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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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The story is very fast paced and the characters are developed well.
In fact the end of the book didn't really seem like the end, it just sort of stopped with respect to some of the ideas in the story.
The story is narrated by seven year-old Luke Chandler, the son of an Arkansas family renting and farming in 1952 Arkansas.
This book was full of humor and heart. It is written in the voice of a young boy growing up in the cotton fields of Arkansa.Published 1 hour ago by Marvin J. Kmetz
A first person account by a young boy. Unlike the alcohol-soaked lawyers of many of Grisham's other novels. A welcome change!Published 8 days ago by Robert A. Chaffer
I could really get into the characters and the setting. Mr. Grisham was out of his legal home and still brought the story to life. I enjoyed this book.Published 11 days ago by norma
The best book I've read by John Grisham. If you're ready for something completely different from legal drama, this book is for you!Published 11 days ago by Vegigirl
Enjoyed the portrayal of the ups and downs of farming in the 1950's. The story really represented how farm life was in the South.Published 15 days ago by Terri Allen