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Paperback Five Smooth Stones: A Novelvolume 12 Book

ISBN: 1556528159

ISBN13: 9781556528156

Five Smooth Stones: A Novelvolume 12

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This gripping bestseller, first published in 1966, has continued to captivate readers with its wide-ranging yet intimate portrait of an America sundered by racial conflict. David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who makes his way up the ladder of success, only to sacrifice everything to lead his people in the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the white girl who loves David from the moment she first sees him,...

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I love this book a staggering amount!!!!

I read this book for the first time when I was about 25-26. I was working at a deli counter so when there was a lull, I would take out the book and read. David, Gramp, Sara Smallest, Sudsy, the Two Prof. Knudson's were close family friends who I went to dinner with, did homework with, went to college with, and it was like I knew the huge Dane, Prof. # 1 quite personally as he and Gramp shaped the boy who became the man, David. I was almost at the end of the book, reading while working, of course, when I read where they had killed David, I threw up my hands and yelled "THEY KILLED DAVID" The whole room looked at me as if I was crazy but I didn't care. They had killed a most beloved family member and I was in mourning. Then we had to go and tell Sara Smallest. His college friends now have a hole in their hearts that will never be filled with the presence of David, ever again. I still mourn for Sara and that little brown baby who will never know the pure magnificence of his father. Sara will tell him all about his father and the rest of the friends who knew and loved him will add their memories of him, and he will see the face of his father in a house filled with pictures of David in every room. Sara will make sure of that!!!! He's with Gramps and Grams and Gramps is telling him to get his foot off of his table, while they enjoy a dish of ice cream. I will FOREVER be in love with this book. And I thank Ann Fairbairn, from the bottom of my heart and soul, for taking me on such a fantastic journey.

This Book Has Given Me New Perspectives

I picked this book up not sure of how I would enjoy it. At first I was a bit offended by the racial slurs towards the whites but as I explored the book further I was appalled at the bigotry of (especially) the southern whites. I never realized the deep chasm between our cultures and my heart cried as I read the plight of the black people only trying to get HUMAN rights in this country. This is one of the most well written books I have read and it has given me an insight into the black community that I would otherwise never have seen nor learned. This should be a must-read for our young people.

A must read! Can't believe it is out of print

In the midst of my first re-reading of this novel all I can say is that it should be in print and should be one of the top choices for reading groups everywhere!I read this book over 30 years ago the summer before I went to college..and remembering how captivated I was by it then I sought it out on a whim and found it at the library. 32 years later it still captured my heart and most of my free time from the first page. I think this book is even more significant now When it was written the Civil Rights movement was news, now it is history. History is documented by chronological events, news impacts our day to day lives. In this book we relive the civil rights movement, and the era that preceded it through the eyes and experiences of an incredibly engaging group of characters. There are now generations who did not experience the dehumanization, indignity and brutatlity of institutionalized racism. This book shows how it affects the lives of human beings both Caucasian and African American. And you don't even know you are learning something because you are so swept away by the story. I also feel that her characters observations and experiences of racism, both overt and covert can lead a reader to face down any pockets of racism they may be unknowingly carrying and grow beyond them. This is the blessing the best fiction leads you in emotionally rather than getting in your face with cold facts and figures..and this is where the healing can begin. And although the trappings of progress may be in place we still have a lot of work to do in this area.

The First Book I Really Read

My mother read this book and recommended that I read it too. At the time I was not a person that read for pleasure... so when the monster Five Smooth Stones was plopped onto my table, you can imagine my response! For some reason I picked it up, started reading, and could not put it down until I was done! I had to have my own copy because it meant so much to me, not just because I actually finished it, but because David became a member of my family! I cried at his graduations like I was his mother and ached for his trials and suffering! I morned the loss of this book when I completed it. The book was out of print at the time, but found a copy at a rare book shop. I am thrilled that it is in reprint and available! It should be a must read for high schoolers, college students, all human kind. Because of this book, I now read like a crazy woman. And I agree, this should be a movie for all to see and to encourage all to read!

I can't believe this isn't in print anymore!

I read this book for a high school English assignment; it was the most enjoyable homework I have ever had! It has been a long time since characters in a book have had the kind of impact on me that those in FIVE SMOOTH STONES did. Ann Fairbairn does a magnificent job of inviting the reader into the people's lives to experience the hatred, bewilderment, or passion they each feel. Many times I wanted to jump in and yell, "It's not fair," whenever David, a lawyer from the south who fights for his people's rights, gets into trouble or others pick on him because he is black. A boy growing up in New Orleans during the depression, David faces the challenges of attending a school in the north with whites, fighting for equality, and maintaining a long-lasting love with a white girl. It is really saying something about a book when the author creates such a believable, true-to-life story and evokes such heart-rending emotion from the readers that they are appalled and stricken at the end! THIS IS A MUST READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT!!
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