”Sun Does Shine” by Bryan Stevenson, is an amazing story, it restores our faith in the inherent goodness of humanity. The book is a powerful and revealing story of hope, love and justice a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit.
The foreword by Stevenson, is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Hinton’s memoir tells us his dramatic thirty year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor and joy.
In the spring of 2015,” Anthony Ray Hinton” walked out of jail after spending nearly three decades on death row in an ”Alabama” prison. For 28 years he had lived in a five foot wide, like the size of a small bathroom.
He had smelt the burning flesh of 54 of his friends as they were executed and he watched rats eating the blood of men who bashed their brains in against walls.
In 1985, at the age of 29, Hinton was wrongfully convicted of the murders of two restaurant managers in a cartoonish show trial. The story he relays in this incredibly moving chronicle of spending half his life under the sword of ”Damocles” is one staggering revelation after another, but also a lovely portrait of kindness, warmth and how faith is its own reward.
He builds memory palaces in his imagination as a way of psychologically escaping the abyss where love and hope went to die. In an unprecedented move in his part on death row, he reaches out with his voice and speaking through the bars.
The truth emerges that he was statistically probably not the only innocent man among the inmates he befriended. The horrendous truths about the American justice system that surface throughout his book are incomprehensibleand his story forms an astonishing document.