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Deacon King Kong: A Novel por James McBride
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Deacon King Kong: A Novel (edición 2021)

por James McBride (Autor)

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"From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting. In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride's funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion. Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us"--… (más)
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Título:Deacon King Kong: A Novel
Autores:James McBride (Autor)
Información:Riverhead Books (2021), 400 pages
Colecciones:Tu biblioteca
Valoración:*****
Etiquetas:fiction and literature, NYC, found family, crime, religion, marriage, Historical Fiction, friendship, racism

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Deacon King Kong por James McBride

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“Someone else had already taken over Deems’s bench at the flagpole. Nothing here would change. Life in the Cause would lurch forward as it always did. You worked, slaved, fought off the rats, the mice, the roaches, the ants, the Housing Authority, the cops, the muggers, and now the drug dealers. You lived a life of disappointment and suffering, of too-hot summers and too-cold winters, surviving in apartments with crummy stoves that didn’t work and windows that didn’t open and toilets that didn’t flush and lead paint that flecked off the walls and poisoned your children, living in awful, dreary apartments built to house Italians who came to America to work the docks, which had emptied of boats, ships, tankers, dreams, money, and opportunity the moment the colored and the Latinos arrived. And still New York blamed you for all its problems.”

This is the story of a community in Brooklyn within sight of the Statue of Liberty centered on the activities of main character, Sportcoat, a deacon at the local church. “Sportcoat was a walking genius, a human disaster, a sod, a medical miracle, and the greatest baseball umpire that the Cause Houses had ever seen, in addition to serving as coach and founder of the All-Cause Boys Baseball Team.” The year is 1969.

During one of Sportcoat’s alcoholic binges, he shoots Deems, the local drug dealer. The rest of the narrative tells of the ripple effect through the area. The impact is wide-reaching – the drug network, organized crime, local police, church members, residents, and long-time friends.

The beginning of the book is spent setting up the many threads, and it can seem a bit chaotic. It is sometimes difficult to keep track of the many characters and plot points. But I have read this author before (The Good Lord Bird), so I trusted he would bring it all together and my trust was well-placed.

McBride is skilled at employing humor to offset the anguish of serious topics. For example, a hit man keeps bumbling the hit by way of a variety of bizarre mishaps. There are ongoing jokes about the definition of a deacon, a mysterious supply of cheese, and ants.

McBride has created a community of characters of many races that feel authentic. I cared about what happens to them. The threads of the story converge into a highly engaging experience. I can easily see this book being made into a film.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
Like another reader, I too was left wondering things about Sportcoat. Like: what happened to the Christmas fund? I was expecting it to be in the other"palm of God," as Hettie kept telling Sportcoat after her death, when he appeared to her in his moonshine hallucinations. It's like McBride got tired all of a sudden, and just didn't want to make any more effort with that character.
Nevertheless, this was a 4star book, with many carefully crafted characters, made to be loved or hated, living in and around the North East (?) of Brooklyn, in Project Housing ($43/month!), in the late 1960s.
Bad drugs have moved in, thanks to the encouragement of Uncle Sam, to make Black Lives Matter less. A boy growing up to be a baseball star, with the mentoring and coaching of Sportcoat, is now a dealer with a prime spot at the flagpole of his Housing Project. He's ambitious, and thinks he'll do better getting supplied by the Sicilian mob. His current distributor gets word of this, and has plans to nip it in the bud. Thus, a drug war is about to start. At the same time, Sportcoat the Deacon (nicknamed Deacon King Kong for his fondness of the moonshine that goes by that name), is getting pressured by the pastor and congregation of Five Points Baptist Church to produce the $3K claimed to be the amount of the Christmas Club money, that disappeared after Sportcoat's wife Hettie (the treasurer) walked into the harbor. This guy drank so much moonshine, I really don't get how his character could live to 71. Nonetheless, you will finish this book with a smile on your face and a warm feeling in your heart from reading this author's work. ( )
  burritapal | Oct 23, 2022 |
A unique storyline with a great cast of characters. I had high hopes for this book since I loved McBride's memoir "The Color of Water" so much, but I have to admit that this didn't hold my attention quite as much as I was expecting it to. Worth reading though. ( )
  SarahMac314 | Aug 12, 2022 |
I couldn’t get into this book. Too many characters to keep track of and the main character was not interesting at all.
  janismack | Jul 8, 2022 |
This novel is old fashioned in a way, despite its focus on a very current issue -- relations between Black people and White people. The "old-fashionedness" is the way the novel is written and structured. Like Dickens or other 19th century writers, it is packed with people. fully realized characters who touch your heart. And like older novels, it is driven by plot, full of surprises, and includes at least two love stories. Also, the book is brilliantly written, full of vivid images and lovely prose. It got more and more engrossing as I read on, and by the time I finished I was sad to have finished. ( )
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In a city where history is paved over and where the present landscape is defined by scaffolding bent toward an ever-developing future, this novel resists the usual nostalgia for a lost artists’ utopia. Instead, it animates a neighborhood scrimping by and revitalizes another nostalgic sore spot — that of community.
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Beneath the characters and comedy is a story about how a community and its religious institutions can provide a center to keep things from falling apart completely.
 

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Deacon Cuffy Lambkin of Five Ends Baptist Church became a walking dead man on a cloudy September afternoon in 1969. That’s the day the old deacon, known as Sportcoat to his friends, marched out to the plaza of the Causeway Housing project in South Brooklyn, stuck an ancient .45 Luger in the face of a nineteen-year-old drug dealer named Deems Clemens and pulled the trigger.
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"From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting. In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride's funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion. Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us"--

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