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Truth Like the Sun

by Jim Lynch

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Hot damn. I really liked this book. As a result I don't have a lot to say about it. It's so much easier to trash a bad book then to laud a good one.

So here's a sentence I quite liked from page 16:

Her eyes panned the glistening skyline as a cruise ship peeled away from the waterfront like an entire city block calving into the bay.

Pretty great, eh? I'd recommend this book to just about anyone, especially those with a fondness of Seattle. ( )
  dtn620 | Sep 22, 2013 |
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.
This book is told in two different time periods, but in the same location. The location is Seattle and the time periods are the summer of 2001 and the summer and fall of 1962. In 1962 the World's Fair is going on in Seattle and Roger Morgan is the bright young thing who has spearheaded this event. In 2001, a much older Morgan is running for mayor of Seattle while a reporter named Helen is investigating his past involvement with some of the corruption that was necessary to make the city run.
I really enjoyed thinking about the questions this story raised about the role of journalism in the political process. Technically what Helen writes is the truth, but is it really something the voting public needs to know? Are they losing the best option they have for mayor because of a history that has very little bearing on the present? I also enjoyed learning more about the history of the city of Seattle, which seems to be a microcosm of the both the best and the worst that the American people have to offer.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in journalism or politics as well as anyone who enjoys stories about people seeking to put their own personal history in a larger context. ( )
  elmoelle | Aug 9, 2013 |
i loved Jim Lynch's Highest Tide. He is like an old time storyteller who feeds his readers a great plot with reallly well developed and individuated characters. Truth Like The Sun is a fantastic story that shifts between 1962 when Roger Morgan, the fictional mastermind behind the Space Needle, is running the World Fair, and 2001 when he decides to run for mayor and an investigative reporter tries to incover his connection to all the corruption that was rampant in the city 40 years earlier. The novel offers great portraits of political players, reporters and a city. The insiders' view of a newsroom in the dying days of newsprint is intriguing and what's even more fun are the celebrities from the early 60s that Roger greets as host of the fair, including Elvis, Count Basie, and LBJ. ( )
  johnluiz | Aug 6, 2013 |
Roger Morgan was the face of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and the force behind the building of the iconic Space Needle. Now in his 70s, Morgan is running for mayor in 2001. As his past comes tumbling out, gambling, a penchant for married women, a felon father, he can’t stop telling the truth to Helen Gulanos, a local reporter new to Seattle.

Morgan is “Mr. Seattle,” a beloved institution, who despite his shortcomings wants the best for his city. Will he overcome the bad press to lead the city? Does he really want to?

Jim Lynch’s journalistic background is on display to good effect here, and Roger Morgan feels like a stand-in for America – imperfect, doing what it takes to get ahead, and eternally optimistic until a certain date in 2001. ( )
  Hagelstein | Aug 5, 2013 |
Review: Truth like the Sun
By Jim Lynch
253 pages
Characters:
Main: Roger Morgan, Teddy Severson, Helen
Secondary: tremendously large cast

Dialogue: standard to high quality; few characters stand out with unique dialogue, but, for the most part, the dialogue is well written; appropriate amount of emotion is channeled through the dialogue.

Vocabulary: masterful; vocab is advanced to a fault—with so many college-level words crammed into the writing, this makes Truth like the Sun a book that’s either daunting for young readers or altogether exclusive; I found that I had to read with a dictionary nearby so that I could understand all that was going on

First Page Narrative Hook: not present

Strengths: some characters are colorful; impressive backstory and details; writer is obviously passionate about the subject he’s writing; lots of cameo appearances invokes a nostalgic feeling.

Weakness: Primary weakness is that no character is likeable; story gets muddled and confusing due to frequent perspective flips; timeline is unclear (dates ought to be reinforced in the text); cast of secondary characters is too extensive for a book this condensed.

Medium rereading value

Bottom line: unless you’re a political thriller enthusiast, this book probably isn’t for you. This isn’t Jim Lynch’s best work, and, unfortunately, Lynch has made an amateur’s mistake here: he has crammed too much into a novel. Still, Lynch’s talents as a writer shine through at various points. ( )
  sphawkins | Jul 10, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 030795868X, Hardcover)

Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2012: Told through dual timelines--the 1962 World’s Fair and a 2001 mayoral election--this is the story of a man and his city thinking big, striving for greatness … and making mistakes. Civic cheerleader Roger Morgan had been the driving force behind the construction of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle. Thirty-nine years later, Morgan, now 70, decides on a whim to run for mayor, which brings him face to face with a curious and tenacious reporter--and his own murky past. Author Jim Lynch is a former newspaper reporter who deftly captures the complicated relationship between an ambitious journalist and an ambitious public official, each of them flawed and haunted by the ghosts of past mistakes. --Neal Thompson

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Roger Morgan, the promoter responsible for bring the World's Fair to Seattle in 1962, runs for mayor in 2001, right after the tech bubble bursts, while budding reporter Helen Gulanos probes his secretive past.

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