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Jesus Out to Sea ➿ [Download] ➽ Jesus Out to Sea By James Lee Burke ➵ – In this moving collection of short stories James Lee Burke elegantly marries his flair for gripping storytelling with his lyrical writing style and complex fascinating character portraits The backdrop In this moving collection of short stories James Lee Burke Jesus Out PDF \ elegantly marries his flair for gripping storytelling with his lyrical writing style and complex fascinating character portraits The backdrop of the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast is a versatile setting for Burke's stories which cover the scope of the human experience from love and sex to domestic abuse to war death and friendship.

10 thoughts on “Jesus Out to Sea

  1. Cathrine ☯️ Cathrine ☯️ says:

    45★A very worthy collection of shorts by one of my favorite prose masters ranging between 4 and 5 stars depending on where you find yourself between the lines“That’s the way it was back then You woke in the morning to the smell of gardenias the electric smell of street carts chicory coffee and stone that has turned green with lichen The light was always filtered though trees so it was never harsh and flowers bloomed year round New Orleans was a poem man a song in your heart that never died”Despite those dreamy lines I experienced several seriously WTF moments always to be expected when Jimmy tells a story Winter Light was one of them and needed a second listen followed by a search for an illusive answer which lead to discovery of the award winning short film version which of course I had to hunt down and enjoyed immensely A later story along the same theme A Season of Regret was also very good They were all very good My most favorite from which the collection derives its title was Jesus Out To Sea a powerful offering up to the tragedy and heartbreak of Hurricane Katrina I don’t think I’m overstating its potential for some sacred impact on the reader or listener ExtrasListen to a 9 minute interview with JLB discussing Jesus Out To Sea here the trailer for Winter Light here has the 34 minute film for purchasestreaming

  2. notgettingenough notgettingenough says:

    I couldn't help thinking this is Ray Bradbury from the wrong side of town what happens to children who don't live in that pure middle American country idyll that Bradbury made so much his milieu Childhood fancy struggling through the real shit of American life the violence poverty ignorance that are at least as much American life as that which Bradbury chroniclesNot only about childhood but it is a themeAnd throughout it all the poetic lilt that is Burke's own in the way Bradbury has his I found myself reading passages out loud especially conversation it demanded to be heard as well as looked at It's been uite a while since I visited Burke's world but I'm so glad I did

  3. Jim Jim says:

    For a variety of reasons Burke is one of my favorite writers His Dave Robicheaux series of crime thrillers are true page turners Burke is a master in his descriptions of people places and things in those books This book is a series of short stories that have been published between1990 and 2007 The title story is about the devastation that covered New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina The stories are not page turners like the crime novels They are it seems to me a serious literary effort consisting mostly of stories of people in southern Louisiana who are down and out whose lives have passed them by I didn't enjoy these short stories as wellas the crime novels mostly I think because there is a certain sadness to them The tone of the stories is not one to make you rejoice in the goodness of the human condition The narrator of the stories struggles to come to terms with the memory of his father casting him as a good man in one story and a bad one in the next All that said the stories are very well written Burke is a master Even thoughthe book was not a page turner I found myself anxious to read each of them

  4. Mikel Mikel says:

    Only El Leonard James Lee Burke Stephen King and Lawrence Block seem to have the ability to make me yearn for the dying art of the short story It's a format that's fallen out of step with the times They're too long to be read safely in the span of a television commercial yet too short to occupy a bedside stand for a week It' the light lunch of literature and we live in polarized times when folks opt for gluttony or ascetics Atkins or Grapefruit The short story fills that beautiful sweet spot in between but since it's an antiuated form there's little market for it Authors that indulge seem to do so out of the challenge that the short story possesses And the great canvas it creates to let an author pour out a lot of conceits and constructions they've had burning in their mind for a while that they couldn't elegantly fit into a novel without it sticking out like a sore thumbJesus Out to Sea reads like a casting call of all of the small background characters of Burke's Dave Robicheaux series that you wish were allocated ink They run the gamut racially and socially but all are united in being battered by life in one form or another mired in misery yet strangely never bleak They span a wide variety of life experience from the Katrina ravaged New South to the war ravaged South East Asia Burke's voice seems to shout out in this format each page dripping with description in a way that would almost be syrupy sweet in the context of a novel And typical Burke the characters who would come across as losers in another writers care here appear as down on their luck men and women whose hand you end up wanting to shake instead of step across the street to avoid

  5. Allan Allan says:

    I read Burke just for the beauty of his prose The atmospheres he builds are intensely involving and his descriptions can bring tears to a statue This brief collection of short stories previously published in several different sources are far ranging at times but several are tales of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath I found these the most powerful but enjoyed them all

  6. Matthew Matthew says:

    The majority of these stories are set on the TexasLouisiana coast and I've been tempted to read this author because he writes in that setting a lot This collection is not an encouragement to seek his other materialSomeone on this website has already typed up a random passage for me to show youSometimes he comes to me in my dreams and I wonder if ironically all our stories were written on his skin back there in Texas City in 1947 Or maybe that's just poetic illusion purchased by time But even in the middle of an Indian summer's day when the sugarcane is beaten with purple and gold light in the fields and the sun is both warm and cool on your skin at the same time when I know that the earth is a fine place after all I have to mourn just a moment for those people of years ago who lived lives they did not choose who carried burdens that were not their own whose invisible scars were as private as the scarlet beads of Sister Roberta's rosary wrapped across the back of her small hand as bright as drops of blood ringed round the souls of little peopleThe first sentence in this sample does not make any sense in the context of the story There are several ways to write on the skin of dead people but sadly the ironic approach is not explained in great detail here I'm going to have to stop reading that sentence because it's starting to unravel my grasp of the English language Or maybe that's just poetic illusion purchased in the bargain bin at Hasting'sAnd how about that blood ringed round the souls of little people? Evocative yes? The perfect title for my next industrial Celtic mysticism albumThe best stories in this book are the oil worker stories and the sample above is from one of thoseReally I enjoy criticizing the established mystery writers on this website because it usually prompts a comment that is deleted before I can log in to read it I can only hope that these phantom comments are as filled with amusing vitriol as I imagine them to be

  7. Brenda Hicks Brenda Hicks says:

    The era in which we grew up was a poem and Bugsey Siegel was a friend of mine I picked this book up from the library for two reasons It's a book of shorts which I love in general and second because a review under the front cover said that Burke is not afraid to write beautifully about awful things The reviewer is right Gritty is how I would describe Burke's tales Gritty with tangible depth and beauty When you stumble across great writing the kind that makes you want to read aloud so you can get the full 4D experience; the kind that makes you brain relax and drink in words that roll off the page like smooth whiskey you must acknowledge the craft for what it is I'm reminded that anything in life even the very worst of who we are as humans can be rendered beautiful by the right combination of words in the hands of a master And isn't that what our job is as storytellers? Isn't it our job to lift up humanity and show it with all of its faults but also show how those faults weave together into one big beautiful mess? Love your neighbor in all his failed sinful triumphant glory Love your neighbor as yourself My father had been an old time pipeline man whose best friend was killed by his side on the last day of World War I He read classical literature refused to mow the lawn under any circumstances spent days than he should in a beer joint attended church irregularly and contended there were two things you needed to know about the nature of God that He had a sense of humor and as a gentleman He never broke His wordPick this one up Read and enjoy the sights sounds and smells of the south Burke is less in love with his characters of the northbut then all of us romanticize the places of our birth

  8. Jennifer (JC-S) Jennifer (JC-S) says:

    ‘I don’t care to revisit moments like that’This book contains eleven short stories spanning seven decades and set in two continents The themes are dark touching on much that is unpleasant but offering too the hope of redemption ‘I look at him and feel ashamed of both of us’What makes these stories work is the extraordinarily vivid characters that Mr Burke creates in each story Some of the stories are linked through their characters; others share themes – of childhood of the price of peace of the cost of war of the personal impact of disasterThree stories particularly remain in my mind in ‘Texas City 1947’ the Sonnier children’s father disappears They are left with an abusive stepmother They develop their own solution to this problem In ‘Winter Light’ set in Montana an aging professor tries to deal with trespassing hunters His actions have their own sense but are not likely to prevail‘ ”We’re here” one of the hunters yelled at the others “We’re here”’And in ‘Jesus Out to Sea’ set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina we see failure Not only has the government failed to react effectively to the disaster the city itself had been moving from hope to despair There is less hope evident in this story it’s hard to move past the imagery of Jesus on a cross the remnant of a destroyed church floating away in the floodwatersI also enjoyed the trio of stories featuring Charlie and his best friend Nick Hauser growing up in 1940s Houston ‘The Molester’; ‘The Burning of the Flag’ and ‘Why Bugsy Siegel Was a Friend of Mine’Jennifer Cameron Smith

  9. Graculus Graculus says:

    This is one of those books that I'm glad I've read given my liking for the author but also wouldn't have bought thanks library system because I've yet to come across any collection of short stories that holds my attention the same way as a novelI've long been a fan of James Lee Burke's crime novels which I recommend like crazy to anyone who hasn't come across him He's essentially a novellist who happens to write crime with a deft touch and lyrical language describing both the people and the places where his stories are setIn Jesus Out to Sea we get a collection of Burke's most recent short stories which are sadly not uite up to the uality of his longer works But then the most recent of his books that I read was the superb The Tin Roof Blowdown which dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and had me in tears at the end That was always going to be a tough act to follow

  10. Brenda Coone Brenda Coone says:

    This book is amazing I read it twice Everything James Lee Burke writes he writes well but while reading this book I had to keep reminding myself this really happened You may have listened to all of the news reports about Katrina and felt sympathy for what the people there were experiencing both during and so long after After reading this book I will remember Katrina like I remember my grandmother telling me about the great depression and how they got through it The title comes is one of the most clever things about the book It's not what you think You will understand when you read it

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