Altho this is not my favored Robichaud book, Burke still is a commensurate poet here, just a tad darker. His main character at first seems like just a basic alchoholic who can't help himself. But he is still sensitive to the inequities in life and the story told is a great cross-section -- the landed gentry and its corruption, politicians and their corruption, what was the Korean War and its horrors and how they affected this one man. I also liked being reminded of lessons from contemporary history, focusing on the courage of farm workers and their attempts to organize.
And boy, does James Lee get the alchoholic down pat!
Altho I wouldn't read it again (TOO dark), I'd recommend it to anyone who wanted to study the way Burke characteristically describes the landscape. Awesome!
I am a fan of James Lee Burke's books, but "Lay Down my Sword and Shield" seemed to me, pointless and very depressing.
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