Mudbound

Mudbound

Book - 2009
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mikearmstrong149
Dec 05, 2019

Tuesday November 3, 2020 Evergreen Book Club

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foskat324
Jan 09, 2019

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INVS
Oct 20, 2018

To say I thoroughly enjoyed this read is not quite right. It's an honest look at the injustice, the hate & discrimination toward people of color that still exists today in the USA. The beauty comes from the love in the telling this horrific story & of the dynamic family of color. Despite the number of times I read or hear a specific word description for another human, my gut twists & I'm filled with loathing for it. What is so striking again, is the men who gave their all to serve for a country that did not respect them, just as with the Japanese who served. What a fickle, hypocritical nation we live in. Twenty First century and what progress?

At the close of this book are four other suggested reads I'm curious about.

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Inga57
Oct 02, 2018

The story, told in the muddy South, was played well in the movie version; which reminded me I had purchased the paperback copy of Mudbound back in 2009, where it has remained on a shelf waiting to be read. This was the week my fingers reached for it to absorb what Hillary Jordan offered her audience and compare it to the movie version.

The characters are well written, and I doubt there would be anyone who doesn't hate Pappy, forgive Jamie for his flaws, expect nothing less from Henry, feel a quiet rage for the lives of the Jackson family, and find Laura a victim of her time and circumstance.

Every time I read a history of the segregated South I grow emotional and will never understand the once accepted ways of this dark chapter in American history.

The book version ends 'untold' when it comes to Ronsel, where the movie version finds him returning to Germany to Resl and their son Franz. I liked the second package with a bow as it gave me hope in humanity, tongue or no.

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Nvfera
Dec 14, 2017

I 100% recommend reading this one! I absolutely loved how it takes you back info time.. the detail makes you feel like you're actually there at Mudbound. It deals with love, happiness, sadness and tragedy but I guess that's life right? Definitely a good read! Can't wait to watch the movie now!!

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rinahan
Apr 22, 2015

please email me at rinahan221@yahoo.com when the book is available in San Bruno.

multcolib_susannel Apr 19, 2015

Brutality comes in many forms:
emotionally distant husband, cruel prejudice and bullying and the impersonal ruthlessness of nature. But kindness comes in many forms too, and when Jamie comes home a hero from WWII, Laura finds out just what they are.

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nhoj
Dec 22, 2013

Set just post WW2 in the rural south USA where racism is dominant and womens emancipation far off, this story is told in the voices of each character dominating the chapter. It's well written, depicting the thoughts and attitudes of the main characters with a sure hand and an empathy you can feel. It builds to a violent climax that leaves you shaken at the injustice of it and it's inevitability.

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mrs_sweeney
Nov 08, 2013

Great story of an ugly time in a grimy setting. The backdrop is great. The author makes you feel the grime of the landscape not only how it invades the dwellings but invades the characters. This was a quick, easy read since there aren't any fillers to take up pages just a terrific moving story. I'm not a fan of the speaker per chapter style but the author does make it work. The characters were real and I feel like everyone would know people like them. Thanks to the author for such an enjoyable read.

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mrs_sweeney
Nov 08, 2013

Great story of an ugly time in a grimy setting. The backdrop is great. The author makes you feel the grime of the landscape not only how it invades the dwellings but invades the characters. This was a quick, easy read since there aren't any fillers to take up pages just a terrific moving story. I'm not a fan of the speaker per chapter style but the author does make it work. The characters were real and I feel like everyone would know people like them. Thanks to the author for such an enjoyable read.

smc01 Jul 22, 2013

An amazing first novel - Jordan is a talented and promising writer. Her characters are compelling and real, and I cared deeply about them. She has a special way of summing things up with just the right words.

thart May 18, 2013

Read for Bookies fiction book club CLPL for May 2013. I finished the book the night before and then promptly missed going to book club because I was grading finals. This double angered me because I did not like the book at all, and since I missed book club I basically read it for no benefit whatsoever. Different characters narrate each chapter, rotating between a few of them. I do not feel like the writer captured the voices of each person very well, and much less successfully than other recent books that have done the same thing (like The Help). It was a farm, life sucked, and people were racist. Not a big shocker for 1940s Mississippi and definitely a cliche. I would not recommend wasting your time reading this one, I definitely want those hours of my life back. It was boring and not thought-provoking at all.

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gr8_reader
Aug 13, 2012

Jordan is an excellent writer but I didn't find the story all that spellbinding... the character development was great at first but then became a bit hollow...

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rsenots
Jul 25, 2012

.I read this last summer and could not put it down. Awesome book, with people and places that you will remember for a long time. This is her first novel and after I finished it I had a kind of mourning that it was over! So I tried to find another book ion the same kind of feel and couldn't find anything until
Meg Mitchell Moore's "The Arrivals" which helped me go into another land of great characters and prose (and her first novel as well!).

bbaby4 Jul 21, 2012

I found myself caring deeply for these characters, simply etched by the writer. And the story was very engaging. A very good read.

sharonb122 Jul 07, 2012

I read "When She Woke" first and read the comments that "Mudbound" was much better--I agree! It deserves awards. The various characters tell the story, each were different and the writing suited their background but each eloquent in their own way. This portrait of history and setting is graphic and brings home serious topics of racism, male/female relationships, war, PTSD, religion and others. there is compeling plot with surprising and sometimes ironic twists and realistic characters. In the end there is tragedy and sadness, but also some elements of hope, kindness, courage and and even some triumph.
This is a MUST READ!

Simply fantastic!! Could not put it down.

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trizen
Jun 02, 2012

Brilliantly written, fantastic read.

brianreynolds Nov 23, 2011

It is always nice to read a novel that has a plot. When that is combined, as it is in Hillary Jordan's dark but delicately beautiful Mudbound, with disturbingly three-dimensional characters and a deft hand with language, the result is this reader staying up half the night devouring it. An enjoyable read? That's hard when the topic is American, specifically Deep Southern, race relations in the post World War II era. There's little to savour in the theme, but the meal is satisfying beyond a doubt. There is plenty of meat on the table. The love interest supplies the right amount of spice. And before pushing away from the groaning board, the author offers us a touch of sweetness that in no way diminishes the emotional impact of the feast. I couldn't ask for anything more.

debwalker Jun 01, 2011

Pennie Clark Ianniciello, Costco's book buyer, has chosen Mudbound by Hillary Jordan as her pick of the month for June. In Costco Connection, which goes to many of the warehouse club's members, she wrote:

"Because I've lived in Seattle my whole life, I have a deep appreciation for books that have the power to transport me to other, unfamiliar places. Hillary Jordan's Mudbound is exactly that kind of book.

"Set in the Mississippi Delta in 1946, Mudbound is told through several voices. City-bred Laura finds the cotton farm where she and her husband, Henry, now live strange and frightening. Henry is far too trusting, which results in the couple and their children living in a shack.

"Then there's the friendship between two men freshly returned from World War II. Henry's charming brother, Jaime, fights the demons he brought home from the war, while Ronsel Jackson, the son of a sharecropper, is transformed from war hero to just another black man.

"Mudbound is a testament to the power of a great book."

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DeltaQueen50
Apr 25, 2011

I can’t say enough about this spellbounding, intense book. Mudbound examines the lives of both a white farm family and a black share cropper family in the years right after World War II. Both families welcome home a soldier returning from Europe.

Sharing such a common history and bond, these two men gravitate towards each other much to the dismay of both families. Friendships such as these were a secret, fearful thing in the days of Jim Crow. The war had taken these men, broadened their horizons and now had placed them back in a world of dark suspicions, hatred and discrimination.

This is the first novel for Hillary Jordan, and it truly is incredible. Powerful, simplistic writing, characters that are fully developed and real, and a story that will haunt me for a long, long time. The story unfolds as seen through the eyes of different characters, each viewpoint is so evolved and complete that the reader has no difficulty in identifying the storyteller at any given moment. Like an engine coming down the track, we can see where we are coming from and where we are going in this potent story of racism and its’ effects. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.

Algonquin_Lisa Feb 14, 2011

Set in the Mississippi Delta during the Jim Crow era, the story revolves around two brothers, Henry and Jamie. Henry is married and tied to his land, heavily influenced by his racist father. Jamie is a free spirit, attractive to women and without the prejudice his father and brother share. When Jamie befriends a black man named Ronsel he brings down the wrath of the entire community.

Of all the books written using these same themes, this is one of the better titles. Of course, the best of the best is William Faulkner, but Jordan writes a pretty good caliber of fiction.

m2 Jan 17, 2011

A terrific but intensely painful read. Wonderful.
Read this, then read
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson to get the lived history behind the story.

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budster
Sep 11, 2008

I found this a good summer read . It was easy to pick up for a few moments of intense reading whenever the chance came. Good writing and descriptive encounters between the characters. Very true to the time and place.


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