- File Size: 1303 KB
- Print Length: 349 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Bluestone Press (February 3, 2012)
- Publication Date: February 3, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0075GHPBO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,544,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Fly In the Milk Kindle Edition
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I liked it, though I didn't love it.
The story begins with a car crash that appears to be an accident but there is something around the scene that make the investigators believe there is something else going on. Who was in that car? The legendary boxer Johnny Beam.
The story is about him and his not so neat life. You could think he had it all, fame, money, women but being the son of a former prostitute and a pimp and in addition, a black man in the 1950-1960's is not an easy task.
In the book you also get to read some of his parents story. Personally I couldn't relate very much to him. On the contrary, he annoyed me most of the time. He kept making the wrong choices even when he had many options, sometimes It seemed he was gonna change and then again, no...
The writing was good, a mere reflection of those times but I enjoyed it. It's an adult book and has curses and explicit vocabulary that made it sound a little harsh though. The dialogues were very good and made it more enterteining.
I found very interesting the descriptions of the cities and how well the T.K O'Neill created a background for his character.
At some parts, nevertheless, the story becomes boring. For example when the author starts explaining about the alcohol restriction laws and manufacture, I mean, it is useful to set the story but not so many details are needed. Or when he spends a few pages explaining Johnny's relation with his neighbours... It makes the reader's attention deflect from the main storyline. (at least that happened to me)
In short, a complete reading, not my favorite, but a good one and I hope everybody enjoys it!
The story starts with the discovery of Johnny Beam's body in a wrecked car in what appears to be a drunken accident however, there were signs at the scene of the accident that something else more sinister may have occurred. Then, the story moves through the events of Johnny's unfortunate downward spiral through life. As the story moves along the reader is introduced to the various lurid characters that all tie into Johnny's self-destructive life. While none of the characters in the book were good people - they were interesting and sordid as characters and made the story more interesting to read.
As you read, you want to feel sorry for the character of Johnny; it appears as if his fame and fortune might have been too much for him. However, empathy is a waste on this character because Johnny had other options available to him, but he chose to hang around the lowlife elements that help him land hard at the bottom of the barrel.
As for the writing, yes, the language is gritty and the "N" word is mentioned so many times that it can be frustrating to read, along with other derogatory statements uttered about the main character will have you reminding yourself that this is simply indicative of that time. Overall, this book was an interesting adult read especially if you enjoy reading about people enmeshed in the seedier side of life.