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Mudbound (edition 2008)

by Hillary Jordan (Author)

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Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.… (more)
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Title:Mudbound
Authors:Hillary Jordan (Author)
Info:Algonquin Books (2008), Edition: 1, 336 pages
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At the time it was published, there was a lot of hype about this book, and for that reason I avoided it. I'm sorry I did. In this case, the hype was deserved.
The novel takes on two themes still pertinent today:PTSD suffered by soldiers returning from war (in this case WW II), and race relations, which although this novel is set in 1946 don't seem to have progressed as much as we would have hoped.
Laura and her husband Henry have begun to farm on the Mississippi delta in 1946. They have several sharecroppers, including a black family. Henry's father, a virulent racist and member of the KKK lives with them. Shortly afterwards, Henry's younger brother, Jamie, a war veteran, comes to stay with them. The oldest son of the black sharecroppers, Ronsel, also returns from the war, and he and Jamie strike up a friendship based on their mutual experiences. This doesn't sit well with Henry's father Pappy, or with some of the other townfolk, and we are headed for a tragedy.
The novel is told in alternating chapters by the various characters, including (primarily) Laura, Henry, Jamie, Ronsel, and Ronsel's parents Florence and Hap. The characters are beautifully and realistically depicted, and the story is devastating. Highly recommended.

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  arubabookwoman | Nov 27, 2021 |
Having now read several of the multiple-generation, multi-race, multiple perspective novels set somewhere in the last century or two, I get bored with them easily. This one stood up to the challenge, however.

The characters are (with the exception of "Pappy," the old cranky grandfather) well developed and real. A couple of plot threads were left unresolved at the end (Where does Ronsel end up? What happens to his kid? Does Henry ever find out about Jaime and Laura? Do they stay on the farm?), but an epilogue would have ruined a lot of the magic of the book.

The characters are so believable that I felt I was listening to a story told by a grandparent, not reading a book about a place I've never been told by a person I've never met. I finished it in less than two days, most of it in one sitting. Definitely made me glad that I grew up in a world much less racist than 1940's Mississippi. ( )
  Cerestheories | Nov 8, 2021 |
The shaky marriage between Henry McAllan and his city-bred wife Laura becomes even more unstable when his brother Jamie returns from World War II in 1946 to help work the family's miserable cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta, along with his comrade-in-arms Ronsel Jackson, the oldest son of local sharecroppers, who soon learns that his heroics in battle mean nothing in the Jim Crow south. ( )
  puttsplace | Oct 10, 2021 |
Adult fiction; historical fiction. Set in 1940s rural mississippi, this tells the individual stories of a farmer, his wife, his war-traumatized veteran brother, and the black sharecroppers that farm their land--husband, wife, and another ww2 vet son. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This is incredibly well written. It is so painful to read that I have stopped. I have reached the place where the tragedies are inevitable and I just cant' stand to watch it happen. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
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If I could do it, I'd do no writing at all here. It would be photographs; the rest would be fragments of cloth. bits of cotton, lumps of earth, records of speech, pieces of wood and iron, phials of odors, plates of food and of excrement.... A piece of the body torn out by the roots might be more to the point.----James Agee, "Let us Now Praise Famous Men"
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To Mother, Gay and Nana, for the stories
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Henry and I dug the hole seven feet deep.
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Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

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In this award-winning portrait of two families caught up in the blind hatred of a small Southern town, prejudice takes many forms-some subtle, some ruthless. Mudbound is the saga of the McAllan family, who struggle to survive on a remote ramshackle farm, and the Jacksons, their black sharecroppers. When two sons return from WWII to work the land, the unlikely friendship between these brothers-in-arms-one white, one black-arouses the passions of their neighbors. As the men and women of each family tell their version of events we are drawn into their lives. Striving for love and honor is a brutal time and place, they become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale and find reemption where they least expect it. -back of book
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