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Deacon King Kong: A Novel par James McBride
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Deacon King Kong: A Novel (édition 2021)

par James McBride (Auteur)

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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"--… (plus d'informations)
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Deacon King Kong par James McBride

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What a wonderful novel! McBride has written a wild ride of a story, plotted like a farce and full of comic but dignified characters, that is both a tragedy and a comedy; I don't really want to say more than that but I should say that some of the wildest and most disparate plot threads come together in. logical and almost foreseeable climax. I enjoyed every minute of this novel. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2021 |
A raucous story of mostly Black people in a housing projects neighborhood in Brooklyn. It was hard for me to get into it and keep track of all the characters and figure any story other than day to day troubles for the first half of the book, but in the last half the characters took on meaning and the story developed. ( )
  ZachMontana | Apr 5, 2021 |
This is a difficult book to review. I found the first half a definite struggle, put it down so frequently that I finished 8 books before getting to the point where I cared about Sportcoat and his friends. The second half of the novel was sweet, humorous, and provided some conclusions. But I’m not sure I’d recommend anyone else put in this much labor!
I’d rate the first half one star, second half four. ( )
  Nancyjcbs | Mar 27, 2021 |
The story begins in 1969 when an elderly alcoholic named Sportcoat stumbles into the central plaza of a Brooklyn housing project and shoots a drug dealer. What follows is just the kind of novel we all need right now, a crowded and good-hearted romp through difficult circumstances and challenging times. Peopled with the residents of the Cause, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church, some Italian gangsters and a lovelorn Irish cop, this novel has several plot lines involving dozens of characters and yet manages to make all of them come to life. There's real heart in this book, even as it never looks away from the challenges they all face or of the way their small piece of New York is changing forever.

And through it all goes Sportcoat, always looking for his next drink, haunted by the ghost of his wife and never quite understanding what all the fuss is about. ( )
1 voter RidgewayGirl | Mar 20, 2021 |
Now this is an acceptable NYC novel for me. It's a piece in time in 1960's Brooklyn, with a vast cast of real characters, living, fighting, loving. It looks big, but moves quick. I did miss the best feature of 'The Good Lord Bird', the unique writing style,but obviously it wouldn't work for 1960s New York. I feel like each chapter mainly featured a conversation with two people that sometimes went on too long. The book is full of heart and I wanted more of the lives of these great characters, rather than their conversations. I especially would have liked more backstory from The Elephant's mom who liked to rescue plants from empty lots. I wonder if McBride will write a sequel? If you liked this book, try 'The Turner House' by Angela Flournoy or 'The House of Broken Angels' by Luis Alberto Urrea. ( )
  booklove2 | Mar 19, 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.
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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.
 

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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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