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The Given Day: A Novel

6 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Dennis Lehane

Set in Boston at the end of the First World War, New York Times bestselling author Dennis Lehane’s long-awaited eighth novel unflinchingly captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught at the crossroads between past and future. Filled … see full wiki

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Author: Dennis Lehane
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: William Morrow
6 reviews about The Given Day: A Novel
review by . December 17, 2008
Muscular historical fiction of 1919, when wartime became peacetime, peacetime became Prohibition, and Babe Ruth became a Yankee who could hit forever. Class, race, and gender united and divided with a burst of terror and violence never before seen in America as authority and politics ran scared and struck randomly at unions and terrorists seen, unseen, and imagined.     Lehane retells the history through the lives of Luther Laurence, an African-American man who could have been …
review by . January 21, 2009
Dennis Lehane, already well known for his detective series, thrillers and the movies made from his books, this time around tries his hand at historical fiction. The result of his efforts, "The Given Day," is so good that it will have his readers wishing he had tried it years earlier.    Set in World War I era Boston, "The Given Day" describes one of America's great cities at a pivotal point in its history. Social unrest and demand for change are making the rich and powerful very …
review by . January 11, 2009
Lehane's big Boston novel is about the 1919 police strike like "Anna Karenina" is about adultery.    "The Given Day" is a story of tumultuous times. It encompasses the 1918 World Series, the flu pandemic, creeping Prohibition, corruption and political machinery, racism, poverty and injustice. It teems with new immigrants competing for jobs and includes a few bomb-throwing anarchists and Bolsheviks who fan the eager flames of Red-menace paranoia. The devastating strike is the …
review by . November 16, 2008
"The Given Day," doesn't seem to be so much an attempt at the Great American Novel, as the Great Boston Irish Novel that in its course gives us a look at America in 1919. Babe Ruth was coming into his own, baseball was about to be corrupted, the Irish of Boston were a power unto the city, the impoverished working class was unionizing, and America was in a turmoil of growth and greed. Mr. Lehane tries to patch it all together in the stories of two characters, one black, one Irish, and their families. …
review by . October 27, 2008
I have been an avid Dennis Lehane fan since reading "A Drink Before the War" when it was first published. His characters and sense of place were excellent, and I only regret that he has not written any more of the detective series. That said, however, I must admit that he is constantly stretching his craft, getting into new and different genres. This latest book is a historical novel taking place in Boston during the years 1917 to 1919, and which culminates in the police strike of 1919, which brought …
review by . October 02, 2008
I enjoyed the last Lehane novel that I read. As a Boston Irish Catholic, I looked forward to The Given Day with great anticipation. The early reviews that I read were encouraging.     This novel has a broad scope, incorporating actual historical events and persons in its imaginary universe. Lehane creates two sympathetic main characters, who are more interesting for their faults. The narrative maintains the reader's interest, moving quickly from one large scale disaster to another. …
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