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  • Title: Trouble in July
  • Author: Erskine Caldwell
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  • Page: 252
  • Format: Paperback
  • Through the summer twilight in Depression era South, word begins to circulate of a black man accosting a white woman In no time the awful forces of public opinion and political expediency goad the separate fears and frustrations of a small southern community into the single mindedness of a mob.Erskine Caldwell shows the lynching of Sonny Clark through many eyes However,Through the summer twilight in Depression era South, word begins to circulate of a black man accosting a white woman In no time the awful forces of public opinion and political expediency goad the separate fears and frustrations of a small southern community into the single mindedness of a mob.Erskine Caldwell shows the lynching of Sonny Clark through many eyes However, Caldwell reserves some of his most powerful passages for the few who truly held Clark s life in their hands but let it go people like Sheriff Jeff McCurtain, who did nothing to disperse the mob Harvey Glenn, who found Clark in hiding and turned him in and Katy Barlow, who withdrew her false charge of rape only after Clark was dead.
    Trouble in July Through the summer twilight in Depression era South word begins to circulate of a black man accosting a white woman In no time the awful forces of public opinion and political expediency goad the sep

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    1. Good lord, this was dark Imagine To Kill a Mockingbird without Atticus Finch in fact, without a single character with a lick of moral conscience and you have Trouble in July It s a sadly, disturbingly accurate look at racial politics in the South It was published in 1940, but the attitudes in this novel have not changed too much in the past 76 years I m from South Carolina, and I was disturbed by how realistic the scenario in this book felt This was an excellent read and one that deserves recog [...]

    2. Like the other Erskine Caldwell books that i ve read, this is an extremely disquieting tale of racism and evil mixed with a quirky off the cuff sense of humor The first time i read Caldwell Tobacco Road i was surprised by how funny he could be with such ugly topic matter Sure, rural southern culture has a reputation for fostering ignorance and stupidity, but could it really reach a level of inhumanity this low Of course, Trouble in July was written in the 40 s, and that was obviously a much much [...]

    3. This is a fine book one of those that I read many years ago but that has stayed with me It s good to see that it s back in print also that it s now available in e book form The subject matter of Trouble in July a lynching means it s not always an easy read, but it is so well put together, and so atmospheric, that you are drawn into the narrative from the beginning The humid air of a southern summer seems to seep right off the pages.A key to this book and one of the other reviewers touched on thi [...]

    4. One of my favorite Caldwell books, not because it is a nice story, it is anything but, but it is realistic, as history has proven of the lives poor black folks down South endured since forever.It is about a lynching and I will say no so as not to spoil it for anybody who wishes to read it I love most of his books, and all the ones that deal with the South, along with Place called Estherville and this one is incredibly moving I highly recommend this book A

    5. This, like A Place Called Estherville, deals with the racism and violence in the South during the Depression It is very different from Tobacco Road and God s Little Acre as there is very little humor that is unless you consider the antics of a county sheriff trying to hide out so he won t be called upon to stop some good ole boys having a bit of fun and thus alienate some voters come the next election Yes That s right That bit of fun is a lynching This book is not just unsettling, it is frighten [...]

    6. A novel of the economics and sociology of racism What fascinates is that whether or not young black Sonny raped a white girl is irrelevant Frustrated poor whites want a pretext to kill something Wealthy land owners know if Sonny is lynched it will start a wave of such hysteria and blacks will flee the county, leaving them without pickers when the cotton matures in August hence the title The Sheriff, who lives rent free above the jail house with his wife, and doesn t want to lose his job in the n [...]

    7. Siamo nell epoca della Depressione, e la questione razziale nel Deep South Statunitense non ancora risolta Un America abbrutita dalla povert e dall ignoranza che, a seguito di un presunto stupro di un ragazzino di colore nei confronti di una ragazza bianca, scaglia la propria rabbia, indipendentemente da ogni criterio di accertamento della colpa, sul pi debole, sul popolo nero, fino ad allora tollerato solo perch indispensabile al lavoro pi duro.Rischierebbe di essere la solita vecchia storia di [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this story As always, the author creates interesting characters and clever dialogue that not only develops the atmosphere, but also gives one a sense of the characters themselves I don t pay much mind to opinions of political ilk regarding the story The story is a drama and oft times drama is ugly If you enjoy Americana, this book is for you Cheers

    9. One might be forgiven for suggesting that Erskine Caldwell had an obsession with the South though not with a sonorous sounding, gracious living Savannah or Charleston South Rather, with the poorest and dirtiest kind of South imaginable.The white characters of Caldwell s South are nothing less than narrow minded, evil mongering scoundrels the black characters, virtually all like frightened children just waiting for the next blow to fall out of God knows where and from God knows whom.And yet it s [...]

    10. Con l uscita di Fermento di luglio si conclude la ripubblicazione del Ciclo del Sud di Erskine Caldwell, iniziato con La via del tabacco e Piccolo campo.Estate, Georgia, estremo Sud degli Stati Uniti Tra i campi di cotone oppressi dall afa, l iroso abbaiare dei cani, i cespugli gialli di polvere ai bordi delle strade, si svolge una drammatica caccia all uomo Katy Barlow, bianca, accusa ingiustamente Sonny Clark, nero, di stupro Da una parte il negro braccato, con gli occhi sbarrati dal terrore d [...]

    11. In un afosa notte di luglio, lo sceriffo di Andrewjones Georgia viene bruscamente svegliato dai suoi vice per Jeff McCurtain, lo sceriffo, l inizio di una tormentata vicenda in cui la sorte di Sonny Clark, ingiustamente accusato di aver stuprato una ragazza bianca, uno dei fattori meno rilevanti Ci sono le elezioni e Jeff consapevole della difficolt di ottenere i voti necessari alla sua rielezione d altro canto non vuole tornare, dopo molti anni, a lavorare la terra Il suo unico interesse uscire [...]

    12. The sheriff is not a bad man just concerned with playing politics to keep his job He doesn t want to do anything until he knows which way the political wind is blowing Very sad, poor innocent Sonny The black people really did have it rough pre civil rights I shudder to think how many innocent people were lynched over the years, falsely accused, or being in the wrong place at the wrong time Poor white trash feeling the need to be superior to someone has been the cause of many terrible things This [...]

    13. Extremely depressing account of a lynching of a black sharecropper accused of raping a white woman It all takes place over the course of one day, showing how everyone contributes to the lynching It was well written, just very frustrating to read So although I think it s a good book, I just can t say I liked it, or that I recommend it.

    14. Trouble in July by Erskine Caldwell New American Library 1940 Fiction This short volume is the story of a lynching in rural Georgia in the 1930 s when a black man was wrongly accused of the rape of the fifteen year old daughter of a white sharecropper It is close to racial pornography it must have been incendiary when published My rating 7 10, finished 7 11 16.

    15. A good story strange politics in a small county seat in the rural south The ending was expected, but there were surprising aspects I would recommend it if you enjoyed God s Little Acre.

    16. A brief but powerful story of racial violence and prejudice in the Depression era South It involves the all too familiar tale of a white woman who falsely accuses a black man of rape and the white mob then takes over and seeks their own brand of justice Though written in 1940, it is still remarkably fresh and worth reading today.

    17. Leggere ha dei punti in comune con l a Ed una delle prime regole se non la prima di una relazione amorosa non pensare agli ex Se ci capita, evidente che qualcosa non va lo stesso che mi accaduto leggendo Fermento di luglio leggevo Caldwell, ma pensavo a Steinbeck Perch una storia cos cruda, cos vibrante, cos attuale, merita qualcuno dalle capacit espressive molto superiori a quelle di Caldwell Qualcuno che non descriva pedissequamente gli stati d animo dei personaggi ma riesca lo stesso a trasme [...]

    18. Trouble in July has a Too Kill A Mockingbird vibe at first A black man is accused of raping a white woman However, there is no Atticus Finch to save the day In fact, the end is true to life.

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