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‘The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks’ The BOOK: More Incisive, Fulfilling & Illuminating Than Movie.

by Anura Guruge


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I saw the movie, serendipitously, when it was shown on HBO in April 2017. I had DVRed it because the title and HBO description of it intrigued me.

I did a post on my reaction to the movie on May 1, 2017. The movie, which was choppy, often hard to follow and disturbing in its portrayal of the Lacks family (who happened to be black) left me wanting to know more. I knew I had to read the book. I ordered paperback copy then and there.

I just finished reading it.

Good book. Well written. Fast paced, dramatic and with a lot of local color. I was very impressed with the author, Rebecca Skloot. She sure can write — and write well. She did a good job. My only gripe is that she, STILL, glossed over talking about the HeLa cells. I wanted more. More details. Maybe that would have been too ‘technical’ for the book.

The movie, and then the book, made me realize, to my chagrin and shame, that I really know very little about cells — in general. To I, that seems crazy. I really, over my, by and large misspent life, should have learnt more about cells. Yes, I do intend to try and rectify that. Cells are what makes ALL life on Earth possible. I have billions of them making up my body, BUT I know more about popes or Pluto than I know of the cells that keep me alive. What about YOU? Do you think you know all you should about your cells?

I now need to watch the movie again! I just ordered the DVD, from Amazon (Prime), for $9.96.

I was sad when I got to the end of the book. The book made you so much a part of the idiosyncratic Lacks family. You just wanted the drama to continue. Alas, too many died.

Sobering tale. Some very upsetting and disturbing episodes. How can such things happen in the US? Child abuse! The indignities suffered by blacks. Yes, I learnt loads. Parts of the book made me very sad and or angry. I am sure that there is till some of this ‘bad stuff’ happening in the black community. Such a shame.

You really should read this book. I urge you to. You will thank me for it.

 


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by Anura Guruge


‘The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks’ (2017) Movie: Powerful, CONFUSING & Disturbing.

by Anura Guruge



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I had never heard of this movie, and was slightly distressed to realize that I had no familiarity, whatsoever, with the type of cell that was being talked about and why such cells were so important.

HBO aired it a few weekends ago as their Saturday night ‘feature’ and I DVRed it because of that — and we watched it, over a couple of nights, earlier this week.

That Oprah starred in it mattered nowt to I, since I can ‘take her, or leave her‘ and she is not somebody I go ga-ga about.

It was an interesting, intriguing and powerful movie — and gave me another revealing perspective into black lives in the 1950s.

I found the start of the movie — about the cells very confusing and had to go back and watch it again. I still think that they don’t explain all the implications that well — and IF I had the time I would LOVE to read the book. The book is supposed to be very good.

The supposed reaction and behavior of the family was also very confusing, to say the least, and, moreover, very disturbing.

They all came across as being totally wacky in one way or another.

They just didn’t seem to be able to handle the notion that Johns Hopkins had taken some cells from their mother — and that these cells were still dividing and thus continuing to ‘live’. Just seemed way to overblown and dramatic. I have to say it portrayed this family, which happens to be black, in a rather bad light. It sure will confirm some stereotypes.

Definitely worth watching it. Will make you ponder and want to find out more. Glad I watched it. Learned quite a bit and that is always a good thing.


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by Anura Guruge