This Bitter Earth The Story of Sugar Lacy Audio Cassette – Audiobook, January 1, 2003
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- ISBN-10 : 0788759930
- ISBN-13 : 978-0788759932
- Publisher : Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (January 1, 2003)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,953,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sugar was breathtaking and this Bitter Earth just kept the story flowing. I enjoyed the manner in which she weaved all her characters into place. Also, how This Bitter Earth revealed answers to questions in Sugar. Excellent storytelling.
However, Lappy Clayton character is still a mystery. In my opinion, more should have been did to define him. Such as, what happened in his past that caused his personality to so warped to cause him to be so violent? Charpter 27, states: "Lappy would never understand what drove him to do the things he'd done".... but that was a weak explanation. With Lappy character so undeveloped, I believe that there will be a sequel. In addition, there are others characters that can be brought out in a sequel - Sugar's grandmother, Shirley Brown, also, what's with JJ, it appears that he is impotent but what caused it? Perhaps, his sister's brutal murder or something happened in the military or both. With all that being said, the bottom line is there was too much left unsaid for the story to end. A sequel most definitely is needed.
The only part that was lacking in the book was the key lines in the song that summarizes Sugar's plight, "This bitter earth can be so cold. Today we're young, too soon we're old. But while a voice within me cries, I hope someone will answer my call, then this bitter earth may not be so bitter, so bitter after all." If that were included in it's entirety, then I think it would close on the link with the title.
It was good that Lappy got what he deserved in the end and good too that the reader did not get a blow by blow of what happened. It was more effective that way.
The blackbirds attack on the Lacey house was somewhat weird to me.
I also felt that the way Gloria and Jewel were disposed of was a bit too clumsy.
All in all a very entertaining book.