The Clock of Life

The Clock of Life

by AnthonyAnn Books


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ISBN-13: 9780988494411
Publisher: AnthonyAnn Books
Publication date: 11/10/2012
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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The Clock of Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
GReba More than 1 year ago
This is the story of young Jason Lee as he discovers himself, his family’s history and that of those surrounding him.  He’ll make friends that others think he ought not to have, save the lives of those that wouldn’t have that helping hand coming otherwise, and even lose someone whom he proudly calls brother…all in the span of about a decade.  It’s a lot for anyone to take in, let alone a young boy growing into the man he’s destined to be.  Funny thing about destiny though; you never really can see quite where it’s leading you and the connections it holds to our pasts are there whether acknowledged or not, for better or worse. I gotta say, I REALLY enjoyed this story.  It was well written, the characters were believable as were the situations into which they were placed.   Young Jason is touched by much heartache but he is also blessed in turn and discovers a life path for himself that will lead to greater rewards both now and in the ever after.  Quite a lad indeed....and in turn, each of his acquaintances and friends make a vivid impression. It’s a book that will move you in more ways than one with a story that could have been ripped from our own histories and characters memorable long past the final page turn. It’s that touch of actual history that brings it to life in the here and now…plus it gives readers a starting point for further investigation into our darker past as a nation and an insight into how we can avoid similar issues in the future.  Oh and of course, it also provides a great story of friendship, ignorance, acceptance and more…so whether historically drawn or not, you’re in for a great read. Recommended for teen readers and beyond due to a few harsh situations and issues dealt with; it’s all things that can be found in history one way or another but we’ll let the wee ones wait a few years to catch up to the concepts.  *review copy received in exchange for my honest review...full post can be found on my site*
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
With the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in the news, now is the perfect time to discover THE CLOCK OF LIFE by Nancy Klann-Moren. This intriguing story deals with the small town of Hadlee, Mississippi, in the 1980s where racial attitudes were steadfast. The story focuses on Jason Lee, a white boy, and his strong friendship with Samson Johnson, a black boy. In addition, Jason comes to know his larger-than-life father, who was killed in Vietnam, through stories from those around him. Jason longs to be like his father, but doesn’t believe he’s capable of it. THE CLOCK OF LIFE looks at two events in American history, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, that impacted a town, a family and the childhood bond of two boys much like it impacted people in real life. The historical references add depth and realism to this captivating story. Klann-Moren has created characters that remain with you long after the story ends. The emotions of the era are felt through these characters and their actions. The story flows smoothly and holds you spellbound as Jason endures pain and finds he has his father’s courage and strength. THE CLOCK OF LIFE is a subtle reminder of how far we’ve come, but also of how much more is needed to be done. These strong characters and reminders from the past are well blended for an inspiring read. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
Wow. What a beautifully written, profound novel. The Clock Of Life is a coming of age story with a healthy dose of historical fiction. The characters and their relationships are authentic and well-developed. Descriptive phrasing and imagery perfectly captures small town life in the deep South. The author nailed the deep Mississippi dialect. She includes just enough slang and phonetic spellings to give readers the sound of the accent, without making a parody of the dialogue. (A minor hang-up I had, which is probably a debated topic anyhow: I did find myself wishing she'd used apostrophes in place of dropped G's. It only occurred in dialogue, but it slowed me down a bit.) The Vietnam War is certainly a theme throughout the novel, but the 1965 Civil Rights March from Selma to Montgomery is what has an enormous impact on young Jason Lee. The actions of his father in Selma are especially relevant to the racism Jason Lee encounters years later in Hadlee. Jason Lee finds a great deal of strength from his father as he learns more about him. Yet, refreshingly, the book offers a fair and balanced view of the South. Rather than demonize the South for racism that continues to linger, pause is given to the complexity of these attitudes (which, as readers will see, runs both ways). Without giving anything away, the "senseless death" mentioned in the synopsis hit me hard. The weight of that grief brought me to tears, complete with that empty feeling you feel after a good cry. These are not shallow characters. These are people you get to know. The Clock Of Life was a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and it’s been adopted by the English Department at Los Medanos College for inclusion in their 100 Freshman Composition class due to its topics and themes. To be honest, I'd love to see this novel included on reading lists at the high school level as well. The friendship that develops between Jason Lee and Samson is so natural, almost instinctive; it amplifies the novel's themes in a way that is certain to resonate with teens and adults alike. I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.
penandtome More than 1 year ago
Southern culture in the small town of Hadlee, Mississippi is brought to life through the friendship between white boy Jason Lee Rainey and black boy Samson Johnson. The aftermath of the war in Vietnam, where Jason's father died and the fight for civil rights, are very much alive in current events, even though it's now the mid 1970s. Life is tough without a father when Jason's mother’s depression take a turns for the worst and he and his mentally-disable Vietnam vet uncle are left to fend for themselves. Will Jason be able to grow up fast enough to handle himself like a man? Good general coming of age story showing the good and bad of small town life after desegregation.