The Collectibles Paperback – 4 Jan 2011
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"Two men . . . one promise . . . six lives changed forever . . . "-- The Collectibles--Uncle Howard's words
Two men . . . one promise . . . six lives changed forever . . . -- The Collectibles--Uncle Howard's words
About the Author
As a novelist, Mr. Kaufman, a former attorney and judge, draws heavily upon his experiences in law, his dealings in the business world, and his interactions with people from widely different backgrounds. He and his wife make their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately it is HUGELY sentimental and there is absolutely no(I add the adverb to show you that I use 'no' literally) dramatic conflict. One or two lawyers in the boardroom scene get a little warm and Buck the dog takes a perfectly extraneous 'bad' guy down who is giving the utterly unbelievable Johnny a hard time but everyone else is double sugar sweet.
I just cannot believe that this book deserves any of the 160+ five star reviews. Even if you are of tender, loving, Christian, heart-warming, non-aggressive disposition who enjoyed reading about Joe's syrupy kindliness, even then, this does not rate top billing. That would place it alongside novels by literary giants; 'The Collectibles' is little more than a pygmy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
One person said reads like a John Grisham novel which is why I got it to begin with. It really is but personally, I liked it more than most of the Grisham novels I have read and I have read most of them.
Obviously alot of people have said what the story premise is so won't go over it again but can say that if you have any doubts about reading it, don't. Be prepared for the Kleenex and buy the book. I, too, have a feeling Mr. Kaufman will have alot of other stories to be told. I hope they are as good as this one and when they come out, they will definitely be on my TBR list.
The author creates a pleasingly evocative picture of the mountains where Joe grew up and is eventually found, then brings the story back to big-city America, big-fee lawyers, banks, foreclosures and loans. Joe turns out to be more than a briefly sketched childhood and tragic victim of circumstance. Previous acquaintances call with hopes and needs and he comes to their aid. For no clear reason, except a remembrance of his uncle's injunction to "help the other fella" and a memory of truths as tall as mountains, Joe seems to have impacted many troubled lives. But Preston has no real desire to meet these losers till Joe calls in an unconventional IOU and begins to reveal his "collectibles."
At 308 pages, The Collectibles felt like a long read. But Preston's discoveries in the final third make a real emotional impact and redeem any slowness in the tale. Perhaps, if more of us tried to "help the other fella," more collectibles would find the truth of mountains, and more lawyers might have more good deeds to their names. This was certainly an enjoyable read, informative in its view of banks and lawyers, and pleasing in its invitation to look at the choices we make through the choices made by others.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Rebecca at the Cadence Marketing Group in exchange for an honest review.
I highly recommend this book.