Wednesday, January 15, 2014
You know a book is good when you get close to the end and delay finishing it because you don't want to leave the world it has created. This was how "The Good Lord Bird" affected me. McBride's genius for finding the voice, pitch and atmosphere to convey a meaning to John Brown and his raid certainly creates a "reality" for this momentous chapter in American history that the sundry facts can't quite make manifest. I certainly had not expected this achievement, given the darkly comic and over-the-top character of Onion, who in my mind, anyway, takes his place alongside or even a little above Huck Finn.Highly recommended.