ï Trouble in July Õ Download by µ Erskine Caldwell
ï Trouble in July Õ Download by µ Erskine Caldwell One of my favorite Caldwell books, not because it is a nice story, it is anything but, but it is realistic, as history has proven of the lives poor black folks down South endured since forever. It is about a lynching and I will say no so as not to spoil it for anybody who wishes to read it I love most of his books, and all the ones that deal with the South, along with Place called Estherville and this one is incredibly moving I highly recommend this book A This, like A Place Called Estherville, deals with the racism and violence in the South during the Depression It is very different from Tobacco Road and God s Little Acre as there is very little humor that is unless you consider the antics of a county sheriff trying to hide out so he won t be called upon to stop some good ole boys having a bit of fun and thus alienate some voters come the next election Yes That s right That bit of fun is a lynching This book is not just unsettling, it is frightening It is an ugly story about ugly people during an ugly time, and the most frightening aspect is that those involved landowners, sheriff, mayor, etc don t see themselves as doing anything all that wrong.
Like the other Erskine Caldwell books that i ve read, this is an extremely disquieting tale of racism and evil mixed with a quirky off the cuff sense of humor The first time i read Caldwell Tobacco Road i was surprised by how funny he could be with such ugly topic matter Sure, rural southern culture has a reputation for fostering ignorance and stupidity, but could it really reach a level of inhumanity this low Of course, Trouble in July was written in the 40 s, and that was obviously a much much worse time for black folks, but still was it REALLY THIS BAD Mr Caldwell writes a convincing tale of group evil here with a prose style that s about as simple and breezy and directly effective as they come Thus it s a very quick read, and despite all the unsettling elements of the narrative, I recommend it highly. This is a fine book one of those that I read many years ago but that has stayed with me It s good to see that it s back in print also that it s now available in e book form The subject matter of Trouble in July a lynching means it s not always an easy read, but it is so well put together, and so atmospheric, that you are drawn into the narrative from the beginning The humid air of a southern summer seems to seep right off the pages. A key to this book and one of the other reviewers touched on this is that it isn t about the few who do evil, it s about the many who don t stop it It s a powerful message, but Caldwell has a light enough touch not to labour the point. Siamo nell epoca della Depressione, e la questione razziale nel Deep South Statunitense non ancora risolta Un America abbrutita dalla povert e dall ignoranza che, a seguito di un presunto stupro di un ragazzino di colore nei confronti di una ragazza bianca, scaglia la propria rabbia, indipendentemente da ogni criterio di accertamento della colpa, sul pi debole, sul popolo nero, fino ad allora tollerato solo perch indispensabile al lavoro pi duro. Rischierebbe di essere la solita vecchia storia di bianchi e neri, con un epilogo anche un po banale, se non fosse arricchita da un realismo narrativo e un ritmo costante che mantengono attaccati alla storia fino all ultima pagina. A novel of the economics and sociology of racism What fascinates is that whether or not young black Sonny raped a white girl is irrelevant Frustrated poor whites want a pretext to kill something Wealthy land owners know if Sonny is lynched it will start a wave of such hysteria and blacks will flee the county, leaving them without pickers when the cotton matures in August hence the title The Sheriff, who lives rent free above the jail house with his wife, and doesn t want to lose his job in the next election, is caught in the middle The powerful and elite of the county expect him to do his job and prevent a lynching, but doing so will cost him the popular vote. I really enjoyed this story As always, the author creates interesting characters and clever dialogue that not only develops the atmosphere, but also gives one a sense of the characters themselves I don t pay much mind to opinions of political ilk regarding the story The story is a drama and oft times drama is ugly If you enjoy Americana, this book is for you Cheers One might be forgiven for suggesting that Erskine Caldwell had an obsession with the South though not with a sonorous sounding, gracious living Savannah or Charleston South Rather, with the poorest and dirtiest kind of South imaginable. The white characters of Caldwell s South are nothing less than narrow minded, evil mongering scoundrels the black characters, virtually all like frightened children just waiting for the next blow to fall out of God knows where and from God knows whom. And yet it s not in some random act of violence itself that Caldwell s prose so excels Rather, it s in creating an atmosphere of tension and potential violence that Caldwell writes like no one else I ve ever read When and if that random act eventually occurs, it seems a foregon Through The Summer Twilight In Depression Era South, Word Begins To Circulate Of A Black Man Accosting A White Woman In No Time The Awful Forces Of Public Opinion And Political Expediency Goad The Separate Fears And Frustrations Of A Small Southern Community Into The Single Mindedness Of A MobErskine Caldwell Shows The Lynching Of Sonny Clark Through Many Eyes However, Caldwell Reserves Some Of His Most Powerful Passages For The Few Who Truly Held Clark S Life In Their Hands But Let It Go People Like Sheriff Jeff McCurtain, Who Did Nothing To Disperse The Mob Harvey Glenn, Who Found Clark In Hiding And Turned Him In And Katy Barlow, Who Withdrew Her False Charge Of Rape Only After Clark Was Dead Not at all an enjoyable book, but a remarkably compelling one The second book I ve read by this author the other being TOBACCO ROAD , and, excepting the accused in this one, have yet to encounter a sympathetic character But Caldwell is a very good writer and holds the interest throughout.
Erskine Preston Caldwell was an American author His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native South won him critical acclaim, but they also made him controversial among fellow Southerners of the time who felt he was holding the region up to ridicule.