From the words of Tim O’Brien, ‘Billy is a book that will stay with me in my dreams’ and I think I will have to agree with that too. Although Billy by Albert French can be seen to be quite a depressing and upsetting book to read, the themes and messages that French brings to light to the reader are priceless.
Billy chokes and gasps in the dark of the of his death mask. Then his mind bursts open, his thoughts spark and catch fire, he shakes and flies into the air and jolts when the straps jerk him back The loose-fitting death mask flies from his face.
At the point of electrocution, it is very graphic in what happens. The novel finishes with Cinder:
Cinder sat and cried all night. Mississippi’s sky stayed dark.