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The King Is Dead

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  78 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Returning a hero from the battlefields of World War II, Walter Selby settles into a charmed domestic life in Memphis. But in a few brief moments, Walter sees his life and his world fracture and split apart, driving him to commit a terrible crime.

Many years later, Frank Cartwright ponders his next move. His film career has left him wealthy but incomplete. When a director a
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 12th 2004 by Vintage (first published July 22nd 2003)
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Martin
I never feel compelled to review anything on goodreads, but I bought this book because of the Eugenides blurb and am now absolutely mad about this book. Interesting characters, frequently amazing prose.. If you get half a chance, read this book!
Randa
I absolutely love the sentences here; the book's neat split between the father and the son's points of view; the settings and the dialogue. Awesome.
Sharon
I bought this book because it had blurb by Jeffrey Eugenides, one of my favorite authors. I'm that glad that he introduced me to a local author that I'd never heard of.

The book contains one of the most dramatic transformations of a man that I've ever read. An optimistic, loving, successful speechwriter is reduced to confusion and regret after he and others do some things they shouldn't have.

I liked structure of the book. The five page prelude gives us the history of the main character spanning f
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Kirstie
Aug 29, 2011 Kirstie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in lineage, complex stories of families
As someone earlier reviewed, I also bought and read this book because of the favorable Jeffrey Eugenides review. That said, this isn't really close to the caliber of Eugenides's best work (Middlesex imo) but does show promise for this author. This is a complex book about race, politics, and family. I thought the greatest moments of the novel were centered on the father who is a speech writer to the governor. I also thought another strength of this novel were the insights into humanity shown here ...more
nigelicious
An engrossing telling of two connected stories. Grim in its realistic portrayal of love, regret and consequence. Some really beautifully written passages throughout.

"We say, ah, but a life is short: A shout, a kiss, a bell. So it is, and the instant shutters, the life is done: what survives?"
Mark
Love love love this book, Jim Lewis is a fantastic writer...so where the hell did he go? He seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. Google can't even find recent news about him, so I have to assume he's in the witness protection program.
Elizabeth
Very fluid for the first two-thirds of the book, then seems a little forced; however, the switch in era would dictate a different meter. Unfortunately, I could see what Mr. Lewis was trying to do, but the ending just didn't quite hit the mark.
Lindsay
I started off enjoying this book, but found that about half way through the story went off on a bit of a tangent which didn't really hold my interest.
Kate
Lots of sad people in this book. Yet another one that I wanted to give 3.5 stars.
Catherine
The most amazing book...a masterpiece of emotion and story telling. Wow.
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Jim Lewis, born 1963 in Cleveland, Ohio, is an American novelist. Soon after he was born, his family moved to New York; there, and in London, he was raised. He received a degree in philosophy from Brown University in 1984, and an M.A. in the same subject from Columbia University, before deciding to leave academia.

Since then, he has published three novels, Sister (published by Graywolf in 1993), Wh
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