15 November 2009

The Book of Samuel; Erik Raschke

The Book of Samuel: A Novel The Book of Samuel: A Novel by Erik Raschke

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not being that Bible-literate, I have no idea how closely this Book tracks that Book of Samuel, but I'll bet that the heavy religious overtones create quite the controversy. This story of a boy (Samuel) growing up in Denver, with a father who has "found religion" (enough to leave the family and go off to preach the Word of the Lord), a mother suffering physically from the after-effects of polio, and the encroachment of Mexicans on his lower class American life has something to get under everyone's skin , be it religion, language, race or violence.

Beyond that, however, the plot is in that "nothing new" category, which is too bad because it could have been a far better book had the author chosen to go outside the coming-of-age convention.

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