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This description may be from another edition of this product. Ever since he published The Firm in 1991, John Grisham has remained the undisputed champ of the legal thriller. With A Painted House, however, he strikes out in a new direction. As the author is quick...

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A painted House - Grisham at his best

Steering away from the law genre of his previous novels and going back to his roots, Grisham has written what i consider to be his best book yet.Set in 1950's rural Arkansas, our protagonist and hero, 7 year old Luke, becomes enveloped in a world he knows nothing about. When the 'Hill people' and the Mexicans come to work on Luke's farm, picking cotton, Luke's idealistic world changes into one where violence and brutality seem quite normal. But somehow Grisham pushes this to the background, and instead stuns the reader with an evocation of a land and life he knew as a child. Perhaps he is, in a way, recounting some event of his own childhood, for we come to know little Luke and his family, the beautiful girl he is in love with and the violent men who stain his life, as if they were real. You turn page after page, desperate to know what will happen next, not wanting to leave Luke's world for a second. And whem you do finish the book, it's almost as if you've lost something very dear to you, for you have become a part of little Luke's life - you share his laughter, you share his pain, you understand his confusion. For those of you who thought that a change from break-neck speed law novels would provide less interesting reading, you will be sorely disappointed. Another cracking read from a cracking writer.

A Hard Life Through Young Eyes

As an ex-country boy, now living in the city, A Painted House really struck a chord with me. Farm life is tough. The people who live on farms have to be tougher or they won't survive. I felt John Grisham captured this observation beautifully.We look at cotton farming in Arkansas in the 1950s during harvest. We experience the many different apprehensions involved with this season. That of hiring hill folk and the Mexicans, what the weather will do, whether the price will be high or low, will the Cardinals have a winning season.The big strength of this book is the way the characters are brought to life so wonderfully. We experience their joys over simple pleasures such as sitting on the verandah listening to baseball, the loneliness of farm-life, despair of ever finishing harvest, wariness of the strangers employed, intermingled with the acceptance of the life they lead.Sure it's not what you'd normally expect from a Grisham book and yes, we're not glued to our seats with heart-hammering courtroom drama, but so what? We experience the drama of racing to bring the crop in, the troubles that come from mixing people of different backgrounds together, and life on the land as it was in the 1950s.I can't recommend this book highly enough for anyone who enjoys looking back on simpler times.

Good

A change of pace, but not quite as much as the reviews would have you believe. The tone is not that dissimilar from other Grisham novels, and it is still a thriller (probably the best thriller I've read since Craig Furrnas' THE SHAPE) involving a murder, which is very Grisham. And it takes place in the South. So I recommend it highly.
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