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Freedomland Paperback – November 29, 2005
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I won't recount the plot, as an outline of the action is easily available elsewhere. I would like to single out a couple of passages, though, because they highlight the elegant prose that Richard Price is capable of and also struck a chord with me in that I have encountered similar situations in my own experience.
Take, for example, the opening of chapter 11, "The Dempsey County jail stood half demolished, and the only surviving section of exterior wall, the southwest corner, was a grotesquely defiant crumble of plaster and brick, a raised fist thrust into the flawless blue of a hot summer morning. The prison bars, running the entire length of the building but hidden from view for ninety years by a sooty gray facade, had now, in these final days, revealed the building for what it truly had been: a seven story cage."
The beauty of the writing, combined with the startling and rather violent imagery of the fist and the cage, made a strong impression on me and bore home the stark reality that jails are cages in which we shut up our fellows like animals, often when they are innocent. I have not read many other novels that are so evocative and at the same time hard hitting.Read more ›
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Richard Price is a masterful storyteller. This one fictionalizes a true-life horrific crime that was both shocking and heartbreaking. The writing is mesmerizing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nester
Overly long and drawn out plot. The main conflict in the novel was set forth relatively quickly, with an obvious answer, but then it took 200 pages to get there. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark Opshinsky
Very good read, kept my interest, characters are very well drawn. Glad I found this one, would recommend!Published 7 months ago by Mary at Success
An overly-long, maddeningly slow novel with zero suspense and filigreed with detail masquerading as character development. A very disappointing novel by this usually fine author.Published 8 months ago by Eric Van Lustbader
This is not an easy book to get through because of the intense emotions and the bleak worlds it portrays. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dennis
Having worked, gone to school & all but lived in Jersey City for years, I was drawn to reading this book that was inspired by the things the author saw when living there. Read morePublished 14 months ago by John A. Brissette
I'm a huge fan of Richard Price. Samaritan, Lush Life, and Clockers were all great. But with this one, I could only get halfway through it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joe Joe Magee