|Title||:||a wind is rising|
|Format Type||:||Mass Market Paperback|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
a wind is rising Reviews
White guys writing books where they jump into the mind of black characters often start with a believability deficit, and often casually give offense. When a first-time (and maybe only time) novelist tries the stunt, the results could be a fiasco.Here, the result is not a great novel, and the characters (as happens often in books covering Southerners) are oversexed. But it isn't terrible either.Book 1 of this is set in the Mississippi Delta, where the black population is suppressed, bored, undereducated (by design), and amuses itself with bootleg liquor and sex. The white population, on the other hand, is mostly just bored and paranoid that the black people who make up 80% of the population might think about taking over. The course of the book takes a while to get established, amongst all the setting of scene and lewd encounters, but eventually, one of the characters gets into trouble and is accused of shooting the sheriff. While things look bleak for that one, the character who finally emerges as the protagonist escapes the community.Book 2 is a separate and distinct fish out of water story, where our protagonist goes to New York to interest the NAACP and northern liberals in the goings on in his county (and he gets to date up a cute city girl). They aren't helpful, and can't understand why the protagonist wants to return. Book 3, we return to Mississippi, where our protagonist puts a mad plan into operation, in order to save the lad who is falsely accused. The plan is crazy enough that it is not predictable, though things work out in the way you might expect.All of this suffers from first author disease, as characters and their plot lines get dropped or left in awkward unresolved places, as the action hurtles onward. But it all moves pretty quickly, and the intelligence is not overly insulted. The local Mississippi atmosphere seems real enough, with the caveat that the portrayal of african-american sex lives conforms to very negative stereotypes.