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Deacon King Kong: A Novel de James McBride
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Deacon King Kong: A Novel (edição: 2020)

de James McBride (Autor)

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"From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting. In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride's funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion. Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us"--… (mais)
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Título:Deacon King Kong: A Novel
Autores:James McBride (Autor)
Informação:Riverhead Books (2020), Edition: 1st Edition, 384 pages
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Deacon King Kong de James McBride

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This book is a real treat. It is funny, warm and humane. In the end, everyone gets their just due and it feels right. I will be looking for more books by James McBride. ( )
  PatsyMurray | Jul 15, 2021 |
The amazing characters made this book. Could be a terrific movie. I hope they make it. ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
Here's the South Brooklyn of The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight after the goombahs have cleared out. The old souls left in the housing projects are just as goofy: odd-jobbers, church ladies, courtyard smack dealers and cops just being careful out there. Mysteries linger to test the wits of this picaresque group, heirs to the tricksters of The Good Lord Bird.
  rynk | Jul 11, 2021 |
An excellent period piece about the Brooklyn projects in the late 1960s, as heroin begins its ascension to drug stardom. McBride is a master of character development and of clever nicknames. Sportcoat (aka Cuffy, aka Dean King Kong) is an old drunk, who shoots and wounds the local dealer, a boy he taught in Sunday school and groomed to escape to a baseball career, who got lured into the fast life and easy money. The neighborhood and church ladies rally to hide him from the police and the punishment decided by the dealer's bosses. Showcasing his deep cross-understanding of people of all colors and creeds, McBride weaves in several love stories: Sportscoat's with his deceased wife Hettie, one of the black church ladies and a white precinct cop, and the local Italian smuggler (the Elephant) with the daughter of his father's Irish prisonmate. The wild story of the Irish prisonmate asking the Elephant's father to hide a relic, and then asking the son to find it is zany and fun, and the Elephant's mother employs Sportcoat to help in her garden. 4.5 stars. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Everyone had a reason to be crazy in the Cause. There was mostly a good reason behind everything.
Until Sportcoat shot Deems. That was different. Trying to find reason in that was like trying to explain how Deems went from being a cute pain in the ass and the best baseball player the projects had ever seen to a dreadful, poison-selling, murderous meathead with all the appeal of a cyclops. It was impossible.
  taurus27 | Jun 30, 2021 |
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In a city where history is paved over and where the present landscape is defined by scaffolding bent toward an ever-developing future, this novel resists the usual nostalgia for a lost artists’ utopia. Instead, it animates a neighborhood scrimping by and revitalizes another nostalgic sore spot — that of community.
adicionado por pbirch01 | editarSeattle Times (Mar 25, 2020)
 
Beneath the characters and comedy is a story about how a community and its religious institutions can provide a center to keep things from falling apart completely.
adicionado por pbirch01 | editarWashington Post, Bethanne Patrick (Mar 9, 2020)
 

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Deacon Cuffy Lambkin of Five Ends Baptist Church became a walking dead man on a cloudy September afternoon in 1969. That’s the day the old deacon, known as Sportcoat to his friends, marched out to the plaza of the Causeway Housing project in South Brooklyn, stuck an ancient .45 Luger in the face of a nineteen-year-old drug dealer named Deems Clemens and pulled the trigger.
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"From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting. In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride's funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion. Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us"--

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