Frustrating Bad Uncle Kyrie Irving by Aaron Gordon
Arlen Bales has written a very entertaining memoir about his time as a bad uncle, called “Bad Uncle drawnky.” It is similar to the birthers’ ” Blacksnosh” – an anti-black racist book that has become somewhat of a classic. But the book has a difference: Unlike most birthers, it does take a light tone. It’s also more humorous than many birther books.
A good story about a black trash hauler is always worth a read. I especially like stories about people who try to be different. Arlen has a mission in life. He is a former boxer and street hustler who wants to change his image for his kids. He wants his story to be a good one.
In Bad Uncle, Kyrie Irving is an unhappy example of what can happen when you step out of line. She is a 15 year old who was born into a poor family in Cleveland. She is constantly being yelled at by her overbearing mother. She is also repeatedly called a “fag” by her unruly brother. She is never sure what she wants or who she should follow.
Arlen knows his “little sis” will get the worst of him. He makes it a point not to give her advice on who or what she should follow. He tells her to follow her heart. He tells her she is a free spirit. He insists she knows that. But in doing so, he is telling her to stop listening to everything he says.
It would seem that her religious background is a factor in this book. The name of Jesus is repeatedly mentioned throughout. She is often praying, making declarations, and asking God for things that only a religious person would ask for. The book describes a religious upbringing and a daughter’s determination to follow her Uncle’s example.
Arlen is a good example of how people can be so convinced of what they want that they begin to exclude others from their lives. Those who do not follow the leadership may be accused of being self-centered, selfish, or opportunistic. They are often told they have nothing to live for. It is almost as if they feel there is no reason for them to live at all.
Kyrie is an example of someone who does not believe she has anything of value to live for. As she tells Arlen in one chapter, “I made my own peace when I surrendered myself to the Lord.” The idea that a child of God should become a renunciate of society to follow her Uncle’s example is not accepted. Yet, this is the philosophy that she ultimately chooses to live by. In the end, most of those who follow her Uncle’s example are those who become wealthy.
What a revealing book this is, and it is a must read for all who have a chance to read it. The world would be a very different place were everyone to act in the same way as did Arlen in this book. Instead, each person is free to choose to pursue their dreams and to build their own individual nests. This book is a reminder that there are many things more important than wealth for a child of God to follow. “The Bad Uncle” is a reminder that God does not require a person to be rich or to have many possessions in order to follow his teachings.
Arlen Irving was a poor man, but he became rich by dedicating himself to the Lord and by putting his all into ministry. Many people will identify with this, especially if they have lost trust in man. In fact, many people who have followed the teachings of their religious mentors have gone on to become very successful financially and physically.
In this book, we are introduced to our first character, Baron Geddes. Baron is the first of many brothers who follow in the footsteps of their uncle, while also trying to make a name for themselves on their own. As you might suspect, Baron is not a happy man. He rambles through many scenes, throwing tantrums and being obnoxious. His brothers tease him and taunt him, and he generally just appears miserable.
However, this is only one side of the story. We also meet some of the people who were important in Baron’s life before he began to dabble in the world of magic and the occult. This book provides an insight into the life of a man who was once a poor country boy who became one of the most sought after men in England. The novel provides a look into life and its challenges, and it shows us how people can deal with life’s difficulties in a positive way.