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A beautiful story of the south,
This review is from: Mudbound (Hardcover)
Reading this book, I felt like I truly understood what it was to live in a mudbound Mississippi farm post-WW II; the characters were so real it was like they were sitting on the couch beside me, telling me their stories. The first few pages of this book were so beautifully written that I read the entire first chapter out loud to my husband; it was just perfect prose. The narrative is powerful as well: I read the book in just a few days, and was late to church trying to get it finished. Ultimately, it was just short of five stars because the theme of the story -- the desperate unfairness of racism in the South -- has been done before, and the writer didn't seem to have a new perspective on it. Bits of it were somewhat cliched; the racist characters were evil, the African Americans noble victims; racism is bad and destructive and corrupts everyone. All true; but I wish she had pushed herself a bit more, past the cliches of all that has been written before. But there is no question: the writing, the people and the story carry you through the book like a tide. Not quite a classic, but a wonderful debut, and well worth your time.
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Initial post: May 6, 2009 7:43:03 PM PDT
Not sure I'd call this a beautiful story -tragic more like, but well written.
Posted on May 1, 2011 1:35:45 PM PDT
Sam from S. America says:
I felt the exact same way; good story, well written, but quite cliched. Do wish she had done something more original with the characters.
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