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The View from Delphi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2004

    Story Telling At Its Best!!!

    As I contemplate the dizzying pace at which most of us race through our everyday lives, I am grateful to Jon Odell for giving me pause to deeply breathe in the richness of this poetic and profoundly inspired novel. Jon Odell is simply a masterful story teller! He ranks among a dying breed of writers who are gifted and thoughtful enough to tell the stories of ordinary people in a way that intimately and vicariously takes us to where they are while introducing us to ourselves. Nowhere is this more needed than in human relationships across racial stratifications. I am so incredibly excited about this book because although set in pre-Civil rights Mississippi it is not just about the south. It poignantly tells the untold story of race in America through the intriguing lives and relationship of two complicated heroines, one white and one black, (As an African American this is refreshing to me because rarely have I read a book by a white author in which there is a black main character who is not being rescued by benevolent white characters). By honestly and vividly telling their stories-as well as a whole cast of provocative characters, Jon Odell has invited us all into a honest dialogue about our own race stories, our relationships across race, and ultimately our shared history and future as Americans. I guarantee you that, 'The View From Delphi,' will make you laugh, weep, and think deeply no matter what your race. Enjoy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2006

    Pass it on!

    This book is one of those rare finds that you want everyone you know that reads to share. The spiritual journeys the characters take are rarely placed in the context of their lives and those around them. I've never been a part of a book discussion club, but I need to be - to discuss this book! The issues raised by this book are too important to put down when finished reading the book. Depression is another aspect Odell portrays. Odell's skill at story telling are similar to those of Pat Conroy's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Compassionate and True

    THE VIEW FROM DELPHI is a vital book lest we forget the hatred and bias still existing in our country. Jonathon Odell has created 'whole' characters and shows us both the despicable and embraceable qualities of each with a near unrivaled compassion. Jonathon's writing is reminiscent of James Baldwin in 'Go Tell it on the Mountain' or 'Another Country.' His work reminds me of Lee Smith at her best. I lived where his story took me. I felt as if Vida, Floyd, Johnny, Hazel, Levi and Sweet Pea were my people. That Odell allowed me to share their company, their confusion, their pain and their ignorance. This author has gifted us with a story of great importance and truth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    Beautiful Characters & Historical Context

    Odell has created a work of immediacy and pertinence. I was privledged to receive a reader's copy of the book. Odell's strength is in his characters and his dialogue....familiar, yet unique and totally engaging. Without compromising to cynicism, he has a unique voice that captures an historic era in American history and educates while he entertains. I want to know these people, and have them in my life. My only regret is that this is fiction. Bravo!

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