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The Well and the Mine

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Terrific Debut Novel

Gin Phillips deserves every ounce of attention she receives for The Well and the Mine. This is a breathtaking first novel. Phillips paces the story in perfect rhythm with the lives of these deceivingly simple characters. Her research into the everyday details of 1931 ...
Gin Phillips deserves every ounce of attention she receives for The Well and the Mine. This is a breathtaking first novel. Phillips paces the story in perfect rhythm with the lives of these deceivingly simple characters. Her research into the everyday details of 1931 rural Alabama is matched only by her deft craftsmanship and pitch-perfect voices. The plot here (which is very compelling) moves at the pace of the river, slowly unraveling each member of this vividly rendered family into fully realized human beings, wrought with their own loves and hopes and worries and fears. We face heightened racism, poverty, and suspicion in Carbon Hill, Alabama, but we also witness the irresistible goodness of a devoted family holding each day to a standard long lost in modern culture. Late in the novel, the youngest child in the Moore family says, â¿¿Iâ¿¿d listened to Pop good enough to make his story mine.â¿ Phillips has listened well, very well, and while her story navigates a gulf of southern traditions, this gorgeously complicated novel is entirely her own.

posted by Anonymous on March 7, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not Very good :/

I thought that this was an OK book. Not really that great. The ending was pretty lame, and the book kept straying off-topic. Also, the switching from character to character got a little confusing from time to time.

posted by TyBDo on August 15, 2011

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Not Very good :/

    I thought that this was an OK book. Not really that great. The ending was pretty lame, and the book kept straying off-topic. Also, the switching from character to character got a little confusing from time to time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2009

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    The What and the Who?

    I did not care for this book. After I finished reading it, I thought Ok, that was lame.
    It was not thrilling, or dramatic or even really interesting. I was hoping it would get better but it stayed slow and dry.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

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    Apparently I'm the lone curmudgeon

    Let me start off by saying I liked this book. That said, there were a few things that kept me from loving it.

    I thought the premise that kicked off the whole story was terrific -- a young girl witnesses a woman dropping a baby down a well. There's an immediate promise of conflict that never really seems to materialize. It's a very gentle book, perhaps too gentle for the deep and emotional topics it tries to take on. This is that rare family without conflict.

    The writing is good enough; there are lots of evocative details and the author seems to capture the period and the place well enough. But the characters seem lackluster. One of the problems is that when the author switches from one "voice" to another, there's not enough difference to tell them apart. The entire story might as well have been told in one voice. I would also say that the author does not succeed in capturing the thoughts, psychology, or conversation of her male characters.

    The climactic scenes of the book (Tess and Virgie's confrontation of the Well Woman, and Papa's defiance of interracial restrictions) come too late and are too weak to be more than lukewarm and marginally satisfying. This reader, having stuck with it to the end, hoped for just a little more.

    Recommended for genteel readers and maybe even young readers of the "Little House on the Prairie" ilk. Most other readers will find the whole thing a little too tame and a little too sweet.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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