Synopsis Of The Book 'Evicted' By Matthew Desmond

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In his non-fiction book ‘Evicted’, Matthew Desmond conducted an ethnographic study on the residents of a black ghetto and a trailer park, the poorest parts of Milwaukee between 2008 and 2009 during the financial crisis. By presenting the story of eight families who struggle to meet their rent payments, Desmond attempts to understand the causes and effects of the tenant eviction process, and examines poverty and the economic exploitation in the United States. One of the greatest qualities of the book is its readability as Desmond tells the story from the third-person point of view in order to bring readers into direct contact with the families and their trajectory. By permitting the characters to speak for themselves as much as possible, Desmond conveys their true emotions, reactions, and thoughts with all the colors, sounds, and smells to the readers. Paul Farmer’s “AIDS and Accusation” is another highly readable book as it provides not only about the true causes of poverty and sickness in Haiti, but also about the connections between human suffering and political/economic issues. By telling the story of a small Haitian village, Do Kay, and its history and community, Farmer meticulously explains how local cultural beliefs and individual reactions to disease are indeed related to larger context: national and transnational forces. He …show more content…

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