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The Sand Castle Paperback – July 8, 2009
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It wasn't. And while it wasn't, it wasn't disappointing either. Being my first Rita Mae Brown short story (103 pages; reminds me of aiming to put $20 in my tank and spilling over to $20.03), I'm not surprised that these are repeat characters. If you're new to this book, the author has been able to flesh them out a little and make them extremely individualistic. They each have their own specific quirks (to the point of personality stererotypes) but the dialogue used to display them is witty, quick and relateable. Whereas I don't believe that people actually have these Mother/Daughter, Grandmother/Grandson, Sister/Sister, Cousin/Cousin relationships, I can see bits and pieces of my own childhood impressions of my peers and superiors in them.
The plot is pretty basic. Two attractive sisters in their mid- to late-forties and completing annual trip to the beach both towing children: one sister with her grandson (her daughter/his mother having passed away from illness 8 months or so before) and one with her only child (a tomboy daughter). Fresh from tasting death and heartcahe due to two World Wars, the sisters have taken two very different courses of life. The older sister chastises and preaches her new-found love of Jesus Christ while the younger sister approaches life more logically with a rational mind. Told from the voice of the tomboy-daughter, the dialogue that progresses from all four characters is carefully chosen and well worded... even if it is hard to believe.Read more ›
Needless to say, it wasn't a pleasant visit. While Brown still has the witty repartee she is so well known for, the storyline is thin, and the book is too - literally! Only 100 pages of what transpires in a day on the Chesapeake shore with Juts, Wheezy, Nickel, and her cousin, Leroy. Boring banter between the sisters, typical kid arguing, and a minor catastrophe really don't do anything to improve the storyline or endear one to the characters.
As a lover of Six of One and the subsequent sequels, it was also a bit disturbing to read certain affectations given to favorite old characters whom, to my knowledge, were never referred to as such in any previous books; i.e. Cora as "Big Wheezy?" Maybe I was sleeping.
In short, this review is probably longer and more substantial than The Sand Castle. One can only hope that the next releases from Brown have a bit more substance.
If you must read this one, get it from the library, like I did.
And yet again the she has taken characters that were well established, well written, and well loved from Six of One and Bingo and totally made different people from them. How hard can it be to go back, reread a book that YOU wrote and check on what Louise's daughters' name was and how she died. Her grandson's name.....etc., etc.....It's like her thought process is "Well I want to buy a new horse and Juts and Wheezy sells so who cares what the story is and whether it lines up with the original books. I'll just stick their names in there and don't care if anyone notices."
Rita Mae, if you need money this bad honey, just start doing infomercials, quit suckering people for what is basically a short story about characters they once enjoyed, long, long ago.
Leroy's Mom recently passed away & he has gone to live with his Aunt Wheezie, Juts' older sister. Apparently, these two sisters & Nickel are well-known to fans of this writer from some of her previous books. This is my first exposure to them. I liked them.
This book contains two car rides. One, to the shore & one heading home from the shore. There is swimming, by some. There is fear, by others. There is intricate sand castle building. There are arguments between the adults & between the two younger cousins. There are tears. There is pain. There is love & explanation & forgiveness.
This book is about how two adults & one child help another child cope with the one big terrible loss in his young life. Family pulls together. Family soldiers on. This family has unshakeable bonds.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Light reading,short book, interesting to those who either lived in 1950s or are familiar with the Chesapeake Bay region. Good summer reading.Published 8 months ago by Marilyn Cassara
if you like juts and wheezie, you'll like this novella.....Published 11 months ago by Maria Wroblewski
Rita Mae Brown never fails to deliver an interesting story. She always gets you invested in her characters.Published 14 months ago by Nancy Nayowith
It was interesting. Finding out about an author's childhood experiences makes reading her books even better. I prefer her mysteries. She is an excellent writerPublished 21 months ago by LA Lady
More words of Rita Mae who is just so good at her writing. A story of love, being different and very cool!Published 23 months ago by jordyn skye
I have loved Juts and Wheezie since I read Six of One years ago, but Rita Mae has destroyed these characters. Read morePublished on September 14, 2009 by Carol Tunt
I was disappointed by this "book". It really should be called a very short story. I have loved all of Rita Mae Brown's books. Read morePublished on September 14, 2009 by B. Bodenheimer
Great read, but has nothing to do with the original books before. Juts, Nickel and Wheezie are the only originals, most story lines and other characters (Leroy) are new and have... Read morePublished on September 8, 2009 by Kindle Customer
Short but poignant. Especially engaging if you're already familiar with the characters from previous novels.Published on July 10, 2009 by F. Evers