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Kings of the Earth

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

    Beautifully written story

    Jon Clinch is my new favorite author. It is so refreshing to read a book that is genuinely well written, characters that are so beautifully imagined that you actually believe they exist, and a story that holds your attention from the first page to the last. Is it an action packed page turner? No, but it gives us a slice of life for a group of people in upstate New York, centering on three brothers who have lived their entire lives together in near poverty. As the story reveals itself, the reader comes to understand their lives and the events that define them.
    As soon as I finished this book, I had to pick up the author's first novel, "Finn," which is also beautifully written and engrossing--but much more violent with some disturbing scenes. I loved both books and can't wait to read more from this author.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

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    Stark, gritty but beautiful to behold.

    Kings of the Earth tells the story of the Proctor brothers, Vernon, Audie and Creed. The Proctors live on a dilapidated farm in upstate New York. Vernon, the oldest Proctor, believes he is dying of the same cancer that took his mother many years ago. Audie is feeble-minded and often oblivious to what's going on around him. Creed is the youngest, yet the only one who's seen the "real" world, so his time on the farm is especially tragic. "Work and woe had done to these men not their worst but just their usual, which was enough."(152) Besides the boys, there is a sister, Donna. Donna somehow manages to slip away from farm life and lives with her husband in a nearby town. She visits the boys often and does what's needed on her end, but she is careful and keeps her distance when possible. Mostly as a protective measure because it's clear that she loves her brothers dearly. The story opens with Vernon's death. It's assumed that cancer is the cause, but an autopsy says otherwise. Clinch tells the story in short, snippets. Not chapters really, but brief, alternating points of view. We hear from the brothers, Donna, the parents, the neighbors and law enforcement while going back and forth in time. Although this method of storytelling is complex and not easy to pull off, Clinch manages to do it beautifully. Clinch's description of farm life left me with dust on my shoes and a bit of grit in my mouth. I have a term that I like to use for novels like this, "atmospheric fiction." The other books that I've read that have fallen into this category are Cormac McCarthy's Outer Dark and Child of God. All of them being incredibly detailed and rounded with rough edges. Although very rich, and nicely told, I was expecting (and wanting) a slightly different ending. However, I sat on my reaction for several weeks and let it roll around in my head. Now that some time has passed, I see the appropriateness of the ending. It really could not have ended any other way. I was not aware of it as I was reading the book but the Proctor brothers are loosely based on the Ward brothers who also lived on a rural farm in upstate New York. If you choose to pick-up this book, I don't think you will be disappointed and in fact, you may find a new favorite author to add to your list.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

    Highly recommended

    Just finished this genuinely enjoyable book.

    The story is based in a real incident that took place in upstate New York and was the subject of an award winning documentary, Brother's Keeper.

    It is the story of the Proctor brothers, Vernon, Audie and Creed, hard scrabble dairy farmers who have spent their entire lives on the rundown family farm near the tiny village of Cassius NY.

    It opens with Vernon's death ("My brother Vernon went on ahead," is the first sentence on the book, spoken by Audie, the mostly blind, intellectually disabled middle brother) in the bed he has shared with his brothers all his life. There may be evidence of foul play and one of the brothers is accused of the death.

    In sub plots, told in episodes titled by the year of the event and in sub-chapters heaed by the various characters in the story, we learn of their father's drunkeness, their mother's long suffering love, their sister's escape from the drudgery of the family farm and her son's desire to become a dope kingpin in upstate New York.

    While the brotehrs are described as uneducated, barely ,lif at all literate, and wearing cow manure encrusted clothes, they come across as very sympathetic. Their neifghbors, thehatches evolve into essentially surrogate parents/care takers over the many years they live up thehill from the brothers.

    The writing style is interesting and engaging, even though some characters' segments are in the first person and others in the third, one cahracter's segments are told in his conversations with (usually) his son who is not given any dialogue. The time line jumps back and forth between 1932 and 1990.

    Well worth picking up.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2012

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    I can't say much more than what's been said. Beautiful book, ex

    I can't say much more than what's been said. Beautiful book, extraordinary characters full of the riches humanity. Highly recommend.

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