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Cicada Paperback – March 20, 2012
From Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews named CICADA among 2012′s new and notable, calling it a beautifully crafted tale with well-drawn characters, adding, “Be sure to read this steamy Southern noir in the AC.”--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top customer reviews
The wonderful description of all of the places and people really help to endear them. The story involves poverty, discrimination and the relationships of those in the community
This is a wonderful story that keeps you reading and thinking
Much of the story is told as seen through the eyes of the young (ten or eleven years old?) Timothy "Buckshot" Sayre, reacting inwardly to events in the adult world over which he has no control and cannot fully understand, including his coming upon the scene of a lynching, and the disintegration of his parents' marriage. The author remembers what it was like to be a child, and makes you remember.
Even as the book explores the darker corners of human nature, there is always a gentleness, an affection and generosity of spirit for people, community and family, for nature and animals in their quiet struggles with life and death. The characters and descriptions are so clear that there's a quality that is cinematic, as though you're watching a movie. The climactic shootout scene is so vivid it appears to be playing out in slow motion.
So much more I could say, but one hallmark of a really good book is that it can't be adequately described; it just has be read.
Laing sets a lush, evocative scene. The townspeople cohabit with the larger world of animals and insects; the behaviors of each follow the natural order of predator and prey and at times, seem entirely illogical. There is a ratcheting up of tension, echoed in the sounds and sights of the wild: as neighbor turns on neighbor, the mockingbirds stalk and quarrel and the cicadas struggle against outside forces to fulfill their life cycle.
Cicada is a beautifully written novel, full of wise perspective and insight and yet, it was a page-turner too. Others have called the book noir but there's a touch of Southern Gothic here too. The exquisitely drawn world, the story's tragic yet satisfying conclusion and the vivid array of characters will stay with me a long while. Truly a wonderful read.
Mary Vensel White, author of The Qualities of Wood
Most recent customer reviews
Some decent imagery, almost useful characterizations.
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