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David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who achieves great success and then sacrifices everything to lead his people in the difficult, day-by-day struggle of the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the beloved and vital white girl who loved David from the moment she first saw him, but they struggled over David's belief that a marriage for them would not be right in the violent world he had to confront. Likening the struggle of black Americans to the five smooth stones” the biblical David carried against Goliath in lieu of arms, this novel’s range encompasses decades and continentsbut that range is insignificant compared with the intimate picture of its hero’s irresistible warmth and inner conflicts. First published in 1966, this epic has become one of the most loved American bestsellers.

Published: Chicago Review Press an imprint of Independent Publishers Group on
ISBN: 9781569765722
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Too long, would prefer someone make a movie or PBS get this screen written into a series....Feelings of a negative kind were truly generated, reliving the dark south side of American history..more
I was a very young girl, about 12 or 13 or so, when my big sister, in her twenties, loaned it to me to read. I was blown away. I've always hated injustice and so did she. I found out much, much later that she had to give up a relationship herself due predjudice and pressure from family.more
This huge novel should be required reading for anyone who thinks it's no big deal that Barack Obama is in the White House. Five Smooth Stones spans four decades of American history, from the Great Depression to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. David Champlin, a black man, grows up impoverished but in an emotionally rich environment in his grandfather's household in New Orleans, where white supremacy is unquestioned and officially sanctioned discrimination is rampant. Despite the odds against him, he gains an education and becomes a lawyer. On the eve of marriage and a career in international diplomacy, a key event inspires him to turn his back on a secure future and join the struggle of his people in the South. The struggle, as we all know, is ongoing, and each triumph comes at a great cost.more
What a wonderful story...about New Orleans, about love. I read this book so'll love it. long ago, but will never forget David, Sarah, the Professor, and David's grandparents...Geneva and......anyway, it's a beautifully written story of a time in our history, and the courage some were able to show in the face of it all. Youmore
This is between # 1 and # 2 of the top five best, most interesting books I've ever read and I've read many. I first read this book in the early 70s. Since then, I've read it another 6 or 7 times. I used to keep it on my book shelf and read it twice a year. I've lost two copies, they may be packed away but recently bought a third-the most recent edition and read it again this year. I'm glad this book is getting some of the attention it deserves. It's timeless.... In every decade that I've read it, I identify real-life people that share characteristics with the characters in this book. It doesn't feel like fiction. It reads like real life. What more can you ask of these dramatic, romantic, heart wrenching words? I've love to have this book in ebook format but haven't been able to find it.more
Where to Start, This book is a must read for everyone who loves a love story, a touch of history, and the belief that somewhere there is hope for mankind. I read this when it came first out and have reread it every 2 years since and it still makes me laff , cry , and renew my vows to be more tolerant of others. The book makes you Care about the characters and you forget thats its a work of fiction.more
This was a book of two halves for me. I would rate the first 500 pages at 8/10, with the remaining 350 at 5/10. It all started falling apart once a major character died, and the race riots began. None of the new characters introduced after that engaged me, and I got bogged down in the policital discussion/race riot descriptions. Something was missing from the narrative, but I'm not sure what. Long books like this don't usually put me off, but I found myself wishing for the end.Having said all that, I'm am glad I've read this, and persevered to the end!more
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Too long, would prefer someone make a movie or PBS get this screen written into a series....Feelings of a negative kind were truly generated, reliving the dark south side of American history..more
I was a very young girl, about 12 or 13 or so, when my big sister, in her twenties, loaned it to me to read. I was blown away. I've always hated injustice and so did she. I found out much, much later that she had to give up a relationship herself due predjudice and pressure from family.more
This huge novel should be required reading for anyone who thinks it's no big deal that Barack Obama is in the White House. Five Smooth Stones spans four decades of American history, from the Great Depression to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. David Champlin, a black man, grows up impoverished but in an emotionally rich environment in his grandfather's household in New Orleans, where white supremacy is unquestioned and officially sanctioned discrimination is rampant. Despite the odds against him, he gains an education and becomes a lawyer. On the eve of marriage and a career in international diplomacy, a key event inspires him to turn his back on a secure future and join the struggle of his people in the South. The struggle, as we all know, is ongoing, and each triumph comes at a great cost.more
What a wonderful story...about New Orleans, about love. I read this book so'll love it. long ago, but will never forget David, Sarah, the Professor, and David's grandparents...Geneva and......anyway, it's a beautifully written story of a time in our history, and the courage some were able to show in the face of it all. Youmore
This is between # 1 and # 2 of the top five best, most interesting books I've ever read and I've read many. I first read this book in the early 70s. Since then, I've read it another 6 or 7 times. I used to keep it on my book shelf and read it twice a year. I've lost two copies, they may be packed away but recently bought a third-the most recent edition and read it again this year. I'm glad this book is getting some of the attention it deserves. It's timeless.... In every decade that I've read it, I identify real-life people that share characteristics with the characters in this book. It doesn't feel like fiction. It reads like real life. What more can you ask of these dramatic, romantic, heart wrenching words? I've love to have this book in ebook format but haven't been able to find it.more
Where to Start, This book is a must read for everyone who loves a love story, a touch of history, and the belief that somewhere there is hope for mankind. I read this when it came first out and have reread it every 2 years since and it still makes me laff , cry , and renew my vows to be more tolerant of others. The book makes you Care about the characters and you forget thats its a work of fiction.more
This was a book of two halves for me. I would rate the first 500 pages at 8/10, with the remaining 350 at 5/10. It all started falling apart once a major character died, and the race riots began. None of the new characters introduced after that engaged me, and I got bogged down in the policital discussion/race riot descriptions. Something was missing from the narrative, but I'm not sure what. Long books like this don't usually put me off, but I found myself wishing for the end.Having said all that, I'm am glad I've read this, and persevered to the end!more
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