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

3 comments:

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.