Sometimes when I read a book, I wonder if the author even liked what they were writing about. There are no such worries when it comes to Mark Childress and his roaring adventure book, V for Victor. Childress captures a time in the South so perfectly that I actually looked up more in regards to his life to see if he was around during World War II. Spoiler, he wasn't, but I was definitely fooled.
V for Victor is the coming-of-age tale of sixteen-year-old Victor who finds himself on a forlorn island in Mobile Bay taking care of his passing grandmother. He is not prepared for the adventure that awaits him as the presence of war comes knocking at his door. Victor has more hubbub and commotion in his life than any one teen deserves. Butch, another troubled young man, shows up and soon becomes the darker of the two.
Mark Childress says that V for Victor was easily one of his favorite books to write because he found the entire idea of the way war touched the coast of Mobile so fascinating. It certainly comes through in his writing where characters seem like someone you might know and the stories are the same tales locals regale each other with on long summer afternoons. V for Victor reads like a Twain, with a dash of Ted Dunagan. If you're a fan of Childress's other work or you grew up reading Hardy Boys mysteries, you'll truly enjoy V for Victor.
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ISBN 1478147520 EAN 9781478147527 Publisher Createspace Publish Date Oct 15, 2012 Copyright Date Oct 15, 2012 Binding Paperback
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- E for Exceptional
I was introduced to Mark Childress through his essays “Something in the Water” and “Looking for Harper Lee.” I enjoyed both. They were interesting and well-executed, but apparently Childress’s calling is something well beyond essays. Having just finished V for Victor, “impressed” seems a term that is wanting.
Childress, as a novelist, is talented, and this book is one of the most compelling I’ve had the pleasure of reading in some time. A tale about a teen who is looking for adventure, and stumbles into adventure and more in his home waters of Mobile Bay during WWII, V for Victor is packed with adventure and drama, and keeps one turning pages, all the while pulling on the reader’s heartstrings. I finished this book over a weekend and enjoyed it immensely. Read it, read it, read it. My rating? E for exceptional.