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The Ballad Of Lee Cotton Paperback – 1 Jun 2006

4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349118485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349118482
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written with all the imaginative gusto of a heavy-weight novelist (FT MAGAZINE)

Exuberant (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Wildly entertaining (DAILY MAIL)

An exuberant, joyful ride. Outrageously funny, it combines high farce with biting satire (INDEPENDENT)

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A brilliant, funny novel about survival and identity in the tradition of Jeff Eugenides' MIDDLESEX.

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Format: Paperback
This is a great read. Told from the perspective of a white boy born in Mississippi to a black mother, the story takes both entertaining and tragic twists as it holds up a mirror to the society's attitudes to race and appearance. The remarkable turns in Lee's life are convincingly portrayed, and his observations give a surprising perspective on the way people treat each other.

Justifiably short-listed for the Whitbread prize.
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Format: Paperback
loved this book. made me forget war was rageing. unbelievable, written superbly, very well developed characters. chapeau!

Beirut, July 2006.
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Format: Paperback
Amazing, humourous, original and intriguing story. Language is beautifully rich and rhythmic yet unpretentious and accessible. A couple of out of place words gave the author away as not being American but other than that Lee Cotton's voice sounds convincing. The only part I wasn't super keen on was the very end but don't let that put you off as this book is a joy that deserves to be read, shared and enjoyed the world over.
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Format: Hardcover
A wonderful study of humanity, with all it's quirks and foibles. Get past the colloquial dialogue and you will laugh out loud at Lee's adventures. If you enjoyed Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre you will love this.
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I'm a huge fan of the weird and wonderful and this is most definitely both! Lee Cotton is a black child with white skin, born in Mississippi - but that doesn't begin to tell you anything about this story. Constantly surprising and extremyly funny - you'll love if you're a fan of Vernon God Little.
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Format: Paperback
If you're on the lookout for something that little but different this is well worth a read. Interestingly it did take some effort to get through the first few pages, but after that I was hooked.

Covering some serious subjects in a sometimes incidental and light-hearted way it certainly has the power to keep you up late to finish it.
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Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book, like the other revue stated that it takes a slight bit of perseverance to get through the first few pages but please stick with it.
I couldn't put this book down and have to say that this is the first book that I have read it ages that had such a great story. I have been raving about this book to friends and would recommend this to anyone who loves great characters and a story that is totally unpredictable.
Buy one for yourself and another for your friend!!!
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just a great unexpected romp through life for an highly entertaining character..
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