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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.
A very well writen picture of life in a farm in the USA in the sixties, and full of surprises.Published 8 hours ago by PAULO F JUNQUEIRA
Heart Warming. Very well written. I'm waiting for "A Painted House" book #2.Published 18 hours ago by Sandra Keller
If you are looking for the typical John Grisham suspense novel, this is not it. I even had to check online to confirm that it was the same author who had written "The... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Maggie Douglas
A great story written through the eyes of an adorable and very smart SEVEN year old boy. Its descriptions are right on for growing up in a rural area....... Read morePublished 5 days ago by C. Messerly
Suprised as it was my first experience away from the legal thrillers. But a very nice surprise with such vivid portrait of cotton picking era.Published 7 days ago by pedro bandeira
Well done! This is a glimpse of a difficult life through a young boys eyes.Published 9 days ago by Suzanne D. Bader
Very interesting and informative of a life I never know about along with intense moments.