FW: review for Behold This Dreamer
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Suzanne La Rosa <suzanne@...>@...> on
11/02/2000 03:26:09 PM
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2000
From: Joan Sung <jasung@...>
As a librarian, I am faced with recommending reading material to a broad
range of patrons of different ages, interests and backgrounds. Behold,
This Dreamer is one of those rare books that will satisfy readers of
First, it is a rich historical novel full of vivid images of 1920's
Alabama. Charlotte Miller has done an excellent job researching the
sights, sounds, culture, social mores and everyday minutae of this period
that make the story so colorful and intriguing.
Behold, This Dreamer also presents a social commentary of the extreme
stratification between the the abject poor and the ruling wealthy of the
time. Sharecropping was a way of life for many in Alabama and Ms. Miller
reveals how truly appalling the conditions were for generations of families
and how hard it was to break free of both the financial and emotional bonds
of poverty. It took a tremendous strength of will and character to
overcome the attitude that people who worked the land were somehow third
class citizens but Janson Sanders, the main character, has inherited a
strong sense of pride from his family that moves him forward to future
On a third level, Behold, This Dreamer is a timeless romantic story of the
hopes and dreams of youth and all the hurdles they must overcome in that
time and place to be together.
All of these features are wrapped in one novel written in an easy, flowing
style that makes it almost impossible to put down once the reader opens the
Library patrons will enjoy Behold, This Dreamer by Charlotte Miller on
several levels. Written in an easy to read, flowing style, it is a rich
historical novel set in 1920's Alabama during the Prohibition era, a social
commentary of the extremes between rich landowners and poor sharecropers in
the state and a timeless romance of lovers fighting to be together against
seemingly impossible odds of rigid social order.
Writer/Member of the Southern Stories Foundation, dedicated to developing
Alabama stories for film and video.