- File Size: 1643 KB
- Print Length: 326 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477543856
- Publication Date: November 11, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003A846YK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,448 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Strange and Bitter Fruit Kindle Edition
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From the Author
I have written a follow-up to this novel - A Strange and Bitter Fruit: The Peacemaker. This works concludes the Powell saga.
Thanks again for reading.
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The book was sad and violent and reminded me of "Django Unchained" in that the main character has been wronged and gets the opportunity (At great cost) to exact revenge on those people. I thought that the book was too long and in the end (about 89% through) starting skimming cause I wanted to see how it ended but also wanted it to be over. Even as I type this review, I am not sure that I would recommend this book to others. If you read for the purpose of taking something away from a book then the message in this book is exactly what Reverend Demby (a character in the book) said to Tee Powell (the main character) - "Past is Prologue".
Top international reviews
Set in 19th Century America, 'A Strange and Bitter Fruit' tells the story of Tee Powell whose family are lynched at the hands of racist Klansmen. Tee escapes the brutal killing and forges a new life, meeting a strange array of people and eventually wreaking his revenge upon those who murdered his family.
I'd never read a novel set in this time before and was intrigued to learn more. However, whilst the novel does explore the racial tensions of that era, it fails to become a good piece of literature.
To address one of the first points of contention regarding the novel, is the grammatical errors. The author switches between past and present tense which unfortunately, causes the book to be quite unreadable in places. This could easily be solved by proof-reading the book.
Additionally, the author has used the wrong character names in places through the book which again, seems a silly error to make.
I didn't feel that the fight/battle scenes were well-written. The level of description was not helpful in visualisation of the scene and they felt too 'wordy' and overly descriptive for no obvious reason as the author has not used the words to actually describe anything. I felt my eyes glaze over at several points because of this.
The plot twists (one of which is a very major one towards the latter stages of the novel) are interesting but not revealed in a way that builds tension - perhaps the author is not aware of how much some of these reveals shock the reader and how they should be exploited further to ensure that the reader is gripped by the sequence of events.
Tee is quite a difficult character to summarise but he is also not an easy character to read. Unfortunately, he is quite unbelievable as the indestructible hero of the tale and a suspension of disbelief is definitely necessary if you are to sympathise with his endeavours. His personality changes so quickly and vastly between chapters that he feels like a character rather than a real person.
The plot line is completely, dare I say it, ridiculous at times and it stretches the credulity of the novel so far. Unfortunately, I ended up having my empathy with Tee dissolved entirely because none of the book seemed real and a revenge novel can only be successful if there is an element of support from the reader to the protagonist (something I lost in the first few chapters of this book)
The promise of the book (a revenge tale set in the Deep South in Colonial America) is never fulfilled and I found myself reading the book only because I was determined to finish it rather than because I was enjoying it. In the end, it felt like a chore to read.