The Convict and Other Stories Author:James Lee Burke James Lee Burke transports readers to the Gulf coasts of Louisiana and Texas and to battlefields around the world in the nine stories in this powerful and atmospheric collection, exploring themes of guilt, memory, war, and race. — In "The Pilot", a man fixes his troubled marriage in his own inimitable way. "Taking a Second Look" is the story of a... more » professor coping with grief who finds consolation not in the classroom but on a neighborhood ball field. In "Lower Me Down with a Golden Chain", an American journalist's decision to investigate both sides of a Guatemalan civil war has unexpected consequences. Narrated by a young boy, the title story depicts race relations in the South through the lens of one family's experience.
Vivid and original, thought-provoking and poignant, these and the five other tales in this collection probe the mysteries of the human mind and heart--and the complex circumstances in which we sometimes find ourselves.« less
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This collection of stories about strong southern men was a fascinating insight into so many lives. The men who encounter these moral dilemmas or life-altering events approach them in individual ways, but the stories still speak to everyone, and they posses enough individuality to make each story entirely different.
Ranging in ages from young boys still formulating their own opinions about the world, to men on the verge of death, remembering their own discoveries, each character is well developed and interesting.
I particularly enjoyed the pilot's own form of revenge against his wife's lover, and the young boys who watched their uncle and father make choices about right or wrong.