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Theskill a writer has, the better he she 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 reader into the sad world of his main character, July Montgomery, then moves us with a very believable story of survival and growth His description Theskill a writer has, the better he she 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 reader into the sad world of his main character, July Montgomery, then moves us with a very believable story of survival and growth His descriptions of place and time are beautiful melodic in the telling and memorable in effect One place contrasts with another as emotions build upon themselves July, who is a young child in the country when we first meet him, first loses his grandmother to age, then his parents to a car accident We know how important these people are in his life as they have been important to us Rhodes carefully introduced each to his audience and provided full summaries of their lives We then read with amazement when July, at age 10, runs away from his aunt who has come to take care of him, to the city of Philadelphia He then lives beneath the subway tunnels, is befriended by a master crook, reads through his teenage years, meets an amazing young woman, then moves back to his original home in the country to settle down with her Throughout it all we are kept in tune with July s thoughts and we learn from them We learn what it means to lose everything, to be alone, to value beauty, to fear, to hunger, to trust and ultimately to love We learn to believe July Montgomery will succeed despite having all the odds against him And because of this belief, we also learn joy Unfortunately, it is exactly at this point that Rhodes skills of manipulation fail He pushes the story too far It would be unfair for me to tell you the ending, but the unforeseen events that once again change July s life are so contrived they take the book into a completely different genre and destroy the credibility of the very lessons that had been so masterfully taught The events become so shocking that readers will want to throw the book across the room or give it a terrible review But that would be too easy Rock Island Line is well worth reading Writing that is so good that readers are drawn through a book page by page with baited breath is worth celebrating Rhodes understanding the power of manipulation and having the skill to use it in his writing is praiseworthy Overusing it, like overusing so many other powers, makes it crass and is to be condemned 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 story.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 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. 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 roads The setting I live close to Sharon Center and lived in Philadelphia is what originally made this interesting but it wasn t long before the characters Rhodes created drew me into their lives One of my favorite books when I was young wasMy Side of the Mountain where a boy ran away fr 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 roads The setting I live close to Sharon Center and lived in Philadelphia is what originally made this interesting but it wasn t long before the characters Rhodes created drew me into their lives One of my favorite books when I was young wasMy Side of the Mountain where a boy ran away from New York City and created a life for himself in the Catskill Mountains Rock Island Line presents a similar, though opposite scenario when after his parents are killed in a traffic accident, July runs away from his rural home to Philadelphia July finds a place to live in a hidden shelf under the subway and trolley system of Center City He sells newspapers and creates a life for himself, spending a lot of time in solitude, talking with his cat, his subconscious, and his anxieties This may sound boring but Rhodes keeps things interesting as July ponders the meaning of life and is forced to interact with a variety of characters Eventually July meets a young women and realizes he needs to return to Iowa after some ten years in Philadelphia If you ve read Driftless you know tragedy is ahead, which again providesthan enough reasons for July and the author to reflect on the meaning of, love, loss and life 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 Philadelphia s Center City s subway system Rock Island Line is the story of a boy growing up homeless, running away from his past, and keeping voluntarily disconnected from people, an 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 Philadelphia s Center City s subway system Rock Island Line is the story of a boy growing up homeless, running away from his past, and keeping voluntarily disconnected from people, and what happens, eventually, when life forces him to confront his past.Originally published in 1975, this book s re release coincides with the publication of David Rhodes Driftless, about July Montgomery s twilight, and his first book in over thirty years This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 misfortune that July ultimate character the story was about had to deal with broke my heart July s grandparents and parents were exemplary people full of complications and intelligence They were the type of people the Midwest is known for It s just too bad the horrible 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 misfortune that July ultimate character the story was about had to deal with broke my heart July s grandparents and parents were exemplary people full of complications and intelligence They were the type of people the Midwest is known for It s just too bad the horrible people prevailed This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 4.5I 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 Line is all about his past I truly wonder how I would have felt if I had read this book first I was already so attached to him And I also knew that he survived his 4.5I 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 Line is all about his past I truly wonder how I would have felt if I had read this book first I was already so attached to him And I also knew that he survived his childhood and youth Some of the scenes, I had to put the book down and take a break before I read on, they are so fraught Even though I knew he survived The reason for the.5 less than five stars is that I had a bit of a hard time with the philosophizing But July is such an interesting character, so deep, damaged, and good .EBOOK ⚔ 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 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 enormous acclaim in , Rock Island Line brings Rhodes s striking characterizations and unparalleled eye for the telling detail to this tale of paradise lost and possibly regained Prequel to Driftless, long winded in places but writing is so evocative of both rural and urban settings that it drew me in to each type of setting Though it s hard to believe a 10 yr old could make it alone in the big city, maybe in the 50 s it could have happened Love, hate, greed, generosity, innocence and corruption all have their place in July s experiences Would like to have the story between the two books 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. Starts out slow and a bit confusing to follow It gets better, much better The story itself takes hold to make for an enjoyable read I liked Driftless and Jewelweed a bit better so start your reading there Rhodes is a very good writer and if you have not read one of his books, you are in for a treat.