Book Reviews of So Far Gone: A Novel

So Far Gone: A Novel
So Far Gone A Novel
Author: Paul Cody
ISBN-13: 9780312181802
ISBN-10: 0312181809
Publication Date: 2/1998
Pages: 240
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Picador USA
Book Type: Hardcover
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Interesting book about an immate writing about his life and his crime. Could have been written better, but holds your interest if you like true crime.
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This is a chilling look into the mind and history of a man awaiting execution for killing his parents and paternal grandmother. Jack Connor is the first person to be slated for execution in the state of MA in fifty years. The reader is also given a glimpse into the peripheral players in this man's life - a neighbor, a journalist, a prison guard, etc. Somehow, along the way, a sympathy is developed for Jack, who grew up in the most dysfunctional family possible where drugs, alcohol, abandonment, abuse and mental illness were integral to his chldhood. Each of the victims carried baggage from his or her own childhood, and we are left realizing the inevitability of Jack's horrific crime as his soul was destroyed.

I am impressed with Paul Cody's writing, and his skill in portraying Jack's memories in a way that makes him as much a victim as his parents and grandmother.