My Grandfather's Son by Clarence Thomas
Justice at Last
My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir
by Clarence Thomas
Harper. 304 pp. $26.95
“I’d always been one to close my shutters to the world,” writes Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in his moving new memoir. This admission arrives two-thirds of the way through the book, by which time no reader will be surprised.
Thomas is a brooder, and he has written a brooding book, full of recrimination, guilt, accusation, and worry. Scarcely a page goes by, scarcely a phase of his life is touched upon, without a dark reference to the author’s inner turmoil, which seems to have been nearly constant. “I felt as if my soul had been pierced.” “Instead of comfort I found only sorrow and confusion.” “No one was going to take care of me.” “My family, my faith, my vocation, the heroes who inspired me: all had been taken away from me.” These are just a sample, though a representative one, plucked from a ten-page span covering four years of Thomas’s early manhood.
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