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Old 11-13-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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DIS Book Club Discussion: Mudbound

Many DISers have been reading the book Mudbound by Hilliary Jordan. If you'd like to discuss this book, you've found the right place.

Without giving too much away in the first post, in case someone opens this thread and doesn't want spoilers in the first post, I won't give any. There will be spoilers as the thread gets longer, so subscribe or read on at your own risk.

Mudbound takes place during the WWII era and after, in Mississippi, on a farm. It sucked this reader in right from the start and I didn't want to put it down. It deals with prejudice, from the "norms" of the old south to klan mentality prejudices. It focuses primarily on two families. The white farm owner and his family and the black tenant farmer and his family.

This book has given me a lot to think about since I was raised to have a colorless view of the world. I find it amazing and horrible that people treated each other so despicably. Sadly, I'm sure these prejudices still exist in some places.

So, please join me in a discussion of this book and give me your thoughts on the book itself.
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Old 11-13-2009, 06:44 PM   #2
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So great that this thread was started.

When I bought the book it was really because it was such a great discount on Barnes & Noble's website. When I posted on the "What Are You Reading" thread & nobody responded at first I was so disappointed......Glad you were just as overwhelmed with this read as me.....

Racism is such a strong, powerful component to "Mudbound" but the other issue that struck me so hard was the role the "wife" played & how repressed she was.....lastly the view Europe had both there & now, much more progressive and/or open minded than the U.S.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:29 PM   #3
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I liked that even though Laura was repressed in her role as a housewife and mother, she still had a compassionate heart. She knew that Henry and Pappy were just being ignorant about Hap and Florence, etc.

That is, until SHE wanted something done in her house, or wanted to be left alone by the astute Florence, and all of a sudden, her upbringing showed that deep down, she had been trained to be prejudiced, too.

I thought she and Jamie made a great pair, although I think she picked the right brother to marry. She and Jamie were too much alike. She and Henry had just enough different about them to make a marriage work.

I really enjoyed Jamie's friendship with Ronsel. I think a huge part of him becoming friends with Ronsel was because of being in Europe. I don't think he'd have ever let him into the cab of the truck if he hadn't had that experience.
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I liked Mudbound, but you all have GOT to read The Help, too.
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I liked Mudbound, but you all have GOT to read The Help, too.
Oh my gosh - I was just about to post the exact same thing. Just finished The Help last night. I had no idea what it was about - didn't even read the jacket. I was number 200 something on the waiting list at the library.
Still thinking about it today.

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The Help is in my queue at the library, so hopefully, within the next month I'll be reading it since they have a few copies of it.

So, tell us more about what you liked about Mudbound.
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