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When the “Old Man” smiles, our narrator tells us, “stretching them wrinkles horizontal gived the impression of him being plumb stark mad. Seemed like his peanut had poked out the shell all the way.” Delicious zingers like this come by the paragraph, part of what makes the novel such a rollicking good time.Read Full Review of The Good Lord Bird: A Novel | See more reviews from NY Times
This is a story that popular culture doesn't often visit, and it takes a daring writer to tackle a decidedly unflattering pre-Civil War story. Yet, in McBride's capable hands, the indelicate matter of a befuddled tween from the mid-19th century provides a new perspective on one of the most decisive periods in the history of this country.Read Full Review of The Good Lord Bird: A Novel | See more reviews from NPR
The novel had me running to the Internet to flesh out my skeletal knowledge of John Brown, which is a good purpose of a book, but not the only one. As in “Huck Finn,” this novel comes in through the back door of history, telling you something you might not know by putting you in the heat of the action...Read Full Review of The Good Lord Bird: A Novel | See more reviews from Star Tribune
Despite the plot's potential, the novel moves slowly. In Henry, McBride has not created an entirely sympathetic or convincing character...Where McBride shines in his depiction of lesser characters, like Sibonia...Read Full Review of The Good Lord Bird: A Novel | See more reviews from Toronto Star
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