Sullivan's Island: A Low Country Tale [Hardcover] Hardcover – January 1, 1999
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- Publisher : JOVE Berkley Publishing Group (January 1, 1999)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 383 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0739408372
- ISBN-13 : 978-0739408377
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
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During the story that takes place in 1999, it was very annoying that there were periods in the book where every other paragraph was “Oh God,” or “Oh, Jesus.” Up to a certain point, the mother is correcting her 14 year old daughter not to say them, then she starts saying it more than the daughter.
Also in the part of the story that takes place in 1963, there is a 21 year old man fooling around with a 14 year old girl. Last time I checked, even back then, that was statutory rape...)Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis come to mind,) which was not necessary. The book had to be written after at least 1999 since that is when the later part of the story takes place, so I find it odd that an author would make up that part of the story (since it is fiction,) just because....
I do like the way that the author doesn’t spend a lot of time describing the physical characteristics of the characters and lets you draw your own conclusions and view them without “categorizing” them by race (for the most part unless necessary for the sake of the story) or sexual orientation: the hair dresser whose first name as “Kim” may or not be Asian and he lives with a guy but she doesn’t “specify” that he is gay.
I also like that her characters are not either all bad or all good. For instance, you want the man who beats his kids to die but the good side of him was that he stood up for the African Americans during the Civil Rights Era.
I would love to see the book rewritten with just the 1963 story. If it was just your regular, fun, beach read, I would give it five stars. It is just it could be so great.
The characters are all so believable and will remind the reader of their growing up days. Livvie, the house keeper was my favorite. She keeps everyone "in line" with her wisdom and humor. I am reading the second book in this series now and it is proving to be just as enjoyable as this one. I do love this author!
they become friends. Susan cusses and swears as a youngster but as a mother scolds her daughter when she even says, "Oh God! " Her father puts his life on the line fighting for Civil rights but beats his children and cheats on his wife. So many ironies.
I loved Livvie, the black woman who saved Susan's family and filled her with love and truth.
I recognized my own childhood in the author's nostalgia, and I did not grow up on the South.
Thank you for highlighting those times. I was afraid they'd be forgotten forever.
I gave the book 4 stars, which is good considering the quantity of great books out there
Only God is perfect.
Top reviews from other countries
I will never make a purchasing decision based on other people's reviews again. I can't understand how anyone would find this story or its characters endearing, interesting or even remotely believable. And I suppose the author and editors were too busy counting projected sales figures to do the maths on the protagonist's age. Blech!! A total insult to my intelligence.