John Grisham - A Painted House

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  • I Should Have Listened To My Husband

    Mar 3, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It takes you back to the 50's
    Cons: Where is the mystery, action, thrill?

    Summary: A few days ago my husband and I crawled into bed and I decided I would start my new John Grisham book, A Painted House, before falling asleep. I am a John Grisham fan and I always rush out and buy his books as soon as they come out, it is sort of an ... read more

  • An immersive and detailed story that could have been more exciting

    Mar 28, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice setting
    Restrained writing
    Cons: Wasn't all that engaged by the plot

    Summary: I am kind of ashamed to think that I've never read a John Grisham novel because I own at least three. I could have started with his much more popular The Firm or The Pelican Brief, but I figure A Painted House is a more interesting starting point. I know ... read more

  • A Departure for John Grisham

    Aug 7, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Descriptive and heart-warming.
    Cons: Sad too.

    Summary: I have read many of John Grisham's legal thrillers and enjoyed them. When I saw this book I was surprised at the content because it is so different from his typical book. It is set in a rural area, and there are no lawyers involved.  The jacket ... read more

  • A Painted House is a good read

    Aug 1, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: good strong characters, could relate well to most of them
    Cons: slow beginning

    Summary: "A Painted House" was the first book by John Grisham that I read. I thought it was a good read. Not really what I was expecting though. I always thought John Grisham wrote different books like mystery. I guess this book proved me wrong. I did like ... read more

  • John Grisham's Painted House Creates Art

    Feb 17, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Rich setting and characters...
    Cons: ...although the plot is a bit formulaic.

    Summary: After writing multiple legal thrillers that translated better to the big screen with big stars (Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Julia Roberts), John Grisham took his aw-shucks attitude to A Painted House. Channeling John Steinbeck's The Grapes ... read more

  • A World Away in a Painted House

    Aug 23, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A book that is hard to put down. Warm and inviting.
    Cons: Plot lines are not finished, much like the painting of the house.

    Summary: John Grisham is known for his novels of suspense and intrigue. His novels are about lawyers and the good versus evil in a world that is nothing but evil. Brush aside everything you know about John Grisham; he's taking you down a dirt road to Arkansas ... read more

  • So what! Needs More Meat!

    Jun 3, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Um, interesting premise...
    Cons: Little character development, little plot development, entire storyline is lacking!

    Summary: To say that John Grisham detoured from his normal writing style with A PAINTED HOUSE is an understatement. Not only did he not write a legal thriller, he wrote a book that, in my opinion, was a waste of paper! A PAINTED HOUSE revolves around farm ... read more

  • An Amazing Book

    Feb 24, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Very good book that you can understand.
    Cons: 465 pgs is quite a lot for a slow reader.

    Summary: I decided to try something a little differnet this time to see if you guys would like how I rate things from now on. Please comment. Here is a brief biography of the author I did so that you may be able to understand the person behind the book. ... read more

  • A Painted House Left Too Many Loose Ends

    Feb 14, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Okay story told through the eyes of a child
    Cons: The reader is left wondering about many unfinished issues

    Summary: When A Painted House first came out in 2000 (I think that was the year), I went out and bought it because it's a John Grisham novel and I'm a John Grisham fan. However, the book did not get read until three years later and now three months after ... read more

  • The Grapes of Wrath for Beginners

    Sep 27, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Wonderful writing, warm characters, and an inviting story line.
    Cons: This book was slow at times and had an abrupt ending.

    Summary: I consider John Grisham to be one of the finest storytellers of our generation. John Grisham is widely known and acclaimed for his courtroom novels, but he has demonstrated his depth and validity as a true American author in A Painted House. The story i ... read more

  • Keep an open mind, and forget it's Grisham!

    Jul 22, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: An atmosphere snatched out of America's past.
    Cons: The weight of Grisham's rep hurts perceptions of it.

    Summary: At this writing, there are quite a few reviews already on this site about this book. I usually don' ... read more

  • A Painted House

    Jun 20, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: A surprisingly good read.
    Cons: none.

    Summary: This book was sent to me by a book club that I am a member of as one of their 'featured selections'. ... read more

  • Did not really relate for me to the story

    Jun 5, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: The name, John Grisham
    Cons: It went on and on and let me down.

    Summary: This was a huge disappointment for me. I have read most of Grisham's books and have enjoyed. I actually looked at the cover two different times and then at the back for the author to make sure I really was reading a John Grisham book!! If this had been ... read more

  • A Painted House

    May 30, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It does make you feel what it was like if you where there.
    Cons: The plot was thin, and it ends weak!

    Summary: Arkansas in the early 50's on a cotton farm during picking season, after reading this book you will have been there! The character development was good, except the story was based on a seven years experiences, which he seemed too advanced for ... read more

  • A Painted House: That Same Small Town In Each Of Us

    Nov 15, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Gorgeous writing, a slow, smooth style, and a host of conflicts large and small.
    Cons: Those who dwell in other, less favored parts of the country might not be appreciative.

    Summary: Well, who knows how long this will last Now we've come so far, so fast But somewhere back there in the dust That same small town in each of us I need to remember this So baby give me just one kiss Let me take a long ... read more

  • Like Watching Paint Dry?

    Oct 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A new area for John Grisham to write from.
    Cons: Dull and boring story altogether.

    Summary: Recently I have been very interested in reading fiction books. Don't ask me why, sometimes the desire just strikes me to read, so I do it. :) The first book I read was David Baldacci's "Wish You Well" (a great book by the way), then John Grisham's "A ... read more

  • A good read

    Aug 28, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Funny, heartwarming, hard to put down!
    Cons: Nothing significant.

    Summary: I recommend this book to anybody! It had me laughing at loud at the outhouse scene with Luke and Jimmy Dale's wife Stacy. It also made me cry in the end, what a sad ending! Overall, a very good book, and a refreshing change from Grisham's usual ... read more

  • Book Review: A Painted House

    Aug 3, 2002 by kevintipple is a Top Reviewer on Epinions in Books
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Breadth of character development and story telling not seen in his other works.
    Cons: For some, the fact that it is different is a negative.

    Summary: I am always a bit leery and concerned when an author I like attempts something radically different than the previous works. Usually the book is a disaster, the author learns a lesson and gets it out of his or her system, and goes back to what made ... read more

  • My first Grisham novel

    Jul 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good, easy read
    Cons: Not as gripping as I expected.

    Summary: A Painted House takes place in 1952 through the eyes of a 7 year old growing up on a cotton farm. Never having read any of John Grisham's books I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought maybe a fast paced suspense novel. I was wrong. It's a good story, but ... read more

  • A Painted House: Great, but what happened?

    Jun 18, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Well written, extremely entertaining, a good read!
    Cons: The book left me with too many unanswered questions.

    Summary: THE PLOT The year is 1952 and Luke Chandler is a seven year old boy living on a cotton farm in Arkansas with his parents and grandparents. He is a simple farm boy with a big dream (to play for the St. Louis Cardinals), a furtive wish for his ... read more

  • "House" Is Grisham's Best--Bar None

    Apr 19, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Grisham's best.
    Cons: Those who are expecting a book similar to his other books may be disappointed.

    Summary: By Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Author of "This Is The Place," AmErica House, Baltimore, Md. “A Painted House” is about secrets. At first they are subtle like the ones we have in our own lives. We hardly notice that they dwell ... read more

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