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The Barefoot Man [Mass Market Paperback]

Davis Grubb
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp (T) (Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821736531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821736531
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,452,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to Steinbeck 10 Mar 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This grabbed my attention in a second hand book store. The fact that reviews in the back-cover blurb namecheck Steinbeck and Dickens were encouraging. I was surprised, then, that there's little online information of Davis Grubb, more famous for writing 'The Night of the Hunter,' the original film of which scared me to bits as a young boy.

There is no doubt that this is a good book. Early on I was in rapture when reading it. It ploughs the same furrows as the itinerant families trying to escape the Depression in 'The Grapes of Wrath,' but focuses on the lot of the at-best intimidated, at-worst murdered, miners striking for better conditions. It quickly becomes a tale of revenge and this took me a step away from an opinion of it as literary fiction and a step towards pulp. The scenes between Jack and Jessie are, according to the blurb, the tour de force of the whole book but I found them overlong. The pages in which the taboo of cunnilingus is detailed and discussed made me yawn in 2013. I'm sure Erica Jong did it better. I also found the matriarchal character of Old Mother Dunne in the story to be over-egged, although it was nice to see such a figure being given power over the community of men she considers to be so foolish.

I most enjoyed the (admittedly rather Dickensian) detail of the lives of the miner families and particularly the intricacies of the long hours under the coal face. The dark and desperate hearts of the strike-breakers (inevitably in the pay of the mine owners) were also explored with great aplomb. A good book that with the omission of twenty pages would be great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compassionate!! Intense!! 14 Mar 2002
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Author"Davis Grubb's"novel"The Barefoot Man" is probably the most convincing,dramatic portrait of America's workingpoor since"The Grapes of Wrath".In this book,the town of Glory West Virginia circa 1930 is struggling to survive it's 6th week of a strike against the Deathtrap mine called"Breedlove Number 12".Every evening after dark,the impoverished,famished miners,wives and siblings gather on their front porches with their eyes on the horizon.They have made their choice as they await for the strikebreakers to arrive which will cause a brutal battle.This novel portrays an unforgettable celebration of the human spirit creating a world of heroes and heroines with tremendous courage against all odds and the faithful healing power of love!!
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