This is, so far as I know, Grisham's second or third departure from his legal thrillers. A Painted House is serious fiction, and I admit being surprised because I didn't think Grisham could write this well. The Innocent Man October 2006 marks his first foray into non-fiction. Beside capturing the mind of a child, the author also captures well the class hierarchy in a small southern farming community. The story takes place over the next two months as these characters interact and pick cotton.
And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives — and change his family and his town forever. There is Luke and his family, sharecroppers and migrant workers from Mexico and the Ozarks. Here Luke tells the story and it is one that grips the reader. With all the dangerous people finally out of their lives, the Chandlers nevertheless encounter more bad fortune, as the rains get abnormally heavy and ruin the rest of their cotton crop. And someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. A Painted House, John Grisham A Painted House is a 2001 novel by American author John Grisham. As the back cover suggests, A Painted House reminded me of books like To Kill a Mockingbird and Huck Finn.
How does the Chandler household measure up to your own memories or impressions of that era? From the back cover: Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. This is, after all, the scene of his boyhood, and Grisham waxes nostalgic without ever succumbing to deep-fried sentimentality. This is the type of story that really makes you appreciate the luxuries of modern day technology. I have read several of his previous works and I found this novel to be a refreshing change, for the writer. I was also happy about Luke and his parents starting something new that was going to be good. With A Painted House, however, he strikes out in a new direction.
Story is told through the eyes of seven-year-old Luke Chandler, the youngest in a family of cotton farmers struggling to harvest their crop and earn enough to settle their debts. I have read several of his previous works and I found this novel to be a refreshing change, for the writer. A Painted House Book Description Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. This was a pretty darn good A surprisingly good book. The pillows and blankets were stacked near the fan.
This, however, was an awesome story. The dialogue and descriptions were totally believable, and really took me to that era and place. They were paid for every hundred pounds of cotton they picked. Amazingly I had never ever heard of this Grisham work until I read the book. Edward Morris is a Nashville-based writer.
Well he absolutely nailed it. I wonder if Grisham had written this under a pseudonym if it would have been taken more seriously. This book is a wonderful read for any age. The characters were engaging enough although the plot did seem to drag a little bit and left you feeling like the auther was searching for a plot in a rambling sort of way. Story is told through the eyes of seven-year-old Luke Chandler, the youngest in a family of cotton farmers struggling to harvest their crop and earn enough to settle their debts.
From the troubles that come from Cotton farming to racial issues and poverty issues along with dreams of a better life this book is amazing. He just sounded really really grown up! A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. This is an interesting description that tells nothing and everything about the book : First, the only thing about this book that is Grisham-like is that it takes place in the South. Written from the viewpoint of 7yr old Luke who is the Chandler family's son, the book covers a season of cotton picking along with all of the details and drama the cotton farmer experiences as a result of mother nature. Put it on your bedside table pile. For a long time I've enjoyed his legal thrillers, but after a while I suspected each book would be exactly the same as the last with the only difference being the plot.
But A Painted House suggests that he's perfectly capable of telling an involving story with nary a subpoena in sight. The story begins in September as they hire a group of Mexicans and a family from the hills to help pick cotton. The men will find something to worry about. I finished it anyway and was really disappointed. Flush with his winnings, Hank decides he doesn't want to pick cotton anymore. Luke tries to make it home without Cowboy noticing, but Cowboy catches Luke and threatens the lives of Luke's family if Luke should ever tell what happened.
Well he absolutely nailed it. Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. Meanwhile, his account of Luke's Baptist upbringing occasions some sly and telling humor: I'd been taught in Sunday school from the day I could walk that lying would send you straight to hell. Little boy signs the account book at the store for something he is buying. When this book first came out I couldn't wait to read it and I fell in love with his ability to tell a heartfelt, meaningful story having nothing to do with law. The boy had me laughing at times with some of his silly pranks. At the beginning of the book, Luke accompanies his grandfather to pick up two groups of migrant workers who will help with the harvest that summer.