May 26, 2016

The Turtle Warrior

by Mary Relindes Ellis

Story about a broken family on a poor, hardscrabble farm in Wisconsin. The father is an abusive drunk, the mother appears to suffer from mental illness, the older son has a definite mean streak. It's the younger boy you really feel for-  trying to protect his mother, avoid his father, looking up to a brother he also fears. The older son enlists to fight in Vietnam, and the war touches the whole family. Letters home, and then a report of MIA... It really jumps around a lot, maybe that's why this book didn't work for me. Told from one viewpoint and then another- the younger boy, the mother, the neighbor who tries to watch out for them, the older son in Vietnam, sometimes another minor character. I was unable to feel very interested in any of them, and I just did not want to read another story right now about a dysfunctional family, abuse and tragedy. The writing style also felt a little flat to me.

I can find lots of remarks about this book on Goodreads and Amazon, but not on other book blogs. Have any of you read it?

Abandoned          368 pages, 2004


bermudaonion said...

The premise sounds good to me. I wonder if the way it jumps around would bother me as much. I'll have to think about this one.

Thistle said...

I haven't read it, but that's not surprising, it's not really the type I pick up. I don't generally want to read about real families/people, no matter the kind of relationship they have.

Jeane said...

It is fiction.