Free shippingBuy it now or Best offer
|Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers and two very dangerous men came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke's world. A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born ... and someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives and change his family and his town forever.... From the Paperback edition.|
|Number Of Pages||576 pages|
|Edition Description||Large Type|
|Series||John Grisham Ser.|
|Publisher||Random House Large Print|
|"John Grisham is about as good a storyteller as we've got."The New York Times Book Review "The kind of book you read slowly because you don't want it to end ... John Grisham takes command of this literary category just as forcefully as he did legal thrillers withThe Firm.... Never let it be said this man doesn't know how to spin a good yarn."Entertainment Weekly "Characters that no reader will forget. .. prose as clean and strong as any Grisham has yet laid down ... and a drop-dead evocation of a time and place that mark this novel as a classic slice of Americana."Publishers Weekly "Some of the finest dialogue of his career ... Every detail rings clear and true, and nothing is wasted."Seattle Times Read all of John Grisham's #1New York Timesbestsellers: The Brethren The Testament The Street Lawyer The Partner The Runaway Jury The Rainmaker The Chamber The Client The Pelican Brief The Firm A Time to Kill Available from Dell Coming soon! The Summons The new novel by John Grisham Available from Doubleday From the Paperback edition.|
Average review score based on 38 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I watched the movie version of this book a few years ago & really liked it. I did not think it was a great movie but it was a very good movie. After reading this wonderful literary piece I tried watching the movie again & it is all I can do to force myself to watch another 10-15 minutes every day. After reading the book I now I believe the movie is not good at all. There is so much stuff left out of the movie; even more than usual when books go to the big screen. On top of that the viewer didn’t get into the thoughts of Luke Chandler nearly as much as they would if reading the book. This is not meant as a movie review however so I’ll continue with my book analysis.
This book is one of the best I’ve ever read. I loved the fact that the story took place just a few dozen miles from the area where I have lived my entire life but without a great story line that would not have mattered a whole lot. I have been through Black Oak Arkansas a few times but will never travel there again without thinking of John Grisham. Before, I only thought of the 70’s rock band Black Oak Arkansas but they will be a second thought from now on. The book mentions several north east Arkansas towns including Jonesboro several times as well as Paragould 3 or 4 times.
This is one of those books I will recommend to anyone I talk with in the future if the subject of books or reading comes to light. This book will make the reader appreciate the hard work that went on in the cotton fields over 50 years ago and it will probably make them glad they did not grow up on the Chandler farm. That is until the end of the book and for a few pages the reader will perhaps feel as though they missed out on something special by not living on that farm.
I also listened to the audiobook & here are my thoughts on that:
David Lansbury does a great job with the different characters in this book. When he speaks the quotes by Pappy he sounds just like a farmer who would not take any back talk from youngins. When he speaks Grams part he sounds exactly like an elderly southern lady. He did such a great job with the different voices at first I thought perhaps there was more than 1 reader involved in this project. That was not the case however; Lansbury did the entire work by himself I believe. He did such a good job I went to eBay & another site that sells audiobooks for the purpose of finding more books read by David Lansbury. Both places returned only one product & that of course was A Painted House.
I loved the book as it was written for the early 1950's when life was simple and work was very hard . In the south , cotton was King and it was the lifeblood of all sharecroppers who depended on their cotton to make a good living or at least to stay alive from year to year sharing their crops with the wealthy landowners who lived very well on the sweat and tears of the sharecroppers . There was very little industry thus the hill people and the mexicans picked the cotton . I recall planting and picking the same stoneville cotton wheni was a young man in the 50's and could pick 200 lbs easily in a day without breaking a sweat . That was a total of 6 dollars which we were paid 3 cents per pound picking the cotton . The book tells the story well and it is fact that many families had to leave the country and move to the city to find work . All in all , this book is easy to read and shows how people lived a better quality of life back then . The area of which this book was based is a great deal like the area which i grew up and the times were hard but the family was very close as we ate our dinner in the fields and quit at sundown and like in the book , in the morning we would be so wet for the dew it would be at least 9 am before we began drying out . This is a very good book to read . I think if we could turn time back , all the young people need to try their luck at picking 200 to 500 pounds of cotton a day but that would be an injustice in our screwed up world today . Most likely children who would pick cotton today would be taken away from their parents as most city slickers would think this would be cruel and unusual punishment rather than making a living and make ends meet . We as children pulled a nine foot sack full of cotton , packed well to get another few pounds in the sack . what a life , never will forget it . All of our teenagers need some of this therapy , hard work which will take their minds off of trouble and strife. People were much happier then than now and always will be as myself and others my age knew how to work without any supervision . Again , this book reminds me of the same things we did , raise a large garden every year and filled our freezers up to the top for winter coming on . Hope everyone enjoyed this book as much as i did . When the cotton pickers were made that was the beginning of the end of the picking by hand and technology made it possible for the farmers to end the use of pickers and they faded into history making their way to the steel mills in indiana and the car manufacturers in the north where the majority of the ones who lived on the land moved to for a living . I beleive we permitted technology move too fast too soon which made it much harder on the young ones .
I have to admit, I'm not a big John Grisham fan. Don't get me wrong--I think his writing has merit, and I also think he's a master of suspense and at making legal jargon understandable for the common man. However, I decided to pick this book up after learning about its setting (rural Arkansas), since the area is one my family has lived in for generations.
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the novel, and I think it elevated Grisham to a new status. It reads more like a "literary" book, and its story causes the reader to draw parallels to books like The Grapes of Wrath. There's an unexpected ending like most Grisham books, but it's definitely not over the top. This book is understated--and in some ways, "painted" across the page much like the title states. It's a good read, but does not have nearly the entertainment value of some of Grisham's other novels. If you're into the mystery and suspense of the others, don't read this one. You'll probably be disappointed.
I loved this book, but if you are looking for Grisham's usual lawyer antics, this is not the one for you. It tells a beautiful story of a seven-year-old boy growing up in a small, lowland Arkansas town, where life on the farm was really hard, but also rewarding. The characters are wonderful and the relationships between them and the boy are heartwarming and nicely drawn. There is some violence, but only what is pretty appropriate to the era (the fifties) and the farming community. I particularly loved the insight given into how people in the town looked at the events of the day, how they gossiped, observed their religions, worried about the son in Korea, listened to baseball games on the radio, judged each other one minute, but in the next minute they were there to help.
This book is defintely not a John Grisham thriller but rather a story of a seven-year old boy on a southern cotton farm and his experiences with the hired pickers from the mountains (crazy people here) and the Mexicans and how hard they worked. The book is very well written, easy to read and is a step back in time. It brings back memories of no air conditioning and hot summer nights when you couldn't sleep... I am not finished with the book and I hate to think of it ending.