Lamb in his bosom" has been called "a poor man's gone with the wind". I haven't read Gone with the Wind so I can't compare them but we're told that this book was Margaret Mitchell's favorite. My feelings on this book are mixed.I give it 3 1/2 stars
The writing itself is vivid and rich. the author truly
knew how to spin a tale and make the reader see what she saw. the
descriptions are like paintings and are some of the best I've read.The
characters, however, fall a little flat. I said in one of my reading
updates that I felt that the characters were written with thick
brushstrokes~ almost as though the artist was going to come back later
and fill them in a bit but didn't~ this makes it a bit hard for the
reader to really care deeply about anyone. It seems that no one knew how
to express their feelings so people loved and hated but we never really
know WHY they loved and hated...
husband was a good man who loved her and fathered 14 of her children.
Why did he love her? I don't really know. In fact, he never said so
himself to his dying day but we assume he loved his wife because he was
faithful to her and provided for the children. But it could have been so
much more...I'm puzzled why such a gifted writer who can make even a
dried stubbled field look somehow appealing doesn't spend at least as
much effort on her characters..
Another character in the book is
really despicable. He cheats on his wife and smacks her about. The rest
of the family disapproves but no one says anything because that "is
their business, not ours". It was a sign of those times I guess, but it was infuriating all the same.
LINE: A good read but not one I would read again because it's rather
depressing. If you like to read about a very hard scrabble life with
little or nothing to be happy about you may like this.I'm not
exaggerating. The lead character herself believed that to be too happy
was a sin and punishment would surely follow.
SEX: None shown to the reader but it should be noted that not all the characters show strong "moral fortitude"
PREJUDICES: Some use of the "N" word is used, though seemingly without
understanding. Knowledge of slaves has filtered through the grapevine
into the backwoods of Georgia but the family is so far from the 'action'
that they really have no idea who these people even were. It was
assumed they were savages, trained like beasts of the land.
VIOLENCE: Mild. People and animals do die though, sometimes tragically
PARANORMAL ELEMENTS: None
MY RATING: PG