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“The kind of book you read slowly because you don’t want it to end ... John Grisham takes command of this literary category just as forcefully as he did legal thrillers with The Firm.... Never let it be said this man doesn’t know how to spin a good yarn.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Characters that no reader will forget. .. prose as clean and strong as any Grisham has yet laid down ... and a drop-dead evocation of a time and place that mark this novel as a classic slice of Americana.”—Publishers Weekly
“Some of the finest dialogue of his career ... Every detail rings clear and true, and nothing is wasted.”—Seattle Times
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- ASIN : B003B02P9U
- Publisher : Dell; Reprint edition (March 9, 2010)
- Publication date : March 9, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 3675 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 482 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,213 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Some reviewers said that nothing happens in the book, but that feeling of nothingness is Grisham's ability to convey how life on a cotton farm is completely dependent on weather. To the point that nothing can happen unless the weather allows it. We see hopelessness and hope, sometimes from the same characters. The book is muted in some ways, but it tells a powerful story of the day-in-day-out cotton harvest.
Top reviews from other countries
Away from the courtroom and the legal world, this is set in the early 1950's in the Arkansas 'cotton belt'.
The late summer of 1952 is seen through the eyes of 7 yo, aspiring baseball player named Luke, as his poor farming family struggle to gather in the cotton crop.
An excellent and easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
It has much in common with 'To Kill a Mockingbird' - set in the American south, narrated by a child, superb characterization. It's almost as good too, which is really saying something.
If there's one weakness I'd say that for a seven-year-old boy, this kid is really on the ball (and would he really have been so keen to see a girl bathing naked in the river at that age? I can't remember that far back, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt). And talking of balls, another minor complaint is that there was more about baseball than I really need to know. Other than that, it's a great novel.