My favorite book! I first read it when I was 11 years old, having found the book in a pile of old books my grandmother was going to burn in the trash barrel. Lucky escape for both me and the book. I'm positive that this book is the reason I never learned to be prejudiced. The frankness in the conversations between Sir and his students about being black and HUMAN just like them, (especially when they "discover" his blood is red!)was something that stuck with me. I've just re-read it and although as an adult I can now say that maybe the writing is a bit dated and stiff, I still think everyone should read it. In my opinion, it has a mind expanding purpose.