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Book Reviews of Half of Paradise

Half of Paradise
Half of Paradise
Author: James Lee Burke
ISBN-13: 9780786889464
ISBN-10: 0786889462
Publication Date: 10/1/1998
Pages: 384
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Hyperion
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
This is Burke's first book and is dark, moody and captures the despair of its characters beautifully.
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Very non-contemporary book that follows the travails of three individuals. Somewhat sad in that there are no happy outcomes.
louiealf avatar reviewed Half of Paradise on + 27 more book reviews
Not one of his best, but still a good read.
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Burke's first novel
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Toussaint Boudreaux, a black docker in New Orleans, puts up with his co-workers' racism because he has to, and moonlights as a prize-fighter in the hope of a better life - but the only break he gets lands him in penal servitude. J.P. Winfield, a hick with a gift for twelve-string guitar, finds his break into showbiz leads to the flipside of the American dream. Avery Broussard, descendant of an aristocratic French family, runs whiskey after what remains of his land is repossessed... The interlocking stories of these three men are an elegy to the realities of life in 1950s, Louisiana, their destinies fixed by the circumstances of their birth and time. Yet each carries the hope of redemption.
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