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A Painted House
A Painted House
Author: John Grisham
Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers -- and two very dangerous men -- came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke's world. — A brutal murder leaves t...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780345532046
ISBN-10: 034553204X
Publication Date: 2/28/2012
Pages: 480
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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MaskedPenguinAvenger avatar reviewed A Painted House on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 27
I was not a fan of this book although I know many people that have enjoyed it. I sincerely hope it finds a home with someone who will appreciate it more than I did. It is slower moving than most of Grisham's novels.
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Helpful Score: 15
I usually am not a big fan of John Grisham, only because I don't really like legal thrillers. This, however, is completely different from anything else that I have seen written by him. It kind of reminded me of both Huck Finn and Grapes of Wrath. It is definately one of the best books I have ever read. I have recommended this book to all of my friends and family because it really did surprise me by being such a great book!
Lyn95 avatar reviewed A Painted House on
Helpful Score: 10
John Grisham is a master of writing legal dramas so I wondered wondered how good he would be out of that format. He did not disappointment. The setting for A Painted House is a poor cotton farm in Arkansas in the 1950's. The story is told from the perspective of a 7 year old boy, Luke. The characters are very clearly developed. Luke encounters much at such a young age; his story is mesmerizing. In writing this books, Grisham clearly shows he is a versatile writer. It is a book you won't be able to put down.
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Helpful Score: 7
I enjoyed this book simply for the fact that the descriptions were so vivid, and it was a easy read. The story of the seasonal farmers is very interesting, and the perspective of the child was an interesting view.
scrapbooklady avatar reviewed A Painted House on + 472 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Honestly, I could not wait for this book to end. It was SOOOOOOO slow from start to finish. BORING is the only way to describe it... I would not recommend. I'm a big Grisham fan and admire him for trying to depart from the legal stories but this just didn't work for me.
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Great book; this is a departure from what you normally would expect from John Grisham. I can relate to the characters having grown up in the fifties.
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very different from grisham's normal work. no lawyers, but still very interesting.
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An excellent tale with unforgettable characters. Although it is not related to crime or law, an excellent writing I couldn't put down.
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Very interesting. I love John Grisham and this was out of the norm from the types of books I read by him but I liked it.
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Being from the city my entire life, I thoroughly enjoyed this book for its insight into life on a farm in the country through the eyes of a young boy. That it was set in a period back in history was even more intriguing. Anything but idyllic, A Painted House is brutally real as it tells the story of a poor farming family and how their fate is tied to the land and weather.
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Not Grisham's usual courtroom procedural, but quite possibly his best work. The ring of truth asserts itself as Grisham describes a biographical boyhood in the deep South. A worthy read, and most likely his best contribution to literature ever.
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This was an enjoyable quick read. Not particularly meaty but I do enjoy books which offer a voyeuristic view at times and situations which I will never personally experience. Perfect beach book.
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great book by a great author
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First time I read anything by John Grisham. I liked it so much i went and bought a few of his books. This one is a little different, has nothing to do with lawyers and courthouses like his books usually do.
busterboomer avatar reviewed A Painted House on + 96 more book reviews
I never thought I would like Grisham's books about lawyers. I decided to read this because it was a departure from that. This book kept my interest and had a really good plot.
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It veers away from John's Grisham's normal type of story but it still kept me hooked until the end.
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A wonderful novel in which you can't help feel the characters beguiling story of family, love, survival, and innocence lost.
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a good read. but then again, i think all john grisham books are a good read.
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A Painted House is a moving story of one boy,s jpurney from innocense
to experience