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|Read Ebook õ Deacon King Kong à 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 ShootingIn September , A Fumbling, Cranky Old Church Deacon Known As Sportcoat Shuffles Into The Courtyard Of The Cause Houses Housing Project In South Brooklyn, Pulls A From His Pocket, And In Front Of Everybody Shoots The Project S Drug Dealer At Point Blank RangeThe 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 HimselfAs The Story Deepens, It Becomes Clear That The Lives Of The Characters Caught In The Tumultuous Swirl Of S 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 CompassionBringing 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 I d highly recommend Deacon King Kong for readers who ve enjoyed This took a lot longer for me to finish than I was anticipating It s not particularly long or dense, but was just difficult to get back into once I put it down The characters are charming, fleshed out and full of life, but initially it was hard to connect with what they were doing Honestly I was over halfway through Deacon King Kong wondering what it was even about I mean, I knew what was happening, but I didn t understand what James McBride was trying to say I had no idea where it was headed, even as pieces began to overlap and fall together The seriousness of the catalyst and crime, Sportcoat shooting a 19 year old drug dealer in broad daylight, was played against the absurdity of the life he s leading I didn t know how I was supposed to react should I be on the edge of my seat or should I be cackling at the hijinks of the Cause Houses residents Was Sportcoat s utter confusion at the crime he was being told he committed funny or sad I think those questions ended up being indicative of the skill in James McBride s writing In places of poverty and where the only real ways to get ahead are on the wrong side of the law, you have to be able to find the bright spots or you ll be drowned in the dark places You can t just live to survive.While I did feel kind of aimless in the first half, the back half was nearly impossible to tear myself away from I kept hoping for not just an ending, but a resolution Despite not seemingly having anything in common with a majority of the characters like I originally felt, I became engrossed in their lives Deacon King Kong is one of those novels whose brilliance sneaks up on you I haven t been this pleasantly surprised by a book in a while, and I ll be looking to pick up by McBride going forwardThanks to Penguin Group Riverhead Netgalley for an advance copy Deacon King Kong is a crime novel centering around life in the projects in the 1960 s New York City What makes this novel such a standout achievement is not so much the action or plot so much as the writing which tells a whole life story in one paragraph If not in each sentence Often the characters are revealed in poetic street raps about how they earned their nicknames and what s going on McBride is an author I d never heard of before, but one worth checking out.Look, the lead character in this novel is an old codger who works here and there as a handyman and part time church deacon His nickname is sport coat and he s on a lifelong drunken binge on hooch his friend cooks up and affectionately calls King Kong Sport coat is haunted by his dead wife s ghost who one night followed the lights off the pier Sport coat doesn t always remember what s going on He hangs out mornings by the flagpole where the old folks gather, which is claimed in the afternoons by the local drug dealer One day he walks up to Deems and plugs him a good one Other characters include an Italian mobster who runs deliveries out of a container in a storage yard and whose father had a soft spot for the church by the projects All these multi faceted characters are brought to life by this story No ones a superhero, a star, a gunslinger in the old west. 4.5, rounded upI would like to thank GR giveaways and Riverhead Books for an advanced readers copy.James McBride has written an entertaining and very funny, witty novel with laugh out loud dialogue and even a touch of slapstick However, while humorous, this is also a very serious and disturbing novel as McBride confronts issues of racism and the problems that often spring from public housing such as poor conditions, violence and drugs A tricky balance, but one that McBride handles successfully, as he has in his previous work.Set in 1969 New York, a large cast of characters populate the book and give voice to the story those living in public housing and its church members, police, drug dealers and those involved in Italian organized crime McBride excels here, his characters come to life, some nearly jumping off the page While the characters can often be comic in nature, McBride also writes scenes that are heartfelt and true, scenes of great poignancy I must return to the dialogue in regards to the characters The affectionate verbal sparring between the central character, Sportcoat, and his friend Hot Sausage, two elderly drunks, is simply priceless The next time a friend is talking crazy nonsense, I hope I remember the expression Is your cheese done slid off your crackerI had never heard that one and it, along with many others, delighted me As far as the narrative itself, this is where I could pick at things and I needed to step back for a few days before a final rating and review McBride takes the reader on a wild ride Unfortunately, at times, I thought it all a bit convoluted with a raise of an eyebrow at certain turns in the plot While completely enjoying the ride, I had some mixed feelings on structure and whether the story worked completely I had to stop and remind myself that this really is, in essence, a comedic novel and that what I was apt to criticize was generally in keeping with that basic concept In the end, I decided that I had such a good time that I could ignore that need to pick at the plot details Overall, this is an engaging novel that shouldn t disappoint McBride fans.