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Preview — The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren
The Clock of Life
This story documents Jason Lee's growing up in the South during the tumultuous time period of t ...more
The author nailed the deep Mississippi dialect. She includes just enough slang and phonetic spellings to give readers the sound of the accent, without making a parody of the dialogue. (A minor hang-up I had ...more
Nancy Klann-Moren's The Clock of Life is one of those frustrating books I found a chore to even read enough of to give an honest review (for what it's worth, I made it about a third of the way through), because it's a perfect storm of every little thing I dislike in contemporary literature -- a genteel com ...more
The Clock of Life came into my hands when the president of the Southern California Writer’s Association read the first paragraph to us. I also had the privilege of sitting next to Nancy at the same meeting. Between what she revealed about her novel and hearing the first paragraph, I knew I had to read it.
Jason Lee is the son of a civil rights activist and soldier killed in Viet Nam. His mother, a woman with a strong work ethic, never quite came to grips with bei ...more
Nancy Klann-Moren’s The Clock of Life is a rich, wonderful story with a distinctive flavor and narrative, engaging characters, and written with a compassion for some of the darkest days in the history of America.
The Clock of Life is an excellent historical fiction, which takes place in the American South in the last quarter of the 20th century. Reminiscent of To ...more
Awesome Indies' Assessment:
The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren is a Southern USA coming of age story about a boy called Jason Lee who lives with his widowed mother and his uncle, who was injured in Vietnam and still suffers from the remains of shrapnel in his brain. The book details Jason Lee’s emergence from inn ...more
`I mean, whatever you do, make sure you stay one step ahead of the second hand.' These are just some of the wise and wily words spoken by Uncle Mooks, our main character Jason Lee's Vietnam War veteran uncle, and this terrifically successful book is just brimming over with such bits of insight and wisdom and humor and a true taste of the Southern lingo. The theme of time ticks through every chapter and phrases such as `Tim ...more
The most compelling part of this book is the way Jason, the son, discovers himself while discove ...more
When Jason Lee Rainey starts school he takes up for a black boy and in doing so he becomes the life-long enemy of twins who are bullies and this is also the start of his friendship with the black boy, Samson Johnson. He tell ...more
This intriguing story deals with the small town of Hadlee, Mississippi, in the 1980s where racial attitudes were steadfast. The story focuses on Jason Lee, a white boy, and his strong friendship with Samson Johnson, a black boy. In addition, Jason comes to know his larger-than-life father, who was killed in Vietnam, through stories from those around him. Ja ...more
By way of stories from others, Jason Lee learns about his larger-than-life father, who was killed in Vietnam. He longs to become that sort of man, but doesn't believe he has it in him.
In The Clock Of Life he learns lessons from the past, and the realities of ine ...more
Very much a coming-of-age story, a novel of a boy's search to find himself, to become the sort of man the father he never ...more
The Clock of Life by Nancy Klann-Moren is about Jason Lee desiring to be as brave as his dad and do the right thing no matter what. It shows the effects of ...more
I took me into world so different from mine and I found it most fascinating. Growing up about this same time period, it makes me realize how lucky I was to live in an area where we were not prejudiced against those not like ourselves. I
would recommend this book for teens on up.
I am not an American and this is the second book I have read recently on the same subject, racial discrimination around 60s and 70s. This book was very easy to read and gives an insight to the attitude of a bigoted minority in those years.
A heartbreaking coming-of-age story, where growing up is tough and the shaping of a boy into a man is fused with tragedy.
In the southern states of America in 1974, the world is still very much a segregated place. Young Jason Lee has his first taste of how it can be on his first day of school, where, being his own independent person, he befriends one of the black boys in his class.
He and Samson grow up together, best friends and blood brothers, sharing everything and fighting to protect...more
This book reminded me a tiny little bit of To Kill A Mockingbird. I really enjoyed this story, it's really about a boy who is growing up during a time of change, and yet in a town that refuses to accept this change. I thought Jason Lee's character was strong and despite some obstacles he learns a lot about himself over the course of the novel.
As much as I really enjoyed reading the story, and got into everything that was happening, I ...more
Her short stories are eclectic and poignant. They were her primary genre until the day she read an excerpt in a class and the ins ...more