• the Charlatan’s Boy

    Date: 2011.02.05 | Category: book review | Tags: ,,,

    I’ve sold out.

    Ok, that may be over stating it.

    I recently discovered that Waterbrook/Multnomah has a program called blogging for books.  I sign up and select a book, they mail it to me for FREE!, I review it on my blog and then I can do it again!  I love to read so I thought this program would be right up my alley.  Hooray!

    My first book review is on The Charlatan’s Boy, by Jonathan Rogers.  It’s a story about a young boy named Grady who is raised by a traveling huckster.  The boy is unsure of who he is or his relationship to the charlatan- he spends most of the book searching for answers about where he came from and who he will become.  Together the charlatan and Grady travel from town to town making their living by pretending that Grady is a “Feechie” or wild man from the swamp.  People pay to see and hear about the Feechies- and Grady has been playing the part for so long he believes he truly is one.

    The charlatan is just that.  He’s a liar and a fraud, he’s volatile and undependable.  He’s the closest thing to a father Grady has ever known, but that’s not saying much.  Despite his lack of moral upbringing, Grady has a surprising sense of guilt over the hoaxes that they play on the gullible.  Throughout the course of the book I kept expecting someone (anyone!) to teach Grady about Truth or to bring a level or morality to Grady’s life.  This just never happened.  Although at the end of the story Grady does find his true family and acceptance of who he is there is never any resolution to his questions about right and wrong or any glimpse of God or Truth.

    In the end, I thought this book was entertaining.  It was really a collection of tall tales and hoodwinks.  I was greatly disappointed that the author missed the opportunity to point the characters and the readers to God and His ultimate Truth.


    My only compensation for this book review was the free book from the publisher.  My opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by the publisher.