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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever felt isolated or confined? What did you do and how did you handle it? As you read this book, you may see your situation next time from a different perspective. Family, past memories, and being 12 years old again when times were different and innocence was king is what A Generation of Dark: A Prison Notebook by C.F. Villa is all about. In this book you will find several short stories, poems, and novellas about life. C.F. Villa had experienced fifteen years in solitary confinement and writing was the catalyst that brought peace and comfort to his terrible existence in isolation. Even after being released back into the general population at the California Correctional Center after serving fifteen years in isolation, other works followed this collection. As you read through the pages of this book, C.F. Villa takes you on a journey to see the variances of life, history, and photos that take you back in time, to even Hitler's invasion.
I found this an interesting take on capturing and cataloging one's life. There is so much to each one of us and with several layers that build up to who we are. It was more intriguing that C.F. Villa would continually go back to his youth, to the age of 12 years old when life and things were simpler and happier. This book is ideal for those interested in reading another's account of life, and the thoughts of someone that may be confined and isolated physically, but free mentally. Great piece of work.