Kings Row

Kings Row

Book - 1982
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Publisher: Fulton, Mo. : Kingdom House, c1982, c1981.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: LPLC890302154739
LPLD890208184808
Characteristics: xxv, 536 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.

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DBRL_KrisA Apr 29, 2018

[For the record, I read the 2007 paperback edition of the book - which our library also has.]

This book took me a long time to read, and I'm not sure why. I've wanted to read it for years - I went to college in Fulton MO, the author's home town and the purported real subject of the book - but it wasn't until we started the project of reading my sister's to-read list that I finally knuckled down and checked it out from my public library. (Then returned it, unread, two months later, then checked it out again, then returned it, again unread, etc.) I finally started reading it almost two months ago (!) and finished it tonight.

At times, it reminds me of something by Steinbeck or Willa Cather, or Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio with its description of a small Midwestern town and its residents. Bellaman makes some strong statements about small-town people and their small-mindedness. One of the most interesting themes in the story is Parris's struggle to understand why he still loves the town of King's Row, knowing that he can't stand most of its inhabitants.
The story is a pleasant read when it's just a story about Parris and Drake and the other residents of the town, but the author periodically goes off on tangential discussions of psychology and sociology and religion that break up the interesting tempo of the story. In retrospect, it may have been these side trips of philosophy that made the journey through this book so long.

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