A Garden of Sand

A Garden of Sand

Earl Thompson / Aug 22, 2019

A Garden of Sand Destitution hunger cruelty rootlessness all the odds stand against Jacky the young boy at the center of this powerful popular American classic yet still he prevails Resourcefully doggedly Jack

  • Title: A Garden of Sand
  • Author: Earl Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780786709465
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Destitution, hunger, cruelty, rootlessness all the odds stand against Jacky, the young boy at the center of this powerful, popular American classic, yet still he prevails Resourcefully, doggedly, Jacky nurtures his spirit of independence, his capacity to love, and his faith in a nation s dream in a journey that takes him from Wichita to Corpus Christi and from poverty toDestitution, hunger, cruelty, rootlessness all the odds stand against Jacky, the young boy at the center of this powerful, popular American classic, yet still he prevails Resourcefully, doggedly, Jacky nurtures his spirit of independence, his capacity to love, and his faith in a nation s dream in a journey that takes him from Wichita to Corpus Christi and from poverty to possibility.

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      • Earl Thompson

        Earl Thompson May 24, 1931 November 9, 1978 was a leading American writer of naturalist prose Nominated for the National Book Award for A Garden of Sand and chosen by the Book of the Month Club for Tattoo, Thompson died suddenly at the peak of his success, having published just three novels the fourth The Devil to Pay, was published posthumously.


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    1. Had I known what this was about, I never would have picked it up. But it lived up to recommendation as a serious work of fiction, and was an exceptional novel. However, I can't recommend it to many, it is disturbingly and frankly sexual in a way I've never encountered. These kind of people need religion and the strictures of civilization, and even as reader I feel the need to be cleansed. It is hardscrabble in the thirties, with drunken mean stepfathers and a whore / prostitute mother. Growing u [...]


    2. Earl Thompson is a relatively unknown American writer, which is a shame, as he penned a handful of books before his untimely death that are as good as anything created by his peers. A Garden of Sand is one of my contender's for the Great American Novel, a semi-autobiographical story set in the desperate, illusion-shattering years of the Great Depression amongst those who lived their life close to the soil that had been the lifeblood of American prosperity. A boy is left with his grandparents in [...]


    3. I can't write a review of this one; instead I'll direct you to the review of Ned Mozier, who says it very well.


    4. picked this one the other dayd here i go! 11/12/11.wooooe the twilight zone soundtrack!like has been said elsewhere it is unfortunate that this man's stories are not better known. this one reads easy, haven't had to do a lot of double-backing and even when that happens it is as much the problem of our time as it is the storyybe even more so. kansasfdr is in the white housee story moves from one character to anotherc--this old man married to a good woman and their daughter wilma gives birth to ja [...]


    5. When you read a book with a cover protector on it because you want no questions asked by others, you know it's not a good read. It's one of the roughest books I have ever read in terms of subject matter and sexual content. You ask why I read the book, my answer, Donald Ray Pollock made me do it. A small group of reading friends found a list of reads that influenced Donald Ray Pollock. This book was on the list and the last one for us to read. We don't give up easy. So to complete the task we fin [...]


    6. I read this book when I was 10. Not really age appropriate, but I would sneak and read my mom's books whenever I could. I couldn't remember who wrote it, only the title. This book has stayed with me my entire life. Jack was my age and many things hit close to home for me. After finding out about the author, I will have to reread this as an adult to see if it still affects me the same way.


    7. This book is supposed to be autobiographical. If that is true then the author, while a talented writer, was one sick man and his family incestuous secrets needed to be kept secret and never put on paper. If you made it through the last 1/2 of A Garden of Sand, pat yourself on the back. It was one long, sad, sick journey. A Garden of Sand was on a recommended reading list by Southern Grit author Donald Ray Pollack. Pollack said in an online publication that he read this book several times. Yuck. [...]


    8. I was very surprised at how this book was able to make me sincerely care about the main characters despite their often times horrible natures. The atmosphere is oppressive and at every turn, I could feel the harshness of the world and the complex and difficult choices each had to make. While one moment I hated the mother, the next I felt extremely compassionate towards her. The main character, the son is also one of those characters that will make you hate and sympathize with him. There are part [...]


    9. "Raw". How an author has the courage to write something like this is beyond me. This is the first of four books by Earl Thompson. He followed this with "Tattoo" and "Caldo Largo." The fourth book, which I did read and cannot recall the title, was a complete departure from the first three in every way save that it, too, was autobigraphical. His descriptions of life during the Depression are incedibly vivid and real. Thompson died not long after the fourth book was published and I don't think he e [...]


    10. I would have given this book five stars except for one thing. The accounts of incest bothered me intensely. Not because of the idiosyncrasy or the taboo quality of it, but because it was genuinely some of the sexiest writing I have ever read.More of the same in Tattoo, as Jack grows up. No less foolish or selfish, but more adaptive.



    11. This is definitely not for everyone because if a book with a storyline featuring such strong themes as mother-son incest or people driven to ruthlessness by Depression-era poverty can offend, then some people might find the story hard to take. Reading some comments, I know there are those who feel some family matters - and the author made no bones about this book being semi-autobiographical, although he never specified which parts - shouldn't be told in public; well, here they are with all the g [...]



    12. This book is not for everyone, probably not for many. It is brutally frank; the story is utterly sad. But I give it five stars for Earl Thompson's masterful use of language. His renderings of people, places and events are so clear and powerful that I often forgot I was reading fiction. Any writer who can describe sexual thoughts, feelings and acts without resorting to pornographic triteness is a very good writer. And of course that is only part of the tale Thompson tells. He deftly explores the [...]


    13. Earl Thompson should be as famous as Hemingway, Faulkner, Bourjaili, and a few other American writers whose works paint a land and its people in unadorned fashion. I have read everything Thompson has written. Garden of Sands and Tattoo at least four times, and his other two books, three. I've even looked for and found the hardbacks so I'd have them long after the paperbacks decomposed. Thompson is magnificent, raw, honest, and unapologetic. Someday there will college courses devoted to his work. [...]


    14. A very dark, episodic Depression-era novel of stories of deprivation and sexuality told from the perspective of a child who grows up poor during the worst period of American life. This was the writer’s personal story of his childhood. The muscular writing style kept me riveted. As much as I like it, I found the female characters were l passive and subject to the most violent sexual acts imaginable. Earl Thompson wrote a couple of other novels. Unfortunately, his untimely death stopped him from [...]


    15. It's been a while since I re-read it, probably 10 years but I will never forget it's grittiness, realism and suffering.I so loved the 'real' character of Jack and do think the trilogy is based on his life.


    16. No no no no no. It was not a good book. I kept reading it thinking it would get better but it just got worse. What I thought the story line was going to be and what it was were miles apart. If you read it and loved, my hat is off to you.








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