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Preview — The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
The Given Day (Coughlin #1)
From Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author of Mystic River and Shutter Island, comes the paperback edition of The Given Day, an unflinching family epic that captures the political unrest of a nation caught between a well-patterned past and an unpredictable future. This beautifully written novel of American history tells the story of two families—one black, one w...more
Yeah, I know that didn't really say much but it's hard to write a teaser for a 700 page historical novel.
As I understand it, this was Dennis Lehane's return to the novel world after five years of doing other things, mostly writing for The Wire. And he crammed every thought he may have had in about Boston in the early 20th Century in those five years int ...more
It is a big book, both in length (700 pages) and scope. Set in late 1918-1919, the book follows two men, one Irish Boston cop Danny Coughlin and a black man from Tulsa Luther Laurence. The book explores race, baseball, the Boston Police Strike, terrorism, love, and a whole mess of other topics.
It is a huge book, and it is beautifully written. I could not put it down.
The major complaint about this book, I feel, is ...more
I was impressed by Lehane's ambitious genre-crossing. The quality of this book is sufficiently steep th ...more
I'd recommend it for the history and the exciting read, but in the end I think it couldn've been stronger. I think, secretly, Lehane ...more
I was worried that being a long historical drama, it would be boring, but from the first chapter I was totally engaged and then became swept up in Luther's desire ...more
I have read Dennis Lehane before, and he's most famously known as a mystery and crime writer. Not as much for historical fiction, which this novel should be labeled as. I had expected something completely different, but it was a pleasant surprise.
It takes place in 1919 and largely revolves around the Boston police strike as well as some of its key people. Not being familiar with this event on beforehand I found this story very captivating. Lehane cleverly introduces us to the ...more
Very happy to have done both. This is not ex ...more
The minute I re ...more
Perhaps I could have struggled through to the end if I had cared for any of the characters. I did not. I especially didn't care about the main character. It wasn't that I disliked him. It was more that I was entirely apathetic towa ...more
The Given Day completely immerses you in a pivotal moment in history, giving you the sights, sounds, and tensions of early-1900's Boston, a city struggling to recover from World War I and all of its residual effects. The characters are richly drawn out and their struggles are very human. The historical details were well researched, and the time ...more
Unless he outdoes himself on this one, The Given Day will go down as his Great American Novel.
The Given Day is set in 1919 Boston, and you would think that with the end of the Great War, times would be roaring and booming. Not so. America is in a state of civil unrest, with w ...more
Progetto ardito, impresa ambiziosa, dal mio punto di vista non del tutto riuscita.
Stati Uniti, dall’Ohio a Tulsa in Oklahoma, (che tre anni dopo sarebbe stata palcoscenico del più sanguinoso massacro razziale della storia americana), ma soprattutto Boston.
Prima Guerra Mondiale agli sgoccioli, in fondo gli USA parteciparono solo a partire dal 1917: dopo aver devastato l’Europa con la spagnola, che fece più morti della peste nera, e fece più morti della stessa guerra (50 ...more
This is my first Dennis Lehane novel and I'm glad to say it won't be my last. Even though this w ...more
Danny Coughlin, son of a high-ranked Boston polic ...more
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