Story line: 10
Character Development: 9
I really enjoyed the story, it's told from a narrative of a boy that is 6 years old growing up on a cotton farm in 1952. The story is being retold as the boy is an adult although no present tense references are made... A 7 year old would not have the communication skills to convey this story as it was told...
Very intense at times can be played in front of the children no touchy subjects or language.... The ending was really a surprise. It just ends, I kept waiting for an epilog, but none came... Just kinda leaves you hanging, I don't believe enough story is left for a squeal so I give it low marks on plot, and length...
The characters are very real, it almost seems as if I knew them personally at the end of the book.
When John Grisham spoke at my graduation from Arkansas State University, I felt a bit guilty for not having read any of his works. The truth is though that I am not a huge fan of fiction. As a historian, I find the truth to be much more interesting then anything which can be imagined. This book beckoned me though as it takes place in the state where I grew up. It was very entertaining to listen to Lucas' story of life in the cotton. One of my friends, a good bit older then myself, responded to my inquiry on whether he had read this book with, "I remember being one of the hill people." It's a simple, sweet, and warm little story about the rough but honest life that some folks in Arkansas still live. You can find this kind of poverty still if you go farther south into the delta. I'm not much on Lawyer stories but I think Mr. Grisham hit a home run with this one. Iwonder if it was a St. Louis Cardinals homerun.
I won't say I didn't enjoy this story, but if you are looking for plot twists and action moments (or a real page turner) then avoid this book. The characters aer fascinating and often reminded me of my own family in rural Arkansas. They are believable in a remarkably unbelievable way. No single, dramatic plot develops. Instead you get a life story with a few thrills that are told in a linear fashion with little, if any, suspense. Overall, a good listen or read, but it isn't as captivating as other Grisham works.
This is a story about a family trying to eke out a living raising cotton in rural 1952 Arkansas as told from the perspective of the seven year old son. It's a good story, capably read. After some of the stuff he's turned in lately, it's nice to go back and be reminded how good Grisham once was.
Grisham does a tremendous job capturing the world of a 7-year old boy in rural Arkansas for the reader as vividly as if you were there. Excellent plot/setting, well narrated too.
Not your typical Grisham book in terms of subject matter, but the quality of his writing is constant throughout.
It's a good story and there are many good passages, but it's very wordy and way too long. Do writers get paid by the page? I find this to be a common problem.
While I enjoyed the story line and story telling of Mr.Grishams book (of the normal for him) I felt to be unrealistic as being told from a 7 year old point of view. Meaning how could a 7 year old have such thought of lust for a 17 year old women? I also felt it ended a little abruptly, I wanted to know, did the house get finished, did his father get a job, did his brother come home from Korea and so on.
I am a big Grisham fan and I did enjoy the story, but the reader had a little too mush "air" in his voice and I found it hard to get used to.
Grisham is a "details" writer and is very good at that. Especially in this book. Several twists and turns made segments of the book great but this particular book was a looonnng listen. I found myself wanting to fast forward to get to the end as several areas dragged by. As Grisham goes, I'd say this is not his best work. Probably the abridged edition goes at a better clip. I did enjoy Grisham's use of the 7-year old's perspective to tell the story of a rural Arkansas cotton farming family.
I write my reviews under my wife Karen's account. Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; actor; director; producer. Biography & History focus
Grisham has lately been diverging from the fare that made him famous and this work is a prime example of the problems he faces in so doing. While the narrative is interesting and, in places compelling, the characters are not as completely developed as in his courtroom dramas. While I found this an "interesting" read, I did not find it an "enjoyable" read. The narrative wanders a bit too much and I found myself drifting off and thinking about what I would fix for dinner! Recommended - but not highly so.