The Summary of "The Other Wes Moore"
The story is interesting and makes one imagine what would have become of the writer if he did not by any chance come across the people who guided him.
He quotes a passage from John Edgar Wideman’s Brothers and Keepers, in which the author describes feeling a sudden, renewed sense of connection to his brother after discovering he is on the run from the police. Moore finds it strange that he feels this same sense of connection, considering that he and Wes have never even met. However, he ultimately decides to write Wes a letter asking him about himself and his life. Moore feels uncertain about whether this was the right decision until he receives a letter from Wes that begins, “Greetings, Good Brother,” and contains answers to Moore’s questions. The connection Moore feels toward Wes is mysterious and instinctive, similar to the ties between real family members. Despite having nothing to do with Wes’s life, Moore feels personally implicated in his fate and curious about how their lives turned out so differently. Rather than seeing Wes simply as a criminal who committed an unforgiveable act of violence, Moore feels desperate to understand the choices Wes made that caused his life to turn out this way. By addressing Moore as “Brother,” Wes mirrors the same sense of fraternal connection (while also using the language of his new Islamic faith). After this initial contact, the men continue to exchange letters, and eventually Moore begins visiting Wes in prison. Moore is astonished to learn of further parallels between their lives, and feels that their discussions illuminate “the larger story of our generation of young men.” Although Moore never lets himself forget that Wes committed a “heinous crime,” he believes that together they can make a positive contribution to the world by creating a project that would help people understand how life is shaped by certain key decisions. Moore spends hundreds of hours interviewing Wes and his friends and family, along with Moore’s own friends and family. In addition, he consults “teachers and drug dealers, police officers and lawyers” in order to establish the objective facts of both his and Wes’s lives.
Fail better” (Moore 185). These words represent the guide which the other Wes Moore did not obtain in his childhood and teenage. The author thinks that these words represent “the ebb and flow of life itself” (Moore 185). He says, “Failing doesn’t make us a failure. But not trying to do better, to be better, does make us fools” (Moore 185).In my opinion, the book should be read by teenagers because they are in the age when they have to choose the right path in life and make their choice consciously. As the resident of New York City, I know how different this city is and I can imagine how difficult it is to choose the right path and to become the architect of your own fortune when you live in the unfortunate neighborhood. The message which Wes Moore gives to us in his book represents the right model for life. In summary, The Other Wes Moore: One Name ,Two Fates is a very interesting story which I will advice to read everyone. The plot of the book makes it clear how important the help of others is for our well-being and, what is more important, how important it is to be a strong-willed personality being able to overcome the life failures.
After that, Wes worked for the U.S. Army while in Afghanistan. That took several months. That is the synopsis of the story.
Moore, Wes. The Other Wes Moore: One Name ,Two Fates, New York: Random House Publishing Group, 2010. Print.