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Lisa (lbhick) | 986 comments Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch

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Amy | 18 comments 5 stars from me!

I've heard fantastic things about Jon Clinch so I was really looking forward to Kings of the Earth. It sounded like something right up my alley. And it really was a great read ... it was fantastic!

Jon Clinch is a very talented writer ... his writing just made the scenes come alive for me. I didn't want to put the book down ... the writing, the character development, the weaving of time ... it's all wonderful! Clinch brought the world of the three brothers alive for me and I felt as ...moreI've heard fantastic things about Jon Clinch so I was really looking forward to Kings of the Earth. It sounded like something right up my alley. And it really was a great read ... it was fantastic!

Jon Clinch is a very talented writer ... his writing just made the scenes come alive for me. I didn't want to put the book down ... the writing, the character development, the weaving of time ... it's all wonderful! Clinch brought the world of the three brothers alive for me and I felt as if I was part of the book myself at times. The squalor and poverty were so beautifully portrayed that I almost felt as if I could feel and smell the farm. At first I was worried about the way that Clinch tells the story - through multiple voices that jump around in time. However, it was ultimately a really effective tool and gave the book something special. And, I never became confused or frustrated by the jumping. Clinch did a masterful job of weaving the story together into a cohesive and outstanding story.

In the end, I was sad to put it down ... I didn't want the narrative to end. The complexity of the storytelling and the writing made this book one of my favorites of the year! I can't wait to go pick up Finn which I also hear is fantastic! This is a great novel that I definitely recommend!


message 3: by Cathy (last edited Jan 05, 2011 06:52PM) (new)

Cathy | 482 comments My initial contact with this novel provided some challenges with the format of the prose. The character voices were in short sections that were easy to read, but coupled with the constant shifts in time deterred slightly from my enjoyment of this story. I say slightly because this novel invokes a complex set of emotions for me.

Clinch does a spectacular job of creating this bleak and desolate life that the Proctor brothers existed in. The harsh primitive farm life and its demands on this unusual family unit is at times hard to comprehend. The close bond between the three brothers further separates their lives from others. This insulated life is central to the story and is affected by the outside real world by a crime investigation involving their farm and secluded lives. The naivete of their collective lives provide difficulty in the processing and sorting of the events related to this investigation.

The reader is thrown into this rural setting and the heart of this strange and dysfunctional family through the unfolding of their lives like a puzzle in the prose. The talent of Mr. Clinch lies in his ability to weave this muted tapestry of the mundane, withered lives of these characters and have the reader be appalled at the deplorable situation of their lives, but at the same time be emotionally drawn into the web to understand the Proctor characters and the supporting characters surrounding them.


message 4: by Sera (new)

Sera | 1325 comments I just picked this one on clearance since I guess it's going to be coming out in paperback. I'm glad to hear that everyone who has read it has really enjoyed it. I've had my eye on it for awhile - now to find it into my reading schedule :)


message 5: by Betsy (new)

Betsy (ebburtis) | 1269 comments I'm a little late to this discussion (just 3.5 years!), but just finished this today. After seeing so many positive reviews, I wanted to love it, but didn't really. I liked the format and writing style, but I finished the book and felt like I had been an outsider overhearing parts of the story and never knowing the whole thing. Maybe I am too literal a reader and I need things in neat little boxes, but what really happened to Vernon?!


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