Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Natchez Burning

I recently picked up a copy of Greg Iles book Natchez Burning. I don't remember reading any of his other books, but the book looked interesting so I gave it a read.

The Story

Penn is from Mississippi. He grew up in Natchez, and his father is a well respected doctor. But Mississippi has some dark moments in its history. And it seems as though nobody is left untouched by those moments. Penn learns that the past can come back and bite you in the butt when you least expect it.

What I Thought

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is interesting. The author brings back to life times when life was really dangerous for those who were trying to change the culture during the civil rights movement. I liked how it showed that there were good individuals, who somehow did many of the right things. But even good individuals has faults. And there are always those who exploit the mistakes of others. Penn's father Tom learns how true this can be. 

I also like that this book explores how difficult it can be to do the right things in life. It doesn't matter how bad you want to, there may be something holding you back.

And I also like how this book explores what motivates us to do things. Penn's girlfriend is a reporter. And I like how the author brings out through her, that even though we say we have certain motivations. We may claim that our motivations are pure, but when we take a deeper look at them they are not what we originally thought them to be.

Parts of this book are very depressing. And there is a certain amount of violence, but it fits in with the story. It is well written, and you want to learn more about the characters.

If you are looking for an interesting read then this book is for you. But it is not a quick read it is quite long, so plan on investing some time in the book.
 



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