9.20.2013

The Chaneysville Incident by David Bradley | Book Review


Stats:Published August 6, 2013 as an ebook/Original publish date is in 1981

Description from Goodreads:
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction: A bitter young man searches for the truth about his father’s death and discovers the power of history in shaping our lives
Brilliant but troubled historian John Washington returns to his hometown of Chaneysville, Pennsylvania—just north of the Mason-Dixon Line—to learn more about the death of his father. Washington discovers that his father was researching a mystery of his own: why thirteen escaped slaves reached freedom in Chaneysville only to die there, for reasons forgotten or never known at all.
A story of personal discovery and historical revelation, The Chaneysville Incident explores the power of our pasts. Based in part on actual events, this extraordinary novel won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award and placed David Bradley in the front ranks of contemporary American authors.

My thoughts:
I received this book from NetGalley. The description of a historic mystery, a troubled son going home, and runaway slaves, drew me right in. I was very excited to start reading it, until I started.
I don't like to give a bad a review to any book. I can enjoy almost anything that I pick up and find something good about it. But this was hard. The storyline itself is amazing. It is totally something that I would buy by the book description. The concept and the material that it deals with (slavery and racism) are important and the history of those are interesting. But the book itself was not something that I could get into.
The writer often spent an entire page of more describing the way a path in the woods looked and smelled and felt. It was an endless sentence in an endless paragraph. And by the time I got to the end of the paragraph I had already forgotten what we were talking about to begin with.
I know that many people love and rave of this book and everyone is welcome to their own opinion. I am just not one of them. I couldn't even finish the book and stopped at the halfway point.


It is important to note that I received this book from NetGalley in return for a book review. That being said, the feelings expressed in this review are my own and were not influenced by an outside source.

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