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Deacon King Kong: A Novel de James McBride
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Deacon King Kong: A Novel (edició 2021)

de James McBride (Autor)

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"From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting. In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride's funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion. Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us"--… (més)
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Títol:Deacon King Kong: A Novel
Autors:James McBride (Autor)
Informació:Riverhead Books (2021), 400 pages
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A unique storyline with a great cast of characters. I had high hopes for this book since I loved McBride's memoir "The Color of Water" so much, but I have to admit that this didn't hold my attention quite as much as I was expecting it to. Worth reading though. ( )
  SarahMac314 | Aug 12, 2022 |
I couldn’t get into this book. Too many characters to keep track of and the main character was not interesting at all.
  janismack | Jul 8, 2022 |
This novel is old fashioned in a way, despite its focus on a very current issue -- relations between Black people and White people. The "old-fashionedness" is the way the novel is written and structured. Like Dickens or other 19th century writers, it is packed with people. fully realized characters who touch your heart. And like older novels, it is driven by plot, full of surprises, and includes at least two love stories. Also, the book is brilliantly written, full of vivid images and lovely prose. It got more and more engrossing as I read on, and by the time I finished I was sad to have finished. ( )
  annbury | Jun 16, 2022 |
I loved this crazy and delightful book about a drunk living in the NYC housing projects among likable drug dealers and an organized crime family.
This book was a delight. ( )
  AstridG | Apr 28, 2022 |
Almost fatally overlong, digressive, and rambling, this book was brought to my attention by other reviewers of Colson Whitehead's Harlem Shuffle. But unlike Harlem Shuffle, which despite its faults, presents characters that come across as real, Deacon King Kong presents a whole bunch of stereotypes--most with hearts of gold beneath their various ethic exteriors. There are a lot of good scenes here, but there is no suspense. It's pretty clear early on exactly where the story is going. There are also more than a few loose ends not accounted for. There are a few funny scenes. Somehow, despite being a "feel good" book, it ends up seeming more than a bit hollow.

The audiobook was very well read, however. ( )
  datrappert | Apr 24, 2022 |
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In a city where history is paved over and where the present landscape is defined by scaffolding bent toward an ever-developing future, this novel resists the usual nostalgia for a lost artists’ utopia. Instead, it animates a neighborhood scrimping by and revitalizes another nostalgic sore spot — that of community.
afegit per pbirch01 | editaSeattle Times (Mar 25, 2020)
 
Beneath the characters and comedy is a story about how a community and its religious institutions can provide a center to keep things from falling apart completely.
 

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Deacon Cuffy Lambkin of Five Ends Baptist Church became a walking dead man on a cloudy September afternoon in 1969. That’s the day the old deacon, known as Sportcoat to his friends, marched out to the plaza of the Causeway Housing project in South Brooklyn, stuck an ancient .45 Luger in the face of a nineteen-year-old drug dealer named Deems Clemens and pulled the trigger.
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"From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting. In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride's funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion. Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us"--

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