Reviews

Good Time Coming, Review

Good Time Coming by C. S. Harris

4 stars out of 5

I was enchanted by this book from start to finish; the author’s melodious prose captivated me from the first page to the last, the lyricism of which gave this book a mesmerizing effect. The language is amazingly beautiful throughout and has a uniquely haunting quality that sets the tone for the entire story. I fell in love with the book after the first three paragraphs and just couldn’t put it down.

Set during the Civil War this book takes a hard look at what it means to be a woman during that time. As the Federal troops advance through the South things grow increasingly difficult for those left behind, the women, the people of color (both free and slave), the immigrants and the elderly.

Written in believable and natural dialect this book tells the story of a young teen who is coming of age as the war ravages her homeland. The author is careful and detailed in her writing, she doesn’t preach about how right the South was, or how slavery was actually beneficial to those who were enslaved. She does, however, write about the people, and what it was like to live among them, and what they did to stay strong as the war raged about them. She populates her world with a wide variety of people and gives the reader a hint at what the antebellum South might have actually been like. Communities weren’t separated into oppressive plantation owners and oppressed slaves, there was a lot more nuance than that, and the author draws out the nuance beautifully.

I only have a few qualms about this book, there are a couple of plot points that are mentioned late in the game but left unresolved in the end. It seems, too, that the author was trying very hard to establish the main white characters as non-racist and pro abolition, to the point that it seemed like she tried a little too hard. What’s more is that even though there are several black characters in the story, they are all free, all of the people who are enslaved are so minor as to be virtually nonexistent, and I think this is an oversight that robs the narrative of its depth.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The writing is superb and the perspective is fresh for the most part. It’s nice to see a story that focuses on the women and their lives, instead of on the generals and the wars. I think the author did a great job with this book and look forward to reading more of her.

Religion

Maundy Thursday

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Job 12:18

He loosens the belt of kings,
    ties a waistcloth on their loins.


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Philippians 2:7

Rather, he emptied himself,
    taking the form of a slave,
    coming in human likeness;
    and found human in appearance


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John 13:4-5

He rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.

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Religion

Spy Wednesday

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Holy Wednesday, or Spy Wednesday, always leaves me pondering the question of exactly how much money would it take – and under what circumstances – for me to sell out my best friend to certain imprisonment and death. After all, none of us are better than Judas, not really. We are subject to the same temptations and are capable of betraying not only those we love, but ourselves.

Judas sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, a pitiable sum for another person by any account. I think many of us would like to think that we’d never fall to the depths that Judas did, we think “I’d never do that!” But really, I don’t know. Maybe we are far more like Judas than we’d like to admit.

Judas receiving money, icon of Yaroslavl (19 c, priv.coll)