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Through the summer twilight in the Depression era South word begins to circulate of a black man accosting a white woman In no time the awful forces of public opinion and political expediency goad the separate fears and frustrations of. Good lord this was dark Imagine To Kill a Mockingbird without Atticus Finch in fact without a single character with a lick of moral conscience and you have Trouble in July It s a sadly disturbingly accurate look at racial politics in the South It was published in 1940 but the attitudes in this novel have not changed too much in the past 76 years I m from South Carolina and I was disturbed by how realistic the scenario in this book felt This was an excellent read and one that deserves recognition

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Their hands but let it go people like Sheriff Jeff McCurtain who did nothing to disperse the mob; Harvey Glenn who found Clark in hiding and turned him in; and Katy Barlow who withdrew her false charge of rape only after Clark was dea. One might be forgiven for suggesting that Erskine Caldwell had an obsession with the South though not with a sonorous sounding gracious living Savannah or Charleston South Rather with the poorest and dirtiest kind of South imaginableThe white characters of Caldwell s South are nothing less than narrow minded evil mongering scoundrels the black characters virtually all like frightened children just waiting for the next blow to fall out of God knows where and from God knows whomAnd yet it s not in some random act of violence itself that Caldwell s prose so excels Rather it s in creating an atmosphere of tension and potential violence that Caldwell writes like no one else I ve ever read When and if that random act eventually occurs it seems a foregone conclusion just a final curtain falling on a final act But he can keep the tension going on for pages and sometimes for entire chaptersNot surprisingly given the history of the South the violence is interracial and in many cases sexual But Caldwell s white characters can and will act just as brutally against other whites It s in the air they breathe and in the water among other liuid substances they drink They just can t help themselvesThe following three paragraphs on pp 101 102 concern Katy a fifteen year old girl whose character is central to the story Although these paragraphs are indeed part of the narrative they could just as easily be read as a metaphor for the entire novel Twilight had vanished when she opened her eyes and raised her head Sudden fear in her mind made her jump to her feet She looked all around at the close darkness She was not sure whether she had fallen asleep in a dream but whatever it was she thought somebody was creeping towards her in the night Screaming she ran up the road not daring to look behind her When she had exhausted herself she stopped panting painfully Her heart beat against her chest until it was almost unbearable She looked down the road behind without being able to see whether anyone was following her or not She could hear no sounds anywhere but she felt as if somebody in the darkness were watching her She turned and ran up the road as fast as she could screaming She fell almost as fast as she could get back on her feet No matter how fast she was able to run she could not get away from the fear that gripped her She felt as if somebody in the darkness somewhere around her would at any moment strike her down with savage force She lost the road in the darkness finding herself stumbling and falling headlong into a thicket of briars She struggled to her feet and ran on torn and bleeding in a final effort to escapeAs regards the plot of Trouble in July think To Kill a Mockingbird published by Harper Lee in 1960 ie some twenty years later less the warm and cuddly partsI ve said it before in so many words and I ll say it again nobody but nobody writes of the human condition like Erskine Caldwell However it s a condition I want no part of Ever Except occasionally to read one singularly talented writer s description of itRRBBrooklyn NY03 December 2017

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A small southern community into the single mindedness of a mob Erskine Caldwell shows the lynching of Sonny Clark through many eyes However Caldwell reserves some of his most powerful passages for the few who truly held Clark's life in. This is a fine book one of those that I read many years ago but that has stayed with me It s good to see that it s back in print also that it s now available in e book form The subject matter of Trouble in July a lynching means it s not always an easy read but it is so well put together and so atmospheric that you are drawn into the narrative from the beginning The humid air of a southern summer seems to seep right off the pagesA key to this book and one of the other reviewers touched on this is that it isn t about the few who do evil it s about the many who don t stop it It s a powerful message but Caldwell has a light enough touch not to labour the point


10 thoughts on “Trouble in July

  1. says:

    Good lord this was dark Imagine To Kill a Mockingbird without Atticus Finch in fact without a single character with a lick of moral conscience and you have Trouble in July It's a sadly disturbingly accurate look at racial politics in the South It was published in 1940 but the attitudes in this novel have not c

  2. says:

    One of my favorite Caldwell books not because it is a 'nice ' story it is anything but but it is realistic as history has proven of the lives poor black folks down South endured since foreverIt is about a lynching and I will say no so as not to spoil it for anybody who wishes to read it I love most of his books and all th

  3. says:

    Like the other Erskine Caldwell books that i've read this is an extremely disuieting tale of racism and evil mixed with a ui

  4. says:

    This is a fine book one of those that I read many years ago but that has stayed with me It's good to see that it's back in print; also that it's now available in e book form The subject matter of Trouble in July

  5. says:

    This like A Place Called Estherville deals with the racism and violence in the South during the Depression It is very different from Tobacco Road and God's Little Acre as there is very little humor that is unless you consider the a

  6. says:

    A novel of the economics and sociology of racism What fascinates is that whether or not young black Sonny raped a white girl is irrelevant Frust

  7. says:

    I really enjoyed this story As always the author creates interesting characters and clever dialogue that not only develops the atmosphere but also gives one a sense of the characters themselves I don't pay much mind to opinions of p

  8. says:

    One might be forgiven for suggesting that Erskine Caldwell had an obsession with the South—though not with a sonorous sounding gracious living Savannah or Charleston South Rather with the poorest and dirtiest kin

  9. says:

    Not at all an enjoyable book but a remarkably compelling one The second book I've read by this author the other being TOBACCO ROAD and excepting the accused in this one have yet to encounter a sympathetic character But Caldwell is

  10. says:

    The sheriff is not a bad man just concerned with playing politics to keep his job He doesn't want to do anything until he