I hope this is well reviewed in the literary magazines. Race is complicated in this country, and the more we are able to interrogate it the better. An historical view is perhaps the easiest. Well written, thoughtful and true.
I had to read this book because it was selected by my book club, but I really wasn't looking forward to reading another novel about the Deep South and racism. Boy, am I glad I did. This was a gem of a book. Having the voices all read by different narrators was brilliant and I totally enjoyed my listening experience.
Hillary Jordan doesn't waste a word. There are no random personal musings on the color of the sky or whether there's going to be rain - everything that is in here is essential to the story. The characters are enjoyable. And I was totally shocked when I realized who'd "done the deed", but I laughed out loud and did a "pump fist" as I was driving along. Good for him! :-)
You shouldn't be disappointed with this one. It is definitely one of my favorites for the year.
I am a Special Education teacher. I grew up in Ashland, Oregon, but have lived most of my life in Hawaii. My favorite reading/listening genres are history and historical fiction.
I stayed up all night listening to this book, I couldn't stop. Can't say I enjoyed it though. The setting, the characters, the plot, and especially the racism - it was all just so painful! When it was finally over I felt so relieved that I have never set foot in rural Mississippi!
I enjoyed this book almost as much as I enjoyed, The Help. I say almost just because it wasn't as long. Like The Help, the different narrators in Mudbound added a level of enjoyment to the story that I would never have experienced had I read the book on my own. Once the story began, I did not stop listening nor did I need to 'rewind'. The story flows from the first sentence to the last, a 'down to earth (or mud)' kind of story that tugs at my heart long after I've finished.
This is in the same realm as The Kitchen House. I could not stop listening to it.
When my book club chose this book, I thought "Oh no, another "issues" book. It was, but not in the way I expected. It brought a whole new understanding for me and I will remember the story for a long time. I recommended it to my husband. There were issues but told through the eyes of WW2 veterans, farm wives who are trapped in toil and the cruelty to a race that lasted well into the 20th century. All a different take on the stories we like to glorify about the rural south. My only complaint is with the recording which on multiple occasions repeated itself for a few lines.
I loved the story and all but one of the narrators (Jamie's character). Unfortunately the audiobook did not download properly and skipped a bunch of chapters. By then, I was so in to the story, I bought it on Kindle and started when the audio left off. Hope it doesn't happen to you, but be warned.
My name is Ted and my wife is Sandy. I am a school teacher in Montana. I teach math and History. I live on 40 acres south of Great Falls.
I liked heraing about the deep south. They live totally different lives then I know.
I did not like the scene in the barn.
Good book the coming of age of young people in the deep south blacks, whites, women, and the old order of things.
Humanitarian Aid Worker living in Central Asia.
While this book is very atmospheric and the voices are well done, I didn't care much for the essence of the story. It sounded like the writer was trying to write like Welty and Faulkner and so many other writers. The ending was ho-hum.