- File Size: 883 KB
- Print Length: 310 pages
- Publication Date: July 11, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DWGET88
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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On another level, it may be regarded as a historic novel with an accurate, authentic description of that neighborhood as it existed following World War II while the new phenomenon of television was being introduced. The author’s use of newspaper headlines and a MovieTone Newsreel, in addition to conversational dialogue, apprises us of world current events in that era. Farther into the story you will reach a point where you realize the title of the book is a metaphor. The conclusion of the story confirms its meaning.
This book has so many aspects to discuss, it would make an excellent source for class discussion. But because it mildly touches on sex and has some curse words, it may be appropriate only for high school juniors and seniors.
"Mud Castles" reflects the fragility and evanescence of life. The characters are multidimensional and complex, and the author meticulously maintains each of their own particular voices and vernacular throughout the entire novel.
While this book is easy to read, the content is by no means simplistic; it is a psychosocial study of the evolution of a young boy's self-image and the reactions of those with whom he comes in contact. It deals with shyness, bullying, tenderness, friendship, and even a budding romance. Adults can relate to having had one or more of these experiences during their teen years; teenagers can relate to them now.
The historical details and venue descriptions so accurately portray the zeitgeist of that particular time and place that I was nostalgically transported back in time to neighborhoods, events, and a culture I knew so well as a child.
It has been said that what makes a novel most memorable is the frequency the characters are thought about after the novel is read. I find myself thinking about them often, and wondering what the rest of their lives would have been like had the story continued or had the author chosen to take different paths.
For people who like to get lost in a novel, "Mud Castles" is a must read.
Dr. Ostrov's superb opus is a unique legacy that his children and grandchildren will cherish for the rest of their lives.
The story itself is certainly not a happy tale but there are some very amsuing incidents and good dialogue. I didn't find it depressing, and for once the ending was although surprising, realistic under the circumstances.
I would recommend this book. In fact I downloaded it for free but it is worth the price now (still low). Actually was very pleased as I had a problem with my Kindle battery, and thought I had lost the book only to find it on another page.
Well done Mel, it's a good story.
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