Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters more richly drawn than any Lehane has ever created, The Given Day tells the story of two families: one black, one white, swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power.
Beat cop Danny Coughlin, the son of one of the city's most beloved and powerful police captains, joins a burgeoning union movement and the hunt for violent radicals. Luther Laurence, on the run after a deadly confrontation with a crime boss in Tulsa, works for the Coughlin family and tries desperately to find his way home to his pregnant wife.
Here, too, are some of the most influential figures of the era: Babe Ruth; Eugene O'Neill; leftist activist Jack Reed; NAACP founder W. E. B. DuBois; Mitchell Palmer, Woodrow Wilson's ruthless Red-chasing attorney general; cunning Massachusetts governor Calvin Coolidge; and an ambitious young Department of Justice lawyer named John Hoover.
Coursing through some of the pivotal events of the time, including the Spanish Influenza pandemic and culminating in the Boston Police Strike of 1919, The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.
©2008 Dennis Lehane; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
"[An] engrossing epic....A vision of redemption and a triumph of the human spirit." (Publishers Weekly)
Based on the reviews I downloaded this book and found it completely fascinating. It was a page turner I rooted for several characters (which I rarely do). I would recommend this book to everyone I know.
I had trouble getting through the first 2 sections and almost stopped listening to it. The third section really picks up, though.
yes, with a lot of editing
However; too much profanity. Otherwise, a great story and a heart-warming ending.
Luther killing the "Deacon".
Luther--and of course, Danny.
A tale of two men
The reader did an incredible job narrating and changing his voices to fit each character.
I would listen to a story like this one in the future.
there were many memorable moments - I always enjoy when characters who lead separate lives come together and become part of the same story, when people of diverse cultures find more similarities than differences.
There were a lot of fav characters.
It's a good title
Definitely worth reading and the performance added a lot to the story.
The only part(s) I didn't like were the portions that included Babe Ruth. It didn't seem to flow with the story and could easily have been left out. (Our book club wondered if it was added in the editing process as it really felt crammed into the book.)
It was very hard to follow. It followed too many people for me feel attached to any of them.
I loved "live by night" so I thought I would like this one. I was very wrong.
I couldn't finish it. It was too distracting.
Michael Boatman's Boston and Irish accents.
A certain sophistication that is a part of his image.
Great frigging story!
East of Eden, Pillars of the Earth maybe because it pulls you in very quickly. The character development is phenomenal. I did not want to stop listening. Very good story, thought provoking and extremely entertaining.
I haven't but will look for them in the future. He did a great job.
If I could have I would have. It was really good.
I highly recommend this book. It goes on a very short list of all time favorites.
One of the most enjoyable.
The sensation of being there then.
The last scene of father and son in Boston.
NO! The history of our country is not always a pretty one or a nice one. Some of this book was just too intense, I had to take a break from it now and then. It was always easy to return to, I could not wait to finish it. I needed time to sort of digest the information, and I felt as if I was there, it felt very real to me.
We all have had history in school, my school gave us a “thumbnail” sketch of these times. I found this book to be compelling, and entertaining. I liked the characters, and the story. It did not feel contrived to me, and I feel it gives a clearer picture of what times were like in those good ‘ol days.
The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.
Let's start with the conclusion: Buy this audiobook now. Listen to it next. Then explore the other novels by Dennis Lehane. You will be very happy you did.
You don't so much listen to this novel as you experience it. Almost unique among the many audiobooks I have sampled, the combination here of compelling tale and superb narration transport you to Boston (and Oklahoma) almost 100 years ago. There, you are greeted with dynamic memorable characters and several interlocking plot lines, all leavened by enough history to ground the tales and make them believable.
You will remember the stories long after the audio is over; and, if you are like me, you will grow to *know* the characters as you *know* your neighbors. You become part of their world and they seem to become part of yours. Yes, I know that sounds melodramatic. So listen to the audiobook and see if you disagree.
You will also be reminded of our world of not so long ago.
If you have forgotten the biases and prejudices of our past, the intense class consciousness of the then-1%, the casual disregard for the life of the lower classes ... well, you will be reminded pointedly.
But you will also be reminded that such faults did not, and do not, define us. That there are many who rise above them, or struggle through them, and that it is they who are the heros of our world ~ not marquee heroes, but everyday ones.
This is Lehane's greatest work and is well worth the investment of time to hear it through.
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