A Painted House by John Grisham

By John Grisham

Till that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had by no means saved a mystery or informed a unmarried lie. yet within the lengthy, scorching summer season of his 7th yr, teams of migrant employees — and very harmful males — got here throughout the Arkansas Delta to paintings the Chandler cotton farm. And all of sudden mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.

A brutal homicide leaves town seething in gossip and suspicion. a gorgeous younger girl ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless child is born ... and a person has all started furtively portray the naked clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down constitution in glowing white. And as younger Luke watches the realm round him, he unravels secrets and techniques which could shatter lives — and alter his kin and his city forever....

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Era opprimente, come sempre in questa stagione. Picchiai rapidamente sul vetro con l’indice destro, forse per spaventare un uccello là fuori, ma nulla si mosse. Come ho picchiato alla finestra con l’indice, adesso mi picchiai sulla testa e mi lasciai cadere nuovamente in poltrona. , pensavo. Così naturalmente sono diventato inattendibile. Mia so­ rella divulga in tutta Vienna, e proprio là dove la cosa per me ha gli effetti più devastanti, che sono un incapa­ ce. La sento dire continuamente a tutta la gente possibi­ le: il mio fratellino e il suo Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

Questo pensiero si ra­ dicò in me, da questo pensiero non riuscivo più a libe­ rarmi. Mi afferravo la testa e dicevo: il mare! Avevo tro­ vato la mia parola magica. Quando viaggiamo, se non siamo ancora del tutto inariditi, torniamo a vivere. Ma io sono forse in grado di viaggiare, qualsiasi possa essere la meta? Tutti i viaggi che ho fatto avevano operato mira­ coli. I nostri genitori avevano portato noi bambini con sé nei loro viaggi già molto presto e in questo modo ab­ biamo già visto molto prima dei dodici e tredici anni.

Oggi non esci più di casa, questa è la cosa peggiore, diceva lei, proprio lei che è conosciuta ovunque e da tutti come una persona con pochissima voglia di camminare e nelle tre settimane che è stata qui non ha fatto una passeggiata neanche una vol­ ta. Ma naturalmente lei non ha nemmeno la malattia che ho io, penso. Io dovrei fare passeggiate. Ma niente mi annoia di più. Niente mi scoccia di più, mi pesa più tor­ mentosamente su cuore e polmoni come andare a pas­ seggio. Io non sono un amante della natura, non sono mai stato un amante della natura, non mi sono mai la­ sciato imporre di essere uno di questi amanti della natu­ ra.

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