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Rmous acclaim in 1975 Rock Island Line brings Rhodes's striking characterizations and unparalleled eye for the telling detail to this tale of paradise lost and possibly regaine I don t really know what a gothic novel is but I think this is one It s the story of July Montgomery and his beginnings in Sharon Center Iowa his journey to Philadelphia alone at a young age and the shape of his young adulthood Kind of a journey of self discovery kind of book I guess Though an overall interesting story it would occasionally get bogged down I didn t really need 3 pages on installing a septic tank Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose young age and the shape of his Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers young adulthood Kind of a journey of self discovery kind of book I guess Though an overall interesting story it would occasionally get bogged down I didn t really need 3 pages on installing a septic tank

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Rock Island Line

Raised in an idyllic Iowa town young July Montgomery is rocked by the tragic death of his parents Fleeing to Philadelphia he fashions a ghostly existence in an underground train What starts off as a bit confusing a bit of magic realism in a small town near Iowa City but not to the WP Kinsella level Rock Island Line explores loss and than that fear After providing family background through a few generations the story focuses on young July Montgomery who loses everything he s known in a short length of time and decides at 12 years old to venture out on his own The story follows July through his resettling in Philadelphia and building his own life suatting in a subway tunnel Though he briefly considers begging like other young street denizens he makes a decision to work He begins selling newspapers The book follows July as he ages and we see time and again how fear sometimes a gnawing fear that he s missing something but sometimes a sudden fear drives his decisions about how he will live his life The turning point in the story is when he meets a young woman at an art gallery and he has to decide whether to let her into his life This relationship opens July up to his past which he revisits through the conclusion of the novel I found the ending not as well done as the initial parts of the novel July seems to have changed for the worse after his trip down memory lane and some subplots especially how they were written take away from the development of the character earlier on This book was written in the early 70s and this seems to have informed the storyline with a kind of hippyexploratory mentality that becomes obvious at the end While I didn t like the ending as much as the way we get there I really enjoyed the book The characters stick with you The locations stick with you There is timelessness to the writing such that I found myself wondering at times in the novel if we were in the 20s or the 70s or in between I read Rhode s Driftless before reading this Driftless is a kind of followup on July Montgomery s life and is also well written and entertaining I grew up in a small town about 60 miles from where the Iowa story took place The familiarity is something else that drew me to enjoy this novel As a bonus readers might want to try what I did after finishing the book Go to Google Maps and look up Sharon Center Sharon Iowa You ll see a crossroads Click on the streetview picture to see the middle of that crossroads As you look around the 2009 edition of this set of images you ll see an old run down garage Much of the Iowa story revolves around a garage and the house next door I suspect this is what the author based the story on although from the time of the writing a few decades back Her Babys Bodyguard (Eagle Squadron young July Montgomery is rocked by the tragic death of his parents Fleeing to Philadelphia he fashions a ghostly existence in an underground train What starts off as a bit confusing a bit of magic realism in a small town near Iowa City 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July up to his past which he revisits through the conclusion of the novel I found the ending not as well done as the initial parts of the novel July seems to have changed for the worse after his trip down memory lane and some subplots especially how they were written take away from the development of the character earlier on This book was written in the early 70s and this seems to have informed the storyline with a kind of hippyexploratory mentality that becomes obvious at the end While I didn t like the ending as much as the way we get there I really enjoyed the book The characters stick with Warrior Rising (The Esri you The locations stick with Mistress at a Price you There is timelessness to the writing such that I found myself wondering at times in the novel if we were in the 20s or the 70s or in between I read Rhode s Driftless before reading this Driftless is a kind of followup on July Montgomery s life and is also well written and entertaining I grew up in a small town about 60 miles from where the Iowa story took place The familiarity is something else that drew me to enjoy this novel As a bonus readers might want to try what I did after finishing the book Go to Google Maps and look up Sharon Center Sharon Iowa You ll see a crossroads Click on the streetview picture to see the middle of that crossroads As Raintree (Raintree, you look around the 2009 edition of this set of images The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress you ll see an old run down garage Much of the Iowa story revolves around a garage and the house next door I suspect this is what the author based the story on although from the time of the writing a few decades back

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Station When a young woman appears to free him from his malaise they return together to the Iowa heartland where the novel soars to its heartrending climax First published to eno One of my best reads of 2009 Following is the summary but it doesn t express the excellent writing or emotions engendered by this unlikely storyRaised in an idyllic Iowa town young July Montgomery is rocked by the tragic death of his parents Fleeing to Philadelphia he fashions a ghostly existence in an underground train station When a young woman appears to free him from his malaise they return together to the Iowa heartland where the novel soars to its heartrending climax Hers to Protect young woman appears to free him from his malaise they return together to the Iowa heartland where the novel soars to its heartrending climax First published to eno One of my best reads of 2009 Following is the summary but it doesn t express the excellent writing or emotions engendered by this unlikely storyRaised in an idyllic Iowa town Her Small-Town Hero young July Montgomery is rocked by the tragic death of his parents Fleeing to Philadelphia he fashions a ghostly existence in an underground train station When a Red Tail (Travis Trilogy young woman appears to free him from his malaise they return together to the Iowa heartland where the novel soars to its heartrending climax


10 thoughts on “Rock Island Line

  1. says:

    What starts off as a bit confusing a bit of magic realism in a small town near Iowa City but not to the WP Kinsella level “Rock Island Line” explores loss and than that fear After providing family background through a few generations the story focuses on young July Montgomery who loses everything he’s known in a short length of time and decides at 12 years old to venture out on his own The story follows July thr

  2. says:

    The skill a writer has the better heshe is able to manipulate an intended audience This is a given Creating personality place time and event are all tools to manipulate readers so they can believe the action of characters and the outcome of stories David Rhodes is a master of manipulation His book 'Rock Island Line' carefully pulls the reade

  3. says:

    It’s not often a novel begins in Sharon Center Iowa moves to Center City Philadelphia and back to Sharon Center an unincorporated “town” southwest of Iowa City at the intersection of two curvy blacktop roa

  4. says:

    This novel is the story of Driftless’s July Montgomery before he settled in southwestern Wisconsin at the end of his life The book starts and ends in Iowa City Iowa where July was born When July is ten years old and his parents die in a car accident he leaves Iowa and everything he knows making his home in P

  5. says:

    One of my best reads of 2009 Following is the summary but it doesn't express the excellent writing or emotions engendered by this unlikely storyRaised in an idyllic Iowa town young July Montgomery is rocked by the tragic de

  6. says:

    45I read Driftless and Jewelweed before reading this book In Driftless July Montgomery is a farmer who plays a pivotal if understated role in the lives of the residents of Words Though silent about his own past July offers advice and assistance freely He is an amazing person and I loved him as a character So Rock Island L

  7. says:

    This kept me up reading far into the night to the sad ending and the story leading up to it The conversations especially between all the couples were really wonderful The writing was beyond criticism But the sadness and mi

  8. says:

    Preuel to Driftless long winded in places but writing is so evocative of both rural and urban settings that it drew me in to each typ

  9. says:

    I don't really know what a gothic novel is but I think this is one It's the story of July Montgomery and his beginnings in Sharon Center Iowa his journey to Philadelphia alone at a young age and the shape of his young adulthood Kind of a journey of self discovery kind of book I guess Though an overall interesting story it would occasionall

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