Official Review: Darkness on the Delta by G. E. Johnson

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Official Review: Darkness on the Delta by G. E. Johnson

Post by pricklypurple » 26 Sep 2018, 17:08

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Darkness on the Delta" by G. E. Johnson.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Darkness on the Delta by G. E. Johnson tells the story of Bern who grew up in Mississippi during the 1960s and 1970s. He experienced all the racial turmoil of the time. His parents were civil rights activists and lawyers. Though he did not go the same route as they, he became a man with a strong desire to help people and to never discriminate against others for the color of their skin. He started a career in teaching and proceeded to change the lives and broaden the views of the children he taught.

G. E. Johnson takes her readers on a journey through a time and place troubled by prejudices. However, Darkness on the Delta is not just a story of political movements. It is the story of man who is slightly broken by the events in his life, but still hopeful for the future. It is a book full of relationships and emotions.

What I found most enjoyable about this novel was the poetic way in which it was written. The story is told by Bern in the third person. Both his character and the author are poets. I loved the way the words painted a beautiful picture even when describing something tragic. The author also created very believable dialogue with an authentic use of dialect.

I really find it difficult to say something negative about this novel. I can't really say I had a least favorite part. About three quarters of the way through the book, the story gave the impression of changing from one of purely fiction and drama to one of thriller and suspense. I found this change a bit odd but not unwelcome. In the end, the story wrapped up nicely, and everything came full circle back to the main theme.

I think this book can be enjoyed by a variety of readers. It reads almost like a memoir and I have the feeling the author drew from personal experiences. So, fans of that genre or of real-life fiction would enjoy it. I'm not sure people who like purely fantasy fiction or a lot of action would appreciate it as much. I give this book 4 out of 4 stars. It was beautifully written and edited well. It kept me engaged until the last page, and I appreciate the important messages it conveyed. I would call this book a must-read for anyone at all interested in life on the Delta.

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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 30 Sep 2018, 02:26

You got me on this part of your review "...It is the story of man who is slightly broken by the events in his life, but still hopeful for the future..." It appears to me this book is about someone making a difference though with a broken past in a fictional account. Plus, I'm curious about what had happened in America during the 1960s and 1980s. I believe this book will enlighten me on that and I would definitely have this in my to-be-read list. Thanks for your informative review.
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Post by liftedbooks » 30 Sep 2018, 03:58

It sounds like a beautifully written book by an impressionable author. I am looking forward to reading it some day. Well done on a great review!

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Post by ea_anthony » 30 Sep 2018, 15:33

liftedbooks wrote:
30 Sep 2018, 03:58
It sounds like a beautifully written book by an impressionable author. I am looking forward to reading it some day. Well done on a great review!
.... and I think it also inspired a beautiful review
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Post by ea_anthony » 30 Sep 2018, 15:39

This is a great review, well done. I am going to add this book to my to-read list.
I come from a delta region, in fact the name of my state is Delta State (In Nigeria). We have had our own turmoils too, though not of racism but almost related in the form of minority rights and access to resources. Sorry for the digress, I hope to enjoy the book.
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Post by Caylie_Cat » 30 Sep 2018, 19:52

This is a well-written review that makes me want to read this book, as it is rare to find a book that is given a 4 out of 4 rating. It sounds like a thoughtful, positive story, despite the background and political issues. Great work!

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Post by Debjani Ghosh » 01 Oct 2018, 01:03

A book that gives the message of hope to its readers is a book worth reading. Thanks for the concise but detailed review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 01 Oct 2018, 08:27

It sounds like a very good book if this is something that appeals to you. I'm not really part of the target audience, and it might be a bit too poetic for me. Still, I'm glad that you were able to enjoy it. Thanks.
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