Come Again No More review ñ 3


10 thoughts on “Come Again No More

  1. says:

    The second in a series of books based loosely on Jack Todd's family this one did not have the punch of the first Sun Going Down I would still give it 3 12 stars if I could because Todd's writing is wonderful and there were times when I could not put the book down I had a couple of problems too many times sexual acts were mentioned with a bit too much detail in this one and though I know that seems to be common in many modern books I find it unnecessary to the story line to be that concise about it even though I do understand the type of characters being depicted when that occurred would have truly spoken and acted in that way; and my lack of interest in boxing made it hard to read the chapters about Jake McCloskey even though it set up what was going to happen later in the book I felt badly for Emaline over and over both in Sun Going Down and in Come Again No Moretruly one woman should never have to go through as much as she did I did not think the depth of the complexity of feelings toward her Grandfather Eli were addressed enough She hated him and then years later she forgave him because of Juanita but human emotions are deeper than that I think she would have struggled with her decision to forgive The book had an awesome ending bringing the two books back full circle to the mustangs I'm glad I read it but I hope the third book will hold of what I loved about the first one


  2. says:

    DNF'd at the halfway point Beautiful writing but the plot was scattered It first focused on Eli them Emaline and a lot of it felt rushed Might've made sense if I'd been able to read the first book in the trilogy but my library did a massive purge of its book collection and dumped the first and last book in the series It really bums me out because it seems like all that's left at the library to read is cliched chicklit thrillers mysteries James Patterson and James Patterson wannabes Jodi Picoult and Jodi Picoult wannabes post apocalyptic crap and Danielle SteeleBut that rant is neither here nor there I guess


  3. says:

    I enjoyed Jack Todd’s first book in the trilogy so much I immediately bought and read the second one The Paint family comes to life again Jack is a gifted writer He deserves so much credit than ever will come to him but I suppose in the Twitter age that this can be said of many I won’t forget the Paint family and though many will think this has uite a reach when I read Todd I feel as if I could be reading of the Joads Beautiful writing through and through


  4. says:

    They were three miles west of town when the sun broke through The wind tore the clouds to rags the sun lit the rags on fire and in fiery trails they streamed across the sky that opened like a bruised and tender heart Opening sentences of Come Again No MoreIn that opening Jack Todd paints a beautiful picture of the open skies of Wyoming but I like this passage a few sentences later where the author gives us a capsule of the time when people are taking road trips as well as the setting Now and again they caught up to battered jalopies tiptoeing along the road on tires that were tall and thin and bald as a buzzard the drivers gritting their teeth as they held on to the wide steering wheels fighting to keep an ancient Model T or a battered Studebaker form skidding into the barrow pitNow I know that the times are tough and since the Model T is already ancient I assume the 1930's have arrived with the Great Depression By the collouialism 'bald as a buzzard' I'm tipped off that this is the Western United States Automobiles and road trips are important in this book particularly since people wandered from state to state seeking relief from unrelenting hardshipTodd portrays two worlds ranching and gangster ridden boxing and there is no doubt when you leave one for the other Not only the character's speech but the narrative reflects the rhythm and usage of its worldOn the ranch  Ezra Paint crawled out of his bunk while it was still darker than a stack of black catsIn Jake the prize fighter's world his knuckles had been broken so often that his hands looked like a bowl full of walnutsThe use of telling details eludes lesser writers I will admit that it is the bane of my existence and sets Jack Todd apart as a masterful teller of talesCome Again No More is the second in a trilogy about the ranching family the Paints Since I missed the first one and devoured this one I yearn to read the entire set starting with Sun Going Down and the third when it appearsOn his website Todd explains that while he based the tales on stories from his parents and grandparents' experience he fictionalized the events in order to reflect a broader view of the experience of those years  He tips his hat to the master John Steinbeck whose The Grapes of Wrath is the go to novel for understanding life during the hard years of the depressionJack Todd doesn't live in the American West because he left the United States to avoid being drafted for the war in Vietnam He is now a sportswriter in Canada I am glad that I didn't read the fine print about his personal choices before I read the novel Whatever you think of his iconoclastic journalism or his surrender of his American passport his writing about the West shinesOriginal review at A Traveler's Librarycom


  5. says:

    This was an engaging book with many interesting characters and a layered plot The ending was weak and completely disconnected from the rest of the novel however


  6. says:

    ARC received through the Goodreads First Reads programhen I read the first chapter of this book I thought I'd made a mistake in reuesting it Based on the first couple of paragraphs I thought there was no way I'd be able to connect with the characters Eli or Emaline and I wasn't sure about the writing style I was SO WRONG Starting with the second chapter I was completely hookedJack Todd has written a novel with a very strong sense of place even if there aren't lengthy descriptive passages about the setting I was able to clearly picture all of the scenes in Nebraska and Wyoming Todd grew up in those states and it showsThe opening of the novel has Eli Paint arriving late for his daughter Velma's funeral He has a brief interaction with two of his grandchildren most notably Emaline Emaline hasn't forgiven him for his treatment of her mother and she is rather terse with him On his way back to his ranch the 8T8 he has a car accident that brings him closer to his housekeeper Juanita Juanita becomes the thread that connects Eli to Emaline later in the novelWe then leave Eli for a good long while Most of the book follows Emaline and her marriage to Jake McCloskey a former prizefighter who doesn't seem cut out for either marriage or farming They struggle to make a go of their Nebraska farm during the Great Depression Life in the Dust Bowl is hard and most of the book has a melancholy air Todd captures the tedium of everyday life in addition to Emaline's small joys Jake is a really interesting character and remains a puzzle throughout the novel Why does he want to be married at all? Does he actually want to change and can't or does he simply not see the effect his actions have on others or does he not care?I really don't want to give too much away but it's hard Todd is a good storyteller and I really enjoyed this book I have learned that it's part of a trilogy I'll have to pick up the first book and keep an eye out for the third's release


  7. says:

    of all I’m going to say that Come Again No More is a book I would usually never pick up myself I usually only read YA books because that’s what I enjoy though I’d like to thanks GoodReads because I won this ARC from themWith that said Come Again No More wasn’t really my cup of tea though I did find that reading the story helped me understand a lot about the years of the Great Depression This book features Eli Paint and his family and their struggles through this tough time in live and how they come together to help each other It’s a story of gain and loss discovering and losing love and hate family and friends It shows just how hard people had to fight to make a living back then People were poor going broke and had to struggle to made a living It’s a very touch storyThough something in this book that made me skip over some passages was the cussing and language used I can understand people cussing when they are angry but there were times where I couldn’t even imagine hearing someone talking like thatThis book is the second in the Paint Family series but I didn’t read the first one and it was easy to follow along the plotline of the story The book was kind of slow for me at some points but there were exciting parts too I’m positive that a person of great interest of the time era the book took place and a person who loves to read a story about a good family orientated book with really enjoy the the Paint’s story


  8. says:

    I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Before I started it I read the first in the series Sun Going Down It was an excellent book and I was instantly hooked on the Paint family story The beginning of Come Again No More did not disappoint continuing the saga in fine fashion The problems began about a third of the way in when the Jake character was introduced The reader could tell right off that he was 'bad news' Unfortunately the author felt the need to repeatedly drive this point into the reader's head by using excessive lewd talk and foul language Twice Mr Todd used words so revolting to describe a certain part of the female anatomy that if I had had the chance I would have slapped him I understand that most people curse I do it myself when pushed too far but this was way overboard and totally unnecessary The reader was perfectly capable of understanding how low Jake and his friends were without that kind of assault I had to skip sections of the narrative and missed parts of the story Just about the time I was going to give it up the language smoothed out and I was able to finish what was a fine story I'm looking forward to a third book to finish out the Paint saga I just hope Mr Todd can return to the form of the first book and not resort to the cheap writer's tactic of using trashy talk to convey his character's personality instead of uality writing


  9. says:

    EhI think the description on the jacket is a bit misleading as it suggest a kind of emotional conflict between the family patriarch Eli Paint and his granddaughter and main character Emaline Although the novel seems to be headed in that direction for the first portion it suddenly veers off into the story of Emaline's struggles with her idiot husband during the Great DepressionDust Bowl And that's a shame because I believe I would have enjoyed the novel much had it stayed with the EliEmaline story Emaline falls in love and marries a boxer Jake and they struggle to hold on to their small farm through the Great DepressionDust Bowl When Jake is initially introduced in the book he's an interesting enough character an aging boxer who's just about at the end of his career and has been all used up by everyone around him He seems a complex character with potential at the beginning but 3 chapters later he's nothing than an idiot with no depth at all This is where the book lost me Jake's only purpose in the book seemed to be to do stupid on such a level that our poor heroine had something to worry with It was cartoonish I lost all interest in the heroine at this point as well I did enjoy the ending but then it had little to do with the rest of the book which felt like a Hallmark movie little emotional drama for 34 of the story and a uick neat mushy wrap up Just not my kind of book


  10. says:

    you always think you're going to have time than you do then it slips away and you're left holding nothing at allthat was the line that drew me in My favorite thing about this book is how Jack Todd has done a great job at giving descriptions it was easy to understand each charter's actionshow the were feeling and best of all with every word that was written it gave me a great picture in my head of what was happening Come again no is realistic with its story telling the relationships between each character how a family deals with situations love and forgiveness this book has book completely touched my heart I loved it


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Come Again No More

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From the award winning author of the acclaimed Sun Going Down comes an intimate portrait of a marriage and a family struggling to survive turbulent times that echo our own THE PAINT FAMILY built an American empire on the legendary strength of their character their wit and their resolve but the foreclosures bank failures and joblessness of the Great Depression may bring their world down around them The family’s foundation is further weakened by a rift running through two generations scarred over by stubbornness and pain Come Again No More is a uniuely American story I enjoyed Jack Todd’s first book in the trilogy so much I immediately bought and read the second one The Paint family comes to life again Jack is a gifted writer He deserves so much credit than ever will come to him but I suppose in the Twitter age that this can be said of many I won’t forget the Paint family and though many will think this has uite a reach when I read Todd I feel as if I could be reading of the Joads Beautiful writing through and through

review Come Again No More

About a family navigating a changing world and the tough choices it presents The indomitable family patriarch Eli owns everything as far as the eye can see but there is an emptiness in his heart After a dramatic accident leaves him struggling for life he must reckon with the decisions he made that separated him from the daughter he loved most A chance for redemption presents itself in his granddaughter Emaline Eli has faced his own mortality many times but his pride seems to have a death grip on him Emaline marries Jake a womanizing prizefighter who promises to help her re This was an engaging book with many interesting characters and a layered plot The ending was weak and completely disconnected from the rest of the novel however

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Alize her dream of making a life on a farm But Jake’s inner demons and nature itself conspire against Emaline’s fierce determination to make their marriage work Life sends Emaline many joys when she least expects them but ultimately she must make tough decisions about holding on and letting go Based on the author’s family letters and diaries Come Again No More is a bittersweet novel a moving and vivid portrayal of a family’s triumphs and tragedies paralleling the glories and shameful underbelly of a nation struggling through the Great Depression EhI think the description on the jacket is a bit misleading as it suggest a kind of emotional conflict between the family patriarch Eli Paint and his granddaughter and main character Emaline Although the novel seems to be headed in that direction for the first portion it suddenly veers off into the story of Emaline's struggles with her idiot husband during the Great DepressionDust Bowl And that's a shame because I believe I would have enjoyed the novel much had it stayed with the EliEmaline story Emaline falls in love and marries a boxer Jake and they struggle to hold on to their small farm through the Great DepressionDust Bowl When Jake is initially introduced in the book he's an interesting enough character an aging boxer who's just about at the end of his career and has been all used up by everyone around him He seems a complex character with potential at the beginning but 3 chapters later he's nothing than an idiot with no depth at all This is where the book lost me Jake's only purpose in the book seemed to be to do stupid on such a level that our poor heroine had something to worry with It was cartoonish I lost all interest in the heroine at this point as well I did enjoy the ending but then it had little to do with the rest of the book which felt like a Hallmark movie little emotional drama for 34 of the story and a uick neat mushy wrap up Just not my kind of book

  • Hardcover
  • 356
  • Come Again No More
  • Jack Todd
  • English
  • 11 March 2019
  • 9781416598497