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What's more, tensions begin to simmer between the Mexicans and the hill people, one of whom has a penchant for bare-knuckles brawling. This leads to a brutal murder, which young Luke has the bad luck to witness. At this point--with secrets, lies, and at least one knife fight in the offing--the plot begins to take on that familiar, Grisham-style momentum. Still, such matters ultimately take a back seat in A Painted House to the author's evocation of time and place. This is, after all, the scene of his boyhood, and Grisham waxes nostalgic without ever succumbing to deep-fried sentimentality. Meanwhile, his account of Luke's Baptist upbringing occasions some sly (and telling) humor:
I'd been taught in Sunday school from the day I could walk that lying would send you straight to hell. No detours. No second chances. Straight into the fiery pit, where Satan was waiting with the likes of Hitler and Judas Iscariot and General Grant. Thou shalt not bear false witness, which, of course, didn't sound exactly like a strict prohibition against lying, but that was the way the Baptists interpreted it.Whether Grisham will continue along these lines, or revert to the judicial shark tank for his next book, is anybody's guess. But A Painted House suggests that he's perfectly capable of telling an involving story with nary a subpoena in sight. --James Marcus --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is a cotton pick-in story that brings the reader into the worries and secrets of a poor Arkansas farming family during the harvest. Read morePublished 7 months ago by MS
My favourite author strikes again! Mr. Grisham has created another tantalizing tale for us to enjoy. Intriguing to the mind!Published 18 months ago by WhiteWitch
Boring! I can easily read a book in a day and a half. It took me weeks to finish this book.Published on April 17 2013 by Sharon Ryan
The book arrived in great shape....however the only negative thing is that it took so long.
It took just about a month to get here. Read more
This book is life changing. I read it a year ago, and I still can't stop thinking about the characters or the wonderful storyline itself. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2005 by Starkweather,
I agree with another reviewer that this book had a very "Steinbeck" sort of flavor to it. At the time I read it, I couldn't put my finger on that, but looking back it... Read morePublished on July 27 2004
1ST let me say I love John Grisham but this was not one of his best works. It was if the story just ended. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Tanya McDonald
Having corn flakes with powdered milk (no water) isn't as dry as this book. I found myself (much like I did with The Catcher in the Rye)reading only because I kept waiting for... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Daniel E. Donche Jr.
I was into the book and enjoying the way the story was being told. Unfortunately, the loose ends never got "tied up. Read morePublished on July 9 2004