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A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles
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Feb 16, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, historical-fiction, i-own
Read from February 16 to March 12, 2012 — I own a copy

An expansive, beautiful, fascinating look into the world of early American imperialism. Though I felt it sometimes played into some stereotypes and tropes of the period, Sayles did so on purpose and with a point. The book follows a number of different characters from across the US, as well as the racial and socio-economic spectrums as they are caught up in the most important events and movements of the last decade of the 19th century--Spanish American War, Yukon Gold Rush, Jim Crow, early stirrings of the Great Migration. An absolutely fantastic read that, despite its length, will keep you engaged throughout. It was also pretty interesting seeing a movie director's perspective/mind-set via one of the characters (I won't say who, so as to not spoil that aspect).

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Matthew Reeder Cannot wait to start this book!

message 2: by Ben (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ben It is pretty great. Well-paced, expansive, well-written, good character development, interesting stories. In some ways it feels like it captures a lot of the stereotypes of the period, but at the same time there's a reason we have those stereotypes. And though it's roughly 1000 pages, it reads fairly quickly.

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