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Cicada #2020

Cicada A family and community become swept up in a tempest of violence and tragedy After John Sayre starts slipping off at odd hours from the family farm his wife Frances begins to suspect that he s joined

  • Title: Cicada
  • Author: J. Eric Laing
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Cicada By J. Eric Laing, A family and community become swept up in a tempest of violence and tragedy After John Sayre starts slipping off at odd hours from the family farm, his wife Frances begins to suspect that he s joined a newly revived chapter of the Ku Klux Klan By the time their young son discovers the corpse of a lynched black man along the side of a nearby dirt road, Frances Sayre has hA family and community become swept up in a tempest of violence and tragedy After John Sayre starts slipping off at odd hours from the family farm, his wife Frances begins to suspect that he s joined a newly revived chapter of the Ku Klux Klan By the time their young son discovers the corpse of a lynched black man along the side of a nearby dirt road, Frances Sayre has had enough But John hasn t joined the ranks of the murderous KKK as his wife fears Just the same, John s secret has the potential to destroy their marriage, if not so much What comes to pass over those heated days of summer, none on any side could have imagined, or wanted.

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    1. Other reviewers have compared Cicada to the works of William Faulkner It reminded me a lot of another lesser known American southern writer, John Yount Laing has a sure command over his subject, story, setting, themes, and characters The story works in every way on every level, from every angle, on every page Laing writes with a true, unflinchingly honest yet compassionate voice that is straightforward and pure as spring water a natural born storyteller This is a literary work of many elements t [...]

    2. J Eric Laing s novel Cicada manages to be two things at once a bird s eye panorama of a small Southern town and an intimate study of the characters inhabiting the town Melby is in the midst of a hot, torpid summer and Buckshot Sayre has just stumbled upon a lynched corpse, the first glaring sign that the town s local Ku Klux Klan chapter is back to business This story is full of wonderfully drawn characters but centers on the Sayre family father John, tormented by a past mistake and about to exp [...]

    3. This was entitled Cicada but this was not her story and the clicking beasts made only atmospheric background appearances In fact the story lacked decent shape and the ending was rather less of a wrapping up, of a running down.The writing itself gave a good sense of time and place and one might imagine that travel rather than novel writing was the strength For instance there are half a dozen long paragraphs regarding cicadas and mockingbirds, mostly the latter, that seemed to have no relevance t [...]

    4. Cicada by J Eric Laing is not an easy read, peppered throughout as it is with uncompromising descriptions of nature in the raw and man at his best and worst What it is though is gripping and enthralling This book takes the reader into the Southern States of America and the intrigues and lies behind the operations of the KKK, the interaction between whites and negroes, the law abiding citizens and the ne er do wells of small town America Seen in large part through the eyes of a child it shows the [...]

    5. J Eric Laing s short novel is one of those in which you find yourself immersed not only in the story, but in the setting Within the first pages of Cicada, Laing uses prose to paint a picture that perfectly describes the relentless heat and humidity of a small town in the deep south, making the weather almost a pivotal character in his novel.The story captures the reader from the first page, and like the heat doesn t relent.This is a story of love, labor, childhood and childhood lost Set in the n [...]

    6. The writing was lovely, but the prose got in the way of the story at times His sweeping descriptions about the heat, birds, cicadas and other things in nature spoke of the intense heat of summer It gave you the impression of both the environment and the people inhabiting the town as simmering, ready to boil over into some sort of violence.I wish I had felt for the characters, but with the exception of Buckshot, no one else garnered my love or sympathy.Still an interesting read.

    7. The author is clearly a gifted writer, but he needs to work on improving his storytelling It was easy to become immersed in this novel, but it ends abruptly Perhaps the novel would read better if it simply ended immediately following the climax, but to continue the way it did dragged my rating down from five to three stars Either go into depth about what happened after the climax, or leave it completely up to the reader.

    8. This story takes place in the south, when segregation and discrimination was commonplace The story is split between white families who don t appreciate the evil they hear at church or in town about the black families moving in nearby, and the those who perpetrate the evil In the crossfire is a young boy It s a tragic story, but not without hope I picked it up for free on my Kindle This highly rated book did not disappoint.

    9. Honestly, I think I bought this for my Kindle because it was so cheap about 3, rather than three times that for plenty of other books It sat there in my queue for quite awhile before I picked it up and absolutely devoured it while sitting on a beach in Thailand It s short just over 150 pages , but still manages to soak you in images of a sweltering Southern summer and the lives of all its characters in tension and tragedy.

    10. Just couldn t finish it It had nothing to do with the content It just seemed to jump around and at 50% there were new characters being introduced Just not enough characterization Buckshot started to get my interest but then the story would jump around some Life is too short to just keep reading to readI quit Glad it was free on the kindle

    11. What an engaging and disturbing book The deep south, a young boy, bigotry, love, and hate all rolled up into an iconic tale of a certain time I really found this book well written with reminiscences of Faulkner and other strong writers who make your gut clench It was one of the free books I get sent daily, so didn t expect it to be quite this good.

    12. A Kindle freebie but I thought it was a good read Typical of some of the freebies it could use a editing I liked the story and the writing was good Worth looking at future books by this author.

    13. Beautiful, evocative writing and a compelling story and it was a Kindle freebie The reading experience was marred somewhat by the large number of typos Where are the proof readers when you need them But the writing was excellent I will definitely look for works by this author.

    14. This book really breathed the American South to me Very engrossing, with sympathetic characters whose fate the reader cares about.

    15. Story of the havoc the Klan had on a small town in the South After a climatic point in the story, it seemed as if the author just got tired and quit writing.

    16. Not sure, I exactly liked it It was a good, though difficult, read Difficult in that the story was very raw and depressing Well written though.

    17. Possibly the best free Kindle book I have stumbled across I would have gladly paid for it now knowing how enjoyable it would be.

    18. A good idea, and some nice descriptive writing are offset by overly omniscient narration and simplistic characterization It was a free download on the kindle, so I can t complain.

    19. Excellent bookI loved this book and I couldn t put it down after I started reading it It was a story about real life.

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