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Bound on Earth Paperback – February 1, 2008
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I don't generally read much LDS fiction. I find the stories usually a bit too tidy and my most important qualifier for really good literature is that it be honest. A lot of time, LDS fiction can be fluffy. Yes, there is usually some necessary conflict that involves the bad character doing bad things. By its end, however, the punishment usually fits the crime and when a miracle is in order, it rarely fails to show up.
I saw a recommendation for this book on Blog Segullah and it got such rave reviews from some seemingly picky readers that I requested it from my library. It's brand new and I was the very first person to check it out. If you consider where I live and what kind of book it is, you'll agree that it was a special moment.
At just under 200 pages, this is the kind of book you can easily read in a day or two. I started it last night and have had a hard time putting it down. Bound on Earth follows the Palmer family through many generations, although not chronologically. The chapters bounce around in time and between family members, a writing technique I'm not always super fond of. Part of me thinks it's a shortcut, to eliminate the tricky transitions that progress a plot.Read more ›
It is difficult to find an LDS novel that adequately communicates the nuance that fills the dusty corners of our lives-that faces the reality that we must become perfect even in our imperfection. And there were moments in the novel where I thought it might easily descend into trite summaries of belief. It never did.
The most powerful image of the book is found in the concept of `being bound.' At first, I felt like telling the characters to run away from their bonds, quickly and deftly, in an act of self-preservation. However, the book artfully aided my discovery that our bonds can teach us where and how to grow.
It is in this imagery of `being bound' that I found my one critique. The dominance of this theme left me wanting a richer subtext of symbols to decode. I wanted more ambiguity that would keep me returning to the text.Read more ›
I cried while reading this book. It meant a lot to me to read something so well-written and moving about my own people.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just read this for the 2nd time. I was impressed again, just as I was when I first read the book 5 or so years ago.
This book hits home. Read more
I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who loves a more literary style of writing that deals with relationships.Published on November 30, 2009 by Carole Warburton
Angela Hallstrom got inside my brain and wrote a book about it. I suspect somehow she got in some mens' brains as well, and some young peoples' brains and some mentally peoples'... Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by Arlene Ball
Bound on Earth is the best, most finely crafted novel featuring complex, fully-rendered Mormon characters to date. Many have tried, but Hallstrom got it right. Read morePublished on May 12, 2008 by Sharlee Glenn
Bound on Earth is an excellent read. The characters authenticity made each of their stories very compelling to read. Read morePublished on March 27, 2008 by C. Albin
Hallstrom has written a moving and believable character study of the fictional Palmer family. The chapters, told in turns by different family members at different times, explore... Read morePublished on March 10, 2008 by Amazon Customer