“UP” contains historical moments, where the reader will experience inserts of the author’s life long before he gained his status as a musical legend. And like his music, Wrights‘ story is a historical account of events that could only be told in his own personal and unique style.
Wright’s book, is about a young boy and his family’s trials and tribulations on a cotton plantation owned by a cruel sharecropper named Edward Miles, who was born with an unfair advantage, which he uses to dominate his subjects. At the critical age of eight, the boy’s father demanded he pick no less than a hundred pounds a day, which according the author, he has yet been able to deliver. But any time he failed, he faced yet another one of his father’s vicious whippings. His father was involved with the cruel hearted landowner, who owned four hundred acre as of fertile land, which he and his family were obligated to work 40 acre of. This of course, called for an oversized family, which at that time was a sharecropper’s dream.
The beatings continued practically on a daily basis, and continued even after the family relocated to California due to the fact, that his father had developed a habit of taking his personal frustrations out on the boy.
During the late forties and early fifties, his parents decided to opt out of the cotton business for good, but soon realize Mr. Miles was not so willing to let go. They plotted a scheme and leaving the plantation, they moved into Clarksdale, but only to realize how relentless the old sharecropper actually was. So in an effort to subdue the family, Mr. Miles used his influence among other white southerners, to deny the boy’s father employment.
Their saga continued due to one incident after another until finally, the child’s mother sought help from her oldest daughter, who’d already moved out of state. The rest is history. His story takes too many twist and turns to explain in a brief synopsis, yet in the end it has a surprisingly pleasant way of resolving itself.
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