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Bastard Out of Carolina: A Novel Paperback – Deckle Edge, February 1, 2012
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The language of this book is incredible. I've noticed in some of the reviews, the readers suggested more editing. This is told from the eyes of a young rural girl. She does not have the vocabulary of an English professor. I love that people who have only had reviews for Amazon published can actually commment on the writing ability of someone with the talent of Allison. Another reviewer said the book was depressing. If she needed a "feel-good" story, she should stick with the CHICK-LIT shelves. Life isn't always fun or humorous or happy in the end.
Bastard out of Carolina is a scarey story with memorable characters who will haunt readers nearly as thoroughly as they haunted Bone, the child protagonist: the violent ones, the jealous ones, the just plain weird ones, the inexplicable ones...
This is not a book with a happy ending. One gets the sense that the end of the story hasn't been written - possibly because the author hasn't lived it yet.
Outstanding. Worth 6 stars.
The story is told from the perspective of a child, but as an adult (and this is definitely adult reading), you won't be able to put it down. There are summaries that I won't rehash, but let me say this - one thing I can't shake is that throughout the book, I wanted to occasionally question Bone's mother about her choices. I found myself wishing that she had made different decisions - especially the decisions that hurt her children and caused her embarrassment. There are also a few racial references in here that some will find disturbing - but it was a reality of the time period in which this book is set. If you are looking for a book to make you smile or laugh, this is not it. But one motif that I did find encouraging was that of family. Throughout, Bone's extended family is a strong one - despite the hardships they face and the disagreements they have. Unfortunately, the love of her family couldn't protect her from everything.
Although this is about a poor, white, southern family, there's something in the story that brings to mind one of my favorite books,"The Bluest Eye," by Toni Morrison. I mention that to say, if you like Toni Morrison, I think you'll enjoy this book.Read more ›
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read for class, and would certainly read again on my own time. The narrative style is engaging, and the story thought-provoking. Read morePublished 13 days ago by A.T.
A very sad story about a little girl who endures sexual and physical abuse from her stepfather. Her mother just wants to have a happy family and over looks what her husband is... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Natellie Jenkins
It was a good book and well written however it was not my favorite due to the amount of sexual content in the book a lot of it was hard to read.Published 1 month ago by Gillian
This is a good example of the "Grit Lit" genre of Southern literature. While it may seem gimmicky to focus on the extensive abuse of the characters as "shock... Read morePublished 1 month ago by derrick belanger
Sort of SPOILERS...Wonderful, terrible, wrenching and dreadful...the survival of Bone is almost unbelievable and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Heather P. Wales
Bastard Out of Carolina looks at a life I can now envision with much greater clarity and a sense of amazement at what is right in front of us but we do not see.Published 2 months ago by Ann Onymous
Mostly, I enjoyed Bastard Out of Carolina. I loved reading about what it was like growing up in the Carolina mountains. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kelli Smith
Wow. I am sure there are plenty of reviews that tell the story. What great writing, giving us a story of child and family abuse. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Beverly Black