detailed picture of a life of crime. I thought this was an interesting read, especially for someone in the 30+ age group. The verbiage and lingo used throughout this book is definitely geared for a more mature audience. Although a younger person may understand what Mr. Thomas was writing based on contextual clues, you would have definitely needed to be alive in the late 60’s early 70’s to fully appreciate his writing.

What did you like about the book?
I liked the rawness and real life feel and detail Mr. Thomas brought to the book.

What did you dislike about the book?
I didn’t dislike anything about the book other than the cover. The cover was to plain and I think people who may actually enjoy the book will possibly overlook it based on the boring cover.

What could the author do to improve the book?
I would suggest Mr. Thomas get a graphic designer for his book-cover. Other than that, I think Mr. Thomas did a fantastic job.


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