Book Review

THE SUN DOES SHINE by Anthony Ray Hinton

Rating: 5 / 5

THE SUN DOES SHINE by Anthony Ray Hinton is the author’s nonfiction account of how he was arrested in 1985 in Alabama, charged with two counts of capital murder for a crime he did not commit. He had faith in the justice system that all would be made right, but the justice system failed him. Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly 27 hears behind bars after he was sentenced to death by electrocution.

This has been on my shelf for far too long and on my TBR even longer. It is one I knew would be a fantastic but difficult read and I wasn’t wrong. It is one I’m kicking myself for not picking up sooner. This is of course not the first time I’m reading a tragic story of our legal system’s failures, so it is sad to say that this story wasn’t exactly surprising. Still it is maddening and horrifying and really beyond putting into words. Because of poverty and the color of his skin, Hinton lost his freedom for the majority of his life.

One thing about this book that I found especially impressive was the author’s insights into his journey and his ability to highlight some of the positives even within the anger and the sorrow of his situation. While this book will bring heartache, it also gives uplifting moments as he highlights how some are changed for the good (as good as one can get on death row in any case) by their experiences. Hinton’s impact on other lives from his willingness to help others to his crusade to bring literature to prisoners is impressive.

I’m sure I’m not saying any of this well (I put off this review too long because I didn’t have the words), but bottom line this is a book that you need to read if you haven’t already! It offers an important perspective on our justice system and the impact on those it fails.

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