Friday, December 27
Book Review: Mercy Among the Children
Author: David Adams Richards
Summary: At the age of twelve, Sydney Henderson pushes his friend Connie Devlin from the church roof. Looking down on Connie’s motionless body, Sydney believes he is dead. Let Connie live and I will never harm another soul, Sydney vows to God. At that moment, Connie stands up, wipes his bloody nose, and with a laugh, walks away. In the years that follow, the self-educated, brilliant and now almost pathologically gentle Sydney holds true to his promise. Yet others in the small rural community regard Sydney’s pacifism as an opportunity to exploit and torment the vulnerable Hendersons. Raised on the books his father has long collected, Sydney’s eldest son Lyle shares a deep respect for the power of words. But forced to witness the persecution of those he loves, Lyle turns his back on God and literature and adopts a more aggressive strategy for the protection of his family. An exploration of how humanity faces inhumanity, how lies and disappointments cannot and will never destroy truth and human greatness, Mercy Among The Children is a novel set in a particular place and time, yet universal in its message.
My Rating: 10/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This book was absolutely stunning, beautiful and bittersweet book. The more I read, the more I didn't want to put the book down, nor did I want it to end. It was an extraordinary read, lovely writing and story and it's my favourite book I've read all year - it was an absolutely incredible read!
There was one part of the book that brought me to tears, even when I could guess what was about to happen I was heartbroken, but it was so beautifully written, heartbreaking moment, involving Percy. There were multiple parts of the story that stood out, but that section was one of the ones I remember the most. Other parts near the end were also shocking, bittersweet moments. The book was a bit of a downer at times, a lot of hardship and trying times for the characters, but the author did a fantastic job at delivering the entire story, it's individual pieces and as a whole.
I was very invested in the characters, there well being, and the book was filled with a incredible cast of very well created, complex characters. You may not love them all, but they are all very realistic, well fleshed out characters, which was part of the reason why I was so drawn into the book. All the characters had both good and bad sides to them, all were morally grey, and I think the author executed that aspect of them wonderfully.
The entire story and characters came together so well, it was a very engrossing read, which became next to impossible to put down. There's not anything I can say against this book. It's probably the best book I read all year, and one of the best books I've ever read. And it's one I'd highly recommend and encourage others to read.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, in fact I'd say this book is a must read.
What to read next: I would say read more by the author.
Challenges: 2013 Category Challenge, 7th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Alphabet Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge