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Freedomland
Freedomland
Author: Richard Price
The celebrated author of Clockers delivers his most compelling and accomplished novel to date. — A white woman, her hands gashed and bloody, stumbles into an inner-city emergency room and announces that she has just been carjacked by a black man. But then comes the horrifying twist: Her young son was asleep in the back seat, and he has now...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780767900249
ISBN-10: 0767900243
Publication Date: 5/11/1998
Pages: 560
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 10 ratings
Publisher: Broadway
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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ilovedale3 avatar reviewed Freedomland on + 524 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The book that is the basis for the recent movie.

I found the book a little hard to get into. However, it was a frank look inside racial tensions and prejudices in the midst of a missing child crisis.
bea avatar reviewed Freedomland on + 94 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Set in the same blasted New Jersey ghetto as his much-admired Clockers (1992), Price's first novel since that bestseller is less a sequel than a monumental complement played in minor key, a re-visitation by an author who's older, sadder, wiser. The story flows from an event drawn from headlines: Brenda Martin, a white woman, staggers bleeding into a hospital to claim that her car has been hijacked by a black man?with her four-year-old son in the backseat. The jacking allegedly occurred in the park that divides the largely black city of Dempsey from the white-dominated city of Gannon. In response, Gannon cops seal off and invade D-Town, inflaming racial tensions and attracting an army of media. As in Clockers, Price again scans urban life through two protagonists, one black, one white?here, black Dempsey cop Lorenzo Council and white local reporter Jesse Haus. As both draw close to grief-crazed Brenda, one question propels the narrative: Is she telling the truth? The answer and its violent aftermath are equally inevitable, as Price snares the surface and the substance of America caught in a slow-motion riot of racial rage.
my2luvsemmyandmally avatar reviewed Freedomland on + 758 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Book just too long & "wordy" ! Could have said all the important things in about 450 pages! Had to skim too much......so I really did not enjoy it.
reviewed Freedomland on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is a gritty, though-provoking suspense novel of the highest caliber. Coming out soon in a movie version that will probably be very good, but couldn't possibly equal the book. Read it first!
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Helpful Score: 2
Entirely too long and drawn out, with entirely too many bit players to keep track of. No discernable protagonists that caught my interest. I skimmed much of this book and I really didn't enjoy what I did read at all.
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If you like crime stories, this is a must read!
freeverse071681 avatar reviewed Freedomland on + 609 more book reviews
Set in the same blasted New Jersey ghetto as his much-admired Clockers (1992), Price's first novel since that bestseller is less a sequel than a monumental complement played in minor key, a re-visitation by an author who's older, sadder, wiser. The story flows from an event drawn from headlines: Brenda Martin, a white woman, staggers bleeding into a hospital to claim that her car has been hijacked by a black man?with her four-year-old son in the backseat. The jacking allegedly occurred in the park that divides the largely black city of Dempsey from the white-dominated city of Gannon. In response, Gannon cops seal off and invade D-Town, inflaming racial tensions and attracting an army of media. As in Clockers, Price again scans urban life through two protagonists, one black, one white?here, black Dempsey cop Lorenzo Council and white local reporter Jesse Haus. As both draw close to grief-crazed Brenda, one question propels the narrative: Is she telling the truth? The answer and its violent aftermath are equally inevitable, as Price snares the surface and the substance of America caught in a slow-motion riot of racial rage. His language is street-fresh, his dialogue as if eavesdropped; his characters are soulful, flawed, dead real. Price's experience as a screenwriter (The Color of Money, etc.) shows in the predictable dramatic arc of his tale, but the novel is no less powerful for its popular bent. Within its structural confines, the story line veers in unexpected directions, with each detour bringing readers closer to Price's ultimate vision?that our nation's hope lies not in social movements but in the flame of humaneness that flickers in each of us, cop and criminal, black and white.
reviewed Freedomland on + 39 more book reviews
Awesome book. The movie didn't do it justice. Its a long book but definitely worth it.
reviewed Freedomland on + 43 more book reviews
Wow! The was the first book by Price I've read, but definately not my last. Engaging and very real.
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A white woman, her hands gashed and bloody, stumbles into an inner-city emergency room and announces that she has just been carjacked by a black man. But then comes the horrifying twist: Her young son was asleep in the back seat and he has now disappeared into the night...
shiner716 avatar reviewed Freedomland on + 34 more book reviews
It's been awhile since I read this but from what I recall, it was a good story though slightly long winded in some areas. Given headlines in recent years when I read this I almost thought it was a true story.


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