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Whistle: A Novel

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Roper is illiterate. He is a poor, hard-working black man in the unforgiving heart of south Georgia, striving each day to put distance between his new life and his probation for a petty crime one year earlier. His routine is his savior: At sunrise he mounts the tractor belonging to Math Taylor, a prominent white landowner, and grooms the vast grounds of the Taylor home -- ...more
Published February 17th 1998 by Harper
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I picked this book up randomly off a used book store shelf. It was entertaining and difficult to put down. Interesting characters. Realistic portrait of poverty. However, the ending was a bit anticlimactic. I personally don't think that ruined the book or causes regret for reading it- but I bet for some people it might. For me the the themes and writing overshadow that and make it a nice short poignant read.
This COULD have been a great book. It was VERY slow starting, going on and on about Roper and what he did. I just about gave it up and moved on to another book when finally, something good. The focus turned to Louise and her secret relationship. Had the book focused on that as the main plot and had Roper as a side story, it might have been a really good book. As it is, though, its only okay.

I think the story about Louise and her lover should have really been more developed. The first half of th
I really enjoyed this book and breezed through it! Pulled me in from the first few pages and had me biting my nails!! (I haven't bit my nails in more than a decade!!)

Wonderful writing style!! Loved it!
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Janice Daugharty is artist in residence at Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College, in Tifton, Georgia. Her latest novel, "Two Shades of Morning," is now available, in ebook and print, at most online and traditional book stores, as well as libraries. This is Daugharty's tenth published novel. She wrote for ten years without publishing a single short story or novel, then finally captured the attention ...more
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