And it's describe when the sheriff comes to tell Hap and Florence …more his tongue. In the end of book he speaks of the card he carries in his pocket "MUTE"
And it's describe when the sheriff comes to tell Hap and Florence of the injury and that they took him to the Jewish doctor rather than the local doctor who cut the man's tongue out. KKK sickness(less) (hide spoiler)]
I found this story so gripping that I could barely stand to put it down; so filled with potential tragedy and disaster that I reluctantly picked it up again. Yet, I was compelled to do so. There is no way in the world that I could close my eyes and heart to this story without suffering in my ignorance. ...more
This was really an incredible, powerfully written novel about the Jim Crow south immediately following World War II. Set in the Mississippi Delta, Mudbound will cause you to feel mired in the muck of the land as well as in the hatred and bigotry of this place and time.
It is a story about two families, one black – the Jacksons, and one white – the McAllans, who become inextricably linked to one another. Laura is a city girl, on the brink of being labeled ‘old maid.’ When Henry McAllan r ...more
Through the eyes and ears and thoughts of these two families –one black, one white – with a total of six people, we get a small glimpse of life in the post-war 1930’s and 40’s living in the Mississippi Delta region. Life on a cotton farm with its never-ending physical demands. All the mud.
From Laura we hear her thoughts a total of twelve times throughout this story. From Jamie, seven times, from Ronsel, five times, from Henry, four times. From Hap and Florence, four times each. You migh ...more
This book and I hit it off at first. It’s a quick, easy read and I enjoyed the first 2/3 or so. But looking back, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Mudbound is about two families living in the Mississippi Delta: one black and one white. It’s 1946 and racial tensions are high: the black GIs returning from WW2 are no longer willing to put up with being second-class citizens, but the white population is equally unwilling to allow change. The book is written in th ...more
I liked the way the author presented each chapter from the point of view of a different character. This way we got to discover what each individual was really like rather than seeing them only from another persons view. It was very noticeable that one character was never given this opportunity to speak and it was a good thing!
The book opens in a very captivating way with a scene which is repea ...more
I never summarize plots in my "reviews", just how a book made me feel and this one made me feel a lot. Highly recommend. ...more
The literary structure of this book is very compelling, telling the same story from the perspective of the different characters really brings out the emotion of this Novel. A tough read but a rewarding one and a book where the characters will stay with me.
The characters are fully developed and very real and I was able to visualise each and every one of them. A gripping story of race relations, families, marriag ...more
Hillary Jordan, in her debut novel, took on the daunting task of presenting the story through the eyes of six different narrators. That would seem to be difficult enough, but making it even more difficult is the fact that t ...more
It's set in the Delta (Mississippi) ...more
Hillary Jordan, 2011
"Henry and I dug the hole seven feet deep. Any more shallower and the corpse was liable to come rising up during the next big flood. Howdy boys! Remember me? The thought of it kept us digging even after the blisters on our palms had burst, re-formed and burst again. Every shovelful was an agony--the old man getting in his last licks. Still, I was glad of the pain. It shoved away thoughts and memories."
Henry and Jamie McAllan ...more
First, the senseless intensity of the racism in the deep South of the 1940s. Second, the haunted struggles of men who came home from WWII and couldn't make a place for themselves back among their own people. Third, the frustration and loneliness of an isolated Mississippi farm wife, building into desperation and rage. The combination of these difficulties causes t ...more
"When I think of the farm, I think of mud. Limning my husband’s fingernails and encrusting the children’s knees and hair. Sucking at my feet like a greedy newborn on the breast. Marching in boot-shaped patches across the plank floors of the house. There was no defeating it. The mud coated everything. I dreamed in brown."This was a super heart-wrenching novel. The soul of Mississippi in the 1940's, during and after WWII, ripped the heart out of the community of white an ...more
Note:movie due November 2017
Alternating narratives of all of the main characters but one , was an exceptional way to get to know them and their in ...more
This story is of two southern families that live through unbearable circumstance during the Jim Crow era. So many struggles and hardships abound that had my heart aching. And near the ending that brutal scene with Ronsel will haunt me for a while. This book is gut wrenching and has highly sensitive issues that will bring tears to your eyes. Loved thi ...more
Great debut novel for Hillary Jordan! A real page-turner that was over too soon.(view spoiler)[Glad Pappy got his just reward, but wish the rest of the KKK would have been punished too. (hide spoiler)]...more
One day, though, Henry came to dinner and "saved" Laura from all the embarrassment. He asked her to marry him. She willingly did and was happy. The happiness waned when Henry bought a farm to fulfill his lifelong dream of planting cotton along with a farmhouse with no r ...more
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MUDBOUND won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for fiction, founded by Barbara Kingsolver to recognize debut novels of social justice, and an Alex Award from the American Library Association. PASTE Magazine named it one of the Top 10 Debut Novel ...more