I loved the way the author spun this tale of rural Southern America as told from the perspective both men and women, white and black in a post World War II Mississippi delta farm area. I loved it more than John Grisham's "A Painted House" and that is high praise.
Kurt really hit the nail on the head with this story that routes you through the mid 1800s from Europe to New York through the Midwest on to Gold Rush California. In many scenes readers meet real people like Darwin and Walt Whitman. The story uses characters you will be able to recognize and who do amazing and ordinary things. I wish it wasn't over.
I am a huge fan of this era and I know a lot about the characters. If I hadn't, I would have been completely lost. The author and narrator combine to deliver a complete disaster. Unlike Edward Rutherfurd or Ildefonso Falcones this author was unable to pull off the necessary threading that ties together a story like this.
Mr Kellerman proves the point very well that "People with a limited imagination often find themselves resorting to vulgarity". I can't tell you whether the plot ever got anywhere because the first 20 minutes was a combination of confused plot jumps and language that would make a sailor blush. Having grown up in New York and spending three years in the Army, I am no prude. I have heard and used my fair share of salty language. But the way the author used it in this book only served to ruin the content. It was so bad I simply quit listening altogether. Too bad because I have heard he does decent stuff but I won't waste my time on him again.
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