The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride
I just finished The Good Lord Bird, by James McBride. Then I licked the inside of the cover and looked hopefully for extra pages that may have fallen out onto the floor. That’s how good it is. McBride tells the story of the quixotic abolitionist John Brown, whose activism played a major part in beginning the Civil War, seen through the eyes of a young escaped slave who happens to be a virtuoso storyteller. His brilliant word use manages to make slavery, murder, and war entertaining and often hilarious. I had to stop at least once per paragraph to admire McBride’s sheer jaw-dropping talent. Enjoy!