The Given Day - Dennis Lehane

The Given Day

By Dennis Lehane

  • Release Date: 2009-10-06
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 139 Ratings

Description

"Gut-wrenching force...A majestic, fiery epic. The Given Day is a huge, impassioned, intensively researched book that brings history alive." - The New York Times Dennis Lehane, the New York Times bestselling author of Live by Night—now a Warner Bros. movie starring Ben Affleck—offers an unflinching family epic that captures the political unrest of a nation caught between a well-patterned past and an unpredictable future. This beautifully written novel of American history tells the story of two families—one black, one white—swept up in a maelstrom of revolutionaries and anarchists, immigrants and ward bosses, Brahmins and ordinary citizens, all engaged in a battle for survival and power at the end of World War I.

Reviews

  • Bravo

    5
    By UsernameBecauseYouSuck
    Outstanding book, with a thorough history lesson (or refresher, for some) but more entertaining than most action movies. His characters come to life and stay with you to the end, leaving an impression I'm confident will never leave.
  • The Given Day

    3
    By Dukato
    Good but on the subject there are better books, The Fall of Giants for example, is to me more cohesive and faster developing story.
  • The Given Day

    5
    By readerhs
    This is Lehane's most sophisticated and involving work to date. The characters are broadly drawn and they move the story forward at a sure pace. Including Babe Ruth was a brilliant stroke, which keeps the reader guessing as to the famed ballplayer's place in the story. This is a good read.
  • Living, Breathing Boston Early Twentieth Century

    4
    By Fpiano
    I thought it was every bit as good as his contemporary detective fiction.
  • Great read!

    4
    By Oyamk
    A wonderful story from so many perspectives! I used it in the gym everyday and the time flew by....lost track of my exercise time because I was so captivated by the book. Will definitely read other works by the author.
  • Brilliant

    5
    By Gatehall
    Typically well conceived and written book by Lehane. A departure from his other works, but written like few others can write. One more reason to read everything he writes.
  • Given Day

    2
    By Clone me
    I've read Mystic River, Shutter island and I was looking forward to reading another book by Lehane. The book is written in first person and the vocabulary was totally out of character for the two main characters in the book. The writing reminded me of an eighth grade student who was learning to use a thesaurus for the first time. The plot is weak and predictable. It's a stretch to connect the two stories. I was totally disappointed.