[PDF / Epub] ☀ The Well and the Mine ✍ Gin Phillips – Ebats.us

The Well and the Mine1931 In Carbon Hill, A Small Alabama Mining Town, Nine Year Old Tess Moore Watches From The Darkness Of Her Back Porch As A Woman Lifts The Cover Off The Family Well Tosses A Baby In Without A Word As Tess Tries To Unravel The Mystery Of The Woman At The Well, A Portrait Emerges Of A Family Struggling To Survive The Darkest Of Times.

[PDF / Epub] ☀ The Well and the Mine ✍ Gin Phillips – Ebats.us
  • Paperback
  • 274 pages
  • The Well and the Mine
  • Gin Phillips
  • 02 December 2018
  • 9781844086542

    10 thoughts on “[PDF / Epub] ☀ The Well and the Mine ✍ Gin Phillips – Ebats.us


  1. says:

    NO SPOILERS Oh, I do recommend this book The last line was so perfect I recommend it because the book whispers in a low, quiet unobtrusive manner and yet it leaves an important message The book is about an upright, hard working miner s family of the 1930s living in Alabama It is about a place, a time period and about determining your own personal guidelines It is about living in the South during the Depression and it deals with racial inequalities too First I thought it was primarily concerned with a child s point of view, but it isn t just that The adults views come across beautifully too One family with a common high moral standard, but each individual perspective is quietly but clearly expressed A woman throws her baby down a well That is the most obvious theme of the book Who did this Why did she do this And how does each individual react to this No one is left untouched What drew me to this novel from the very start was the author s turn of words, her ability to size up a character and in a ...


  2. says:

    This book, Phillips debut novel, came out last year on Hawthorne Books, which has now belongs to Penguin, who will be re releasing it sometime in the not too distant future And well they should this is a marvelous novel Set in 1931 in Carbon Hill, Alabama, this book is of a snapshot of life in a southern coal town than anything else There is a bit of a mystery a nine year old girl sees an unfamiliar woman throw a baby in a well on night but it s biggest asset is the wonderful, detailed and delightful character development throughout the book It centers on a family Albert, who has mined coal his whole life Leta, his hardworking and kindhearted wife Virgie, the couple s teenage daughter whose beauty terrifies her parents Tess, the middle child who is 9 and longing for adventure and Jack, the ornery 7 year old little brother of the family In some ways this reminds me a great deal of The Waltons, but the depth of the characters and the carefully crafted atmosphere ...


  3. says:

    I really enjoyed this book It s quiet in its messages, this family is wonderful to get to know The last line is perfect and sums up all the themes in this book.This is a story of a warm, close, hard working mining family in the 1930s in Southern USA Times are tough but they hold together as a family and as a part of their community Throughout, the story is told from all 5 viewpoints each family member has a turn to tell part of the story You d think that this might lead to a jumpy, uneven story but the story is told seamlessly and we get to know each member as an individual.That s a theme that permeates throughout individuals being a part of a whole, working together yet staying themselves The viewpoints are interesting as well father, mother and 2 sisters tell their side from the time of the story son tells his side from memory as an middle aged adult Was he too young at the time to have comments to add Perhapsperhaps the reader would have taken the words of a 7 year old less seriously and paid him no mind That makes sense in terms of one of the themes of the storyline prejudices I recommend this book highly for the quiet story it tells of a community in hard times the depression and at the cusp of social change women s equality, racial prejudices This is a lovely family to get to know, as well That said, this story is sweet and the family too perfect and doing too well compared with their nei...


  4. says:

    There s a stunning metaphor hidden in the title of this novel the mine being a void of ever increasing scale is juxtaposed with the well which renews itself constantly, despite daily depletion It s a great image the mine offers up smoky, pitch black coal, the well gives cool, refreshing water I say the metaphor is hidden because Phillips does almost nothing with this contrast It s there, and it s set up, but it doesn t go anywhere A bit like the Depression that surrounds this tale.If To Kill a Mockingbird were set in a small mining town and the main characters had to fully confront the grim reality of life during the depression, this would be that novel A baby is thrown into the Moore family s well It s witnessed by 9 year old Tess and forms the central mystery that drives the story Tess and her sister Virgie decide they are going to find out who could commit such a crime and begin their investigations What they uncover is about life itself in 1930s, Jim Crow deep south than it is about any one particular crime A great tonal element is the ever present threat posed by the savagely dang...


  5. says:

    This book is Phillips debut novel, and it is MARVELOUS Set in 1931 in Carbon Hill, Alabama, this book is of a snapshot of life in a southern coal town than anything else She begins with a touch of mystery nine year old Tess sees an unfamiliar woman throw a baby in the family well one night and this mystery follows through the whole book, as the wonderful, detailed and delightful characters unfold I was captivated from the very first page The Well and the Mine centers on a family Albert, a very hard worker, who has mined coal his whole life Leta, his hardworking and kindhearted wife Virgie, the teenage daughter whose beauty terrifies her parents Tess, the middle child who is 9 and longing for adventure and Jack, a typical 7 year old little brother of the family As I was reading this, I often thought about...


  6. says:

    I have several novels lined up that take place in the southern US states This filled my Alabama slot It came on the heels of Faulkner and Mississippi decidedly different And, at first, I was unhappy about that difference But I decided one should probably not have a steady diet of Faulkner Life needs both its good and its not so good to appreciate either.After I settled in to this, it was good enough There is nothing great about the writing but nothing terrible either There are five characters who tell the story in first person prose Albert Papa , Leta...


  7. says:

    This is a wonderful book surprisingly a debut novel The book takes place in a mining town in Alabama in 1931, and the sense of place is almost a character itself The story opens with a distressing event, and the mystery surrounding the event carries through the book, but really it is a story about a family, a place, a time, and a way of living There are multiple narrators, each well developed characters, each giving the reader a different perspective on this hard life The descriptions of the day to day lives of each family member are so well done that we learn so much but we as readers are never taken out of the story The chores, the back breaking work, the limited food and how it is cooked are all intrinsic to the characters and the story The author addresses poverty, racism, the unfairness of life, loss...


  8. says:

    Nice story, but nothing than that Told from different perspectives, which is a good thing, but often there is no real connection between the different parts, there is no flow What s , the story lacks tension It is as if the author realizes from time to time what were we talking about again Oh yes, the well woman, let s say something about her The plot is pretty lame and the story peters out The protagonists themselves are very nice, very politically correct, not to say nauseatingly sweet They do and say all the right things At the start of each chapter, the author lets Jack say something about what happened to everyone in later life I found this totally unnecessary and it took me out of the 1931 atmosphere, i.e hampered the flow Is there nothing positive I can say about this novel The atmosphere of a small Alabama coal mining town in the summer of 1931 is beautifully drawn Also, the story is very rich in detail a...


  9. says:

    Not a book I ordinarily would pick up on my own this was my April book club selection The Well and the Mine was a work of Southern literature, based around a family living in a coal mining town The book opened with a little girl witnessing someone dropping her baby down their well This act immediately hooked me and made me want to find out who this mystery woman was and why she did it.The narrative alternated between the perspectives of each of the five family members The well incident sparked the story, but I felt it was merely a good way to bring the family into focus, for this was a character driven story I enjoyed looking into the lives of this family and how they dealt with issues of poverty and racism It made me realize how our o...


  10. says:

    For a debut novel this is wonderful Better than I expected Really, I m not much familiar with American literature from this era, so this was another new experience other than Mockingbird 2657 and The Sound and the Fury She writes about poverty, racism, prejudice, and family life in the 1930s , I liked the reality of it better than Harper Lee s which seems near to perfection Phillips understands and shows just like the well and mining people characters too will continue to discover and nothing is ever finished This metaphor is nicely delivered Two things I wasn t crazy about Didn t really enjoy the multiple narrator technique.I didn t understand why in some narrations Jack is an adult speaking about his childhood.Loved Virgie tha...

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