Libro insolito per Grisham, così lontano dal mondo degli avvocati dalle parcelle esorbitanti degli altri libri.
Tuttavia, per chi volesse fare un salto in un'America più vicina agli scenari nostrani, fatta di famiglie unite di lavoratori, di persone timorate di Dio ma al contempo di abiezioni insospettate, della voglia di difendere la propria terra ma anche di fuggire da essa, verso le fabbriche di automobili del Nord, verso la paga facile, verso un mondo in cui le case sono dipinte... beh allora questo libro è da leggere.
First came Mark Twain with his Huck Finn, then follwed Harper Lee's Scout, finally John Grisham with Luke Chandler.
Growing up in the Deep South is a great advenure, even if one just witnesses things happen in other people's life. Luke is an hero in the way he can keep secrets (and he is burdened with them until the very last page), and he really shows a great courage. The picture of the life of sharecroppers and farmers in excellent and one really have to compare his/her life to the daily labours of the Chandlers before complaining for hard work.
Fluently written and gripping.
Once John Grisham decides to quit legal thriller is for a very goood reason indeed!
Cotton-picking season in 1952 rural Arkansas seen through the eyes of a seven-year old boy. His escape from all the hardships of farming is baseball - listening to radio broadcasts of the Cards' games is almost the only family leisure, and he dreams of running away from it all one day and becoming a Cardinal himself....Continua
I wasn't sure I would like this novel since it's not Grisham's usual legal thriller, but I loved the characters. This turned out to be one of my favorite books.
This book is one of a handful where Grisham has departed from his usual courtroom drama genre. I was really impressed with his writing here. This is a richly detailed and enthralling character-driven period tale told from the point of view of a 7 year-old boy during his last cotton harvest on his grandparents' Arkansas farm....Continua