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Review Date: 8/17/2010
McCarty is a fine writer, one who builds his characters in such a way that the reader quickly becomes a friend, foe, victim, or cheerleader. Yet, rarely provides a glimpse of what the character's physical nature is, other than gender. Faulkner did this with many characters, especially 'Eula Varner'.
Far into this book, McCarty carries one major player into the clothing store. He picks out something to wear. For the first time, one sees what the charcter looks like from his clothes' size. Silly example, but demonstrates how the reader pays attention as the pages go by.
McCarty's prose style does stream along too. It's a good read.
Review Date: 6/21/2011
To a child of the Piney woods of Mississippi, whose parents were part of the high political times before living the Depression years, the Book was a wonderful history lesson. Remembering Grandfather's story of Bilbo's rise beating a drum of hate, was not so fun, yet, but the book also told the tale. Here lies also the recounting of many of the 'institutions' of the time, not the least of which was "We got the breast and the 'Help' got the back".
I married a lady whose parents game from Washington Co., and never left mentally, always speaking of the Percys, Paxtons, Winns, and many more. Their land unusable today without huge machines, yet it's still land alive with the smell of growing. Even in winter it lies ready to spring. To sit beside the great River at the boat ramp under the bridge to Arkansas and feel its power to move and change the world provides much meat to the Book's story of this wide, wet road through America.
Change scenes to New Orleans, long a hangout in my 60's raging. There is never a failure to get the taste of "society" so proud of itself. Galatoire's remains supreme. Listen to Randy Newman's "Louisiana" and "Kingfish" and realize that "Rising Tide" tells many great truths.
As I read along in May, 2011, the River was at historic flood stage, the raised and strengthened levees never having been tested since 1927. Friends in Greenville fretted and packed up many valuables. Memphis, Vicksburg, Natchez, and nearby the rise backed things up. The Water flowed through four open gates of the Morganza spillway into the Atchafalaya River basin, this another part of the Book's story.
Did I enjoy the book? Yes, I did.
The RoadAuthor: Book Type: Paperback2000
Review Date: 7/14/2010
This man's work is particularly good. I shall now go about reading another of his works. What does that suggest: My time was well spent reading down this Road.
ShilohAuthor: Book Type: Paperback16
Review Date: 10/24/2009
Anyone who wishes to hear the voice of soldiers who hurry up and wait to then run screaming into hot steel sent at them by some other soldiers who hurried up and waited to see them coming should enjoy this excellent story of a tide turning battle. Awareness that your family members of the past were there to be part of the story really bring homes the horror of it all.
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