Ordering my thoughts on Clarence Thomas’s masterful autobiography has taken me some time. One might expect a lawyer’s autobiography to be dull material, but Thomas’s life was a series of overcoming one struggle after another. This made for an almost thrilling read, and yours truly could barely put the book down. His writing style showed a clear and distinct voice, which made his struggles feel vivid. I can’t recommend the book enough.
The beginning of Thomas’s life consisted of one long fight against poverty. His mother felt unable to care for her two sons properly by a certain point after being abandoned by Thomas’s father. So, their care was given over to Thomas’s grandfather, who labored hard to eke out a living in the poor Savannah of the 50’s and 60’s. Thomas credits his grandfather for bestowing on him a great work ethic and for sending him to a Catholic school, where the nuns brought out Thomas’s academic potential. Indeed, his grandfather ardently hoped that Thomas might better himself by this means.