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The Cutting Season (2012)

by Attica Locke(Favorite Author)
3.44 of 5 Votes: 4
0061802050 (ISBN13: 9780061802058)
review 1: If there is ever a prize for innovation in lackluster potboilers, this book deserves it. It squanders every opportunity for development in terms of character and plot, which is astonishing because it might have been a very good novel indeed.Even the potential for writing a strong, independent, intelligent woman of color as the protagonist, caught up in the machinations and rheumy perversity of an Old South racism/classism scenario, was tossed in favor of a tepid, ultimately nonsensical, and weak-kneed romanticism replete with a hand-waving just-so denouement that left me with a powerful urge to go re-read Octavia Butler's Parable books and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God in order to reacquaint myself with goodness and purge the bad taste Cutting Season le... moreft in my mouth.To have turned such rich and fertile ground into a park for a shaggy dog to do its business is just sad. Culturally speaking, it's reprehensible and irresponsible.
review 2: Could not get into this book at all.... The prose describing the Louisiana plantation was overdone and awkward, and the author's writing style is too choppy for me. She seems to have a lot of run on sentences that go no where and force you to re-read passages to be sure you haven't miss something. Incorporating beautiful prose should appear to be done effortlessly and fluidly. A good book editor should know better! less
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An engaging story that kept me interested. But the ending was a bit boring and anti-climactic.
I liked the first half of this book, but felt it dragged on a bit towards the end.
very good murder mystery that takes place on an historic sugar cane plantation.
66% complete.
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