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"A hard-bitten drama set in the Deep South in the middle of the last century – I immediately thought of William Faulkner …. Passions explode. It grips." (Evening Standard)
"Evocative and eloquently told … Mudbound is a powerful and heart-breaking story of injustice, race and family; and though it’s not always an easy read, it is ultimately an important one" (Culturefly)
"Mudbound by Hillary Jordan is a powerful and relevant read in this Trump era where jingoism and racism is at fever pitch… The American struggle against Nazism and racism couldn’t be more pertinent to our times and this book depicts the unfairness and cruelty of prejudice and racial discrimination with blinding insight. If you are a fan of gripping and deeply resonant novels like Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and The Help ,then I highly recommend you to buy Mudbound" (BookRiot)
"A page-turning read that conveys a serious message without preaching" (Observer)
"This is storytelling at the height of its powers: the ache of wrongs not yet made right, the fierce attendance of history made as real as rain, as true as this minute. Hillary Jordan writes with the force of a Delta storm" (Barbara Kingsolver)
When I think of the farm, I think of mud...There was no defeating it. The mud coated everything. I dreamed in brown.See all Product description
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Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Laura McAllan and her husband Henry leave the comfort of their city and move to Mississippi delta, with their two daughters and Henry’s father, to fulfil Henry’s dream of owning a farm. Laura despises the difficult life on the farm but compromises for her husband’s sake. Her life gets worse on the farm till Henry’s brother, Jamie returns from the military and fills Laura’s life with new zeal.
On the outside, Jamie appears to be a happy-go-lucky and brave war hero but on the inside, he is scarred from the events that he witnessed during the war. He turns to alcohol and women to distract himself from the pain that never subsides. He strikes an unlikely friendship with Ronsel Jackson who has also just returned home from war. Ronsel is the eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on McAllan’s farm. Their friendship is forbidden and unacceptable by the whites which eventually leads the story to its conclusion.
Points I Liked About Mudbound
Narration: The story is narrated by the six main characters in the book. Each chapter is the point of view (POV) of a particular character. Even with the point of view changing with each character, the story does not lose its flow. The writing is crisp and gripping. Every character’s inner voice is starkly different from the others and you will never feel confused about the character you are reading.
Story: The book throws light on how racism prevailed in America before the Civil Rights movement and how the blacks were treated contemptuously by the whites. I know this racism angle may sound boring but the writer has woven the story so beautifully that you will not feel that you are reading a historical novel. I found the story engaging enough to make me finish the book.
Points I Did Not Like About Mudbound
Nothing. I am not saying that the book is flawless. I am not well-versed with the evils of racism in the States so I would not be able to comment on the shortcomings of the writer’s depiction of the minority community. I liked the writing and how the story unravelled. By the end, I was content with the story and its conclusion. So, I have no major complains with Mudbound.
Final View: If you are looking for a quick-read and gripping tale on the evils of racism, then go for Mudbound. It is well written and quiet an interesting story.
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Anyone who enjoys great writing and a true life account of one place in time we'll love this book. No one will regret reading. Super enjoyable!
There were several times when reading this novel was hard to do. As an African American woman and mother of a young adult male, reading about the harrowing times of my people and our sons was a strain. The climatic scene with Ronsel will stay with me for awhile.
I didn't favor one character over another. Each was written true to the time and their respective station in life with no real surprises to their character or actions....just like the story itself.