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What's more, tensions begin to simmer between the Mexicans and the hill people, one of whom has a penchant for bare-knuckles brawling. This leads to a brutal murder, which young Luke has the bad luck to witness. At this point--with secrets, lies, and at least one knife fight in the offing--the plot begins to take on that familiar, Grisham-style momentum. Still, such matters ultimately take a back seat in A Painted House to the author's evocation of time and place. This is, after all, the scene of his boyhood, and Grisham waxes nostalgic without ever succumbing to deep-fried sentimentality. Meanwhile, his account of Luke's Baptist upbringing occasions some sly (and telling) humor:
I'd been taught in Sunday school from the day I could walk that lying would send you straight to hell. No detours. No second chances. Straight into the fiery pit, where Satan was waiting with the likes of Hitler and Judas Iscariot and General Grant. Thou shalt not bear false witness, which, of course, didn't sound exactly like a strict prohibition against lying, but that was the way the Baptists interpreted it.Whether Grisham will continue along these lines, or revert to the judicial shark tank for his next book, is anybody's guess. But A Painted House suggests that he's perfectly capable of telling an involving story with nary a subpoena in sight. --James Marcus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is an amazing book. The insight into the mind of a farm boy in a farming family within a farming community is staggering. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bartholomew Breva
This book has a nice story of how a poor cotton farmer family tried hard to survive in Arkansas,1952, through the eyes of a 7-year old boy. It is a light read but mesmerizing. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Sen Peng Eu
Great book if you want to understand how most of America lived before WWII. If you aren't into that kind of history lesson then this book is probably not for you. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Bill Covington
I read this book a few years ago when I borrowed it from my son. I loved it so much I had to have my own copy to read again and again!Published 19 days ago by Robert A. Balyeat
Classic read. Had to read it for an English literature class. Was painless and enjoyed it.Published 25 days ago by Kogabear