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Mudbound

A Novel
Jordan, Hillary (eBook - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Mudbound


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In 1946, Laura McAllan tries to adjust after moving with her husband and two children to an isolated cotton farm in the Mississipi Delta.
Authors: Jordan, Hillary, 1963-
Title: Mudbound
a novel
[electronic resource]
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2009, c2008.
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (339 p.)
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: 2008.
"Winner of the Bellwether Prize for fiction"--Cover.
Summary: In 1946, Laura McAllan tries to adjust after moving with her husband and two children to an isolated cotton farm in the Mississipi Delta.
Local Note: 23
Alternate Title: Mudbound (eBook)
ISBN: 9781565126374
1565126378
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Set just post WW2 in the rural south USA where racism is dominant and womens emancipation far off, this story is told in the voices of each character dominating the chapter. It's well written, depicting the thoughts and attitudes of the main characters with a sure hand and an empathy you can feel. It builds to a violent climax that leaves you shaken at the injustice of it and it's inevitability.

Report This Nov 08, 2013
  • mrs_sweeney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great story of an ugly time in a grimy setting. The backdrop is great. The author makes you feel the grime of the landscape not only how it invades the dwellings but invades the characters. This was a quick, easy read since there aren't any fillers to take up pages just a terrific moving story. I'm not a fan of the speaker per chapter style but the author does make it work. The characters were real and I feel like everyone would know people like them. Thanks to the author for such an enjoyable read.

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  • mrs_sweeney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great story of an ugly time in a grimy setting. The backdrop is great. The author makes you feel the grime of the landscape not only how it invades the dwellings but invades the characters. This was a quick, easy read since there aren't any fillers to take up pages just a terrific moving story. I'm not a fan of the speaker per chapter style but the author does make it work. The characters were real and I feel like everyone would know people like them. Thanks to the author for such an enjoyable read.

Report This Aug 18, 2013
  • bloom rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A quick read. Enjoyed the writing style and flow to each character. They are believable and each easily draws you in to their story, especially Laura. A good first novel for the author.

Report This Jul 22, 2013
  • smc01 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An amazing first novel - Jordan is a talented and promising writer. Her characters are compelling and real, and I cared deeply about them. She has a special way of summing things up with just the right words.

Report This May 18, 2013
  • thart rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Read for Bookies fiction book club CLPL for May 2013. I finished the book the night before and then promptly missed going to book club because I was grading finals. This double angered me because I did not like the book at all, and since I missed book club I basically read it for no benefit whatsoever. Different characters narrate each chapter, rotating between a few of them. I do not feel like the writer captured the voices of each person very well, and much less successfully than other recent books that have done the same thing (like The Help). It was a farm, life sucked, and people were racist. Not a big shocker for 1940s Mississippi and definitely a cliche. I would not recommend wasting your time reading this one, I definitely want those hours of my life back. It was boring and not thought-provoking at all.

Report This Aug 13, 2012
  • gr8_reader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Jordan is an excellent writer but I didn't find the story all that spellbinding... the character development was great at first but then became a bit hollow...

Report This Jul 25, 2012
  • rsenots rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

.I read this last summer and could not put it down. Awesome book, with people and places that you will remember for a long time. This is her first novel and after I finished it I had a kind of mourning that it was over! So I tried to find another book ion the same kind of feel and couldn't find anything until Meg Mitchell Moore's "The Arrivals" which helped me go into another land of great characters and prose (and her first novel as well!).

Report This Jul 21, 2012
  • bbaby4 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found myself caring deeply for these characters, simply etched by the writer. And the story was very engaging. A very good read.

Report This Jul 07, 2012
  • sharonb122 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read "When She Woke" first and read the comments that "Mudbound" was much better--I agree! It deserves awards. The various characters tell the story, each were different and the writing suited their background but each eloquent in their own way. This portrait of history and setting is graphic and brings home serious topics of racism, male/female relationships, war, PTSD, religion and others. there is compeling plot with surprising and sometimes ironic twists and realistic characters. In the end there is tragedy and sadness, but also some elements of hope, kindness, courage and and even some triumph. This is a MUST READ!

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