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  • A.J. Wright
    I am forwarding this review with permission from Ms. Sung...aj wright // ajwright@uab.edu ... From: Network of Alabama Academic Libraries Discussion List
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      I am forwarding this review with permission from Ms. Sung...aj wright //
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      From: Network of Alabama Academic Libraries Discussion List
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      Subject: Fwd: review for Behold This Dreamer


      For your Alabamian collections:
      ---------------------- Forwarded by Sue O Medina/ACHE on 11/07/2000 08:36
      AM ---------------------------


      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
      several genres.

      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
      dreams.

      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
      cover.

      Short review:
      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.

      Joan Sung
      Librarian
      Writer/Member of the Southern Stories Foundation, dedicated to developing
      Alabama stories for film and video.
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