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Book Review: Rules of '48

By Sandy Amazeen Feb 23, 2010, 8:02 GMT

Book Review: Rules of '48

Master storyteller Jack Cady\'s final novel, Rules of \'48, is a stirring semi-autobiographical examination of changing social conventions, and the development of the American conscience in the aftermath of the greatest war in history. In a city with roots deep in the Confederacy, five men endure seven deadly weeks that forever alter their perceptions of the world. ...more

Cady’s chronicling gift is evident in his last book as he immerses readers in the Deep South during the summer of 1948. It was a different time as residents of Louisville, Kentucky struggled to come to terms with issues of race and religious intolerance three years after the conclusion of WW II. Fear and suspicion sweep the country as the specter of communism and the Iron Curtain, ramifications of the Holocaust and stirrings of racial unrest seethe in a collective social caldron.

Enmeshed in this potential hotbed is a Jewish pawnbroker, an auctioneer, a day laborer and a host of other finely nuanced characters including several ghosts although this is not a ghost story in the classic sense. This is a social commentary, coming of age, multiple murder mystery and personal memoir all rolled into one convincing story. The language seems incredibly coarse and certainly not politically correct but authentic to the time and place, an uncomfortable reminder of our history.

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