There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
I had heard that this book was really different from other John Grisham novels, and that was certainly true! It was a much quieter, less suspenseful book... with not a mention of a lawyer in it. It was a really good period piece that gave a very complete picture of life in rural Arkansas in 1952. Grisham did a wonderful job of portraying the small details of farm life in a way that really made the scenes come to life. Descriptions of cooking breakfast on the farm had my mouth watering. Having the narrator of the story be the 7 year old boy, Luke, was interesting. The conflicts were somewhat suspenseful, but that is where I think the story was the most lacking. It seemed that there would be much more suspense, conflict, drama.... but the foreshadowing from the beginning that seemed to point to Cowboy, Tallie, and Hank never played out in a satisfying way. Somehow, although there definitely were conflicts, they didn't have enough suspense or drama for my taste and so seemed to lose their power. I guess I thought the main conflict was really the battle the Chandlers had with the land and the difficulties of living life on a farm in that era and in that place. Their life centered around their main house, which was unpainted. By the end, when the house was painted white due to a series of circumstances, it seemed to symbolize the conquest of their hardy spirits and their family love over adversity or the idea of a new beginning despite all that had gone on in their lives and on their farm.
I was captivated by the story as soon as I started to read 'A Painted House'. Not being your typical Grisham fair made me reluctant to read it. I finally did and it brought me back to my childhood every time I picked it up. It brought back the secrets that I had at that age. This book will do the same for you. I recently listened to the audio book and enjoyed the story even more. The narrator, David Lansbury, did a wonderful job in portraying a 7 year old with his soft tone.
I also am waiting for Grishams next venture into unknown territory.
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.
Grisham does a tremendous job of telling a story through the eyes of a 7 year old boy. The narration was wonderful. Very different from normal Grisham but certainly worth reading!
Upon completion of this story John Grisham went to the top of my list of favorite writers. He does an outstanding job of creating pictures in you minds eye. The ending was good. I could identify with the mother. She felt like I did when I finally left Caribou Me.
This novel is very different from the previous Grisham titles that I have read. I did not think I was enjoying the book, but I found that I was eager to get back to it when ever possible. Raised in the south, I could very much identify with the characters and how they approached the trials of their lives. The ending very much leaves the door open for a sequel. If a sequel does come along, I will read it.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
I usually go for thrillers, but this was just a good story. I'd recommend highly.
I tried to listen to this book, but it was so slow and meandering. After 5 hours, I gave it up. I am a huge John Grisham fan, but this book just didn't reach the mark.
I thought it was a wonderful book filled with secrets, rumors, and lies!!!!. . . . Being told from a ten year olds perspective was very interesting!!!