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The Store
 
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Thomas S. Stribling
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The Store (The Vaiden Trilogy #2)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  263 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1933, The Store is the second novel of Stribling's monumental trilogy set in the author's native Tennessee Valley region of North Alabama. The novel's action begins in 1884, when Grover Cleveland became the first Democratic president since the end of the Civil War, and it centers about the emergence of Colonel Miltiades Vaiden as a figure of w...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Buccaneer Books (first published 1932)
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Agnes Mack
The Store is the 2nd book in the T.S. Stribling Vaiden series. I've already reviewed the first book, The Forge, and most everything I have to say about this book was summed up in that review. The rating has been raised, as a result of the fact that I'm currently about 1,500 pages into the series and am nowhere near ready for it to be over. That's saying something.

One thing that was different in this book was that there was a new fat character, and apparently her entirely personality was that of...more
KJ
In short, this book is pretty much the complete opposite of "The Help."
Ben
The Store by Thomas Sigismund (TS) Stribling won the Pulitzer in 1933 and is the 2nd in his Vaiden trilogy. This book takes place in November of 1884 as Grover Cleveland is being elected the first Democratic President since the Civil War. The book's main character is Miltiades (Milt) Vaiden a former Colonel in the Confederate Army and KKK member. In this book taking place some years after the first (the Forge) he is married and has no money. The book focuses on the post-war relations between the...more
Roxanne Russell
This was a difficult book to read because it so matter-of-factly presents the racism of Reconstruction era Alabama. The recently freed slaves are little better off than they were before. As one character states: "The white people made the law to use for the white people." It might have been easier if I could think of it as a relic of the past, but as a native of Alabama and member of a large Alabama family, I know too well how these same attitudes still find places to linger.

The most surprising...more
Maria
This book should be required reading for everyone in America. An unflinching portrayal of race relations in the deep south after The Civil War and during the Reconstruction Era, it holds no punches. With the end of the Civil War and slavery, Colonel Miltiades Vaiden has lost his jobs as the overseer of a cotton plantation, a Confederate Army officer, and a Ku Klux Klan leader. He is adrift and trying to clamor his way back into the middle class. He has virtually no redeeming qualities and I hate...more
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Dec 30, 2012 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cindi by: Pat Kelley
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I'm not surprised the way black people were still being treated 20 years after the Civil War here. It's almost like nothing changed.
I know Governor O'Shawn's character was actually Governor O'Neal not much a stretch there. The streets he mentioned are all still here except Market Street and I think that's Court Street now but I'm not sure. BeShear's Crossroads may be Threet's Crossroads again I'm not sure about that. I've read that Roger's Dept store was suppose to be The Store but he...more
Jeanne
"The Store" is the second book in a trilogy by Tom (T.S.) Stribling.
It has a cast of wonderfully flawed characters and it reveals much about the practices in the South after the Civil War.

"The Store" was published in 1932 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1933.
Stribling was reviled by his townspeople ever after because they believed that Miltiades, the main character, who gained a foothold on wealth by cheating a man who had cheated his family 20 years earlier, was based on an actual merchant in the...more
Danielle
Wow....this was hard to get through. Can't tell if I am for M. Vaiden or not. I almost felt sorry for the man but in the end I am disgusted. I am still compelled to read the other 2 novels in this trilogy.
Barbara Bakken
Fantastic book -- completely surprised me.
Debbie
Set 20 years after the Civil War which freed the slaves of the plantations around Florence, Alabama, those living there are still trying to sort out the relationships and rights of both white and black residents. The Store explores love and loss, trust and betrayal, and the vagaries of reputation and fortunes of the Vaiden family, both the whites and the blacks of that name. The store itself is a dream of Colonel Miltiades Vaiden which, once achieved, is rarely again mentioned and unimportant in...more
Marty
This was the next of the Pulitzer winning novels that Steve and I are reading. Took some time to track this one down - our daughter finally located it for us in the Chicago Public Library. Although it seemed a bit slow at the beginning, we were soon caught up in the stories of the exquisitely drawn characters in this novel, placed in the post Civil War southern town of Florence, Alabama. The central character, Milt Vaiden, is followed throughout as you see a man who unlike most of the white citi...more
Jimmy
As for superior writing, I wouldn't rank this 1933 Pulitzer winner for fiction among the best. But it was an enjoyable read and its themes were complex and prodding enough to merit some accolades. Even still, I gave the book a four-star ranking for two reasons, the first having to do with the merits of the book itself and the second for its sociological value: (1) though it was not the work of a literary genius, it has very few, if any, discernible flaws. It's solid, though basic. (2) I found it...more
Debra
Thank goodness I'm through this book. If you have any need to hear how former slaves were treated and spoken about, this book is for you. I haven't had to deal with hearing such language ever. It pains me to think that this was considered good contemporary fiction when published . It was a terribly cruel time and well documented by this novel
L
As the cover suggests, this truly is a stirring novel. I expected a dull, tedious story about The Old South and a lot of mean-spirited whippings. Instead, I found myself engrossed in this tale that, although would never be published today, fascinated me with its characters and plot.

Colonel Miltiades Vaiden puzzled me. Should I hate him because he thought black people (referred to by a different name in this) were inferior and that he still felt a sense of ownership of them? Or should I love him...more
Finch Al Ali
made me think about my life.its a book i could read again and again
Sarah
I can count on one hand the number of books I have picked up and not finished. This was one of them.
I was interested in the first place because The Store won the Pulitzer in 1933. Stribling may have presented an accurate picture of the awful treatment of former slaves and their children, but the rampant misogyny and terrible racism were just too painful for me to continue reading. I got about halfway through the book, and I admit that I didn't reach the point where I could decide whether the aut...more
Kelly
A tragic story, but it was hard to feel sorry for characters who were so dysfunctional and despicable.
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Winner of the Pulitzer of 1933.
Patty Majors
Feb 10, 2012 Patty Majors is currently reading it
I won't lie. I'm not excited. But, I'm in a local book club and this was the hostess's pick.... She loved it. We'll see.....
Thom
I liked it!
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Thomas Sigismun Stribling was a staff writer for "Saturday Evening Post" and a lawyer. He published under the name T.S. Stribling. In the 1920's and 1930's, T. S. was America's foremost author. His most notable works were "Birthright," "Teeftfollow," "Backwater," "The Forge" and "The Unfinished Cathedral". He won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, "The Store" in 1933.
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