Tony's Reviews > A Land More Kind Than Home

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Jun 02, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction-mainstream

A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME. (2012). Wiley Cash. *****.
This is the first novel from this author, and one of the best first novels I have read for a long time. There are no literary tricks used – just a simple telling of a morality tale set in North Caroline among the members of a religious cult. The story is told from the viewpoint of several different characters in alternative chapters; each with its particular slant on events occuring in the story. Among the storytellers, there is a young boy, Jess Hall, the nine-year old son of Julie and Ben Hall, his parents, and the younger brother of 13 year-old Stump, a mute. The tale revolves around the religious practice of snake handling as a way of testing one’s faith. In this case, the minister of the congregation, Carson Chambliss, is the prime mover of his congregation, and, also, a manipulative sinner in his own right. This Old Testament-based tale contains all of the events of a biblical epoch, but set in the modern day. It can also be likened to Greek tragedy in its exposition. I hope that this first novel is a harbinger of a yet-to-be delivered series of books from a remarkable new talent. Highly recommended.
9 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read A Land More Kind Than Home.
Sign In »

Reading Progress

Started Reading
June 2, 2012 – Shelved
June 2, 2012 – Shelved as: fiction-mainstream
June 2, 2012 – Finished Reading

Comments (showing 1-1 of 1) (1 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

Rebecca oh I have this on my "to read" pile too!!! We will just have to bump it up higher now!!!

back to top