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The Given Day by Dennis Lehane
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Oct 06, 2008

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This book had so much going for it, I couldn't put it least for the first 400 pages. But then I started to feel the characters were being manipulated from the outside, not operating from internal truths, and there were quite a few anachronistic conversations and unbelievavle relationships between African Americans and whites (given the time period, 1919).

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 wanted to write a book about Babe Ruth -- one of his most fully realized characters -- but had to change course midstream for whatever limitations he came up against.
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Mythdog I have to agree with your central ideas. I read almost 600 pages and then found myself moving on to other books (and I've never before left a Lehane novel unfinished). I will wait for his next.

Nate Laurie - you nailed it with the Babe Ruth comment. Great insight, I think you are exactly right.

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