The Night Train: A Novel
The author of nine novels, Clyde Edgerton has built a reputation as a sage commentator on the American experience. In The Night Train, Edgerton weaves the ultimately uplifting tale of friends Dwayne, a James Brown-inspired crooner, and Larry, apprentice to a jazz musician. One black, one white, Dwayne and Larry face daunting challenges to their friendship—and futures—in 19...more
"Ladies and Gentlemen, are YOU READY? LIVE FROM THE APOLLO, IT'S JAMES BROWN!!!"
I can't find Starke on any North Carolina map, anymore than I can find Listre on a map of that State. But Clyde Edgerton has the knack of convincing his readers they're real places, and if not, they should be.
I've been an Edgerton fan since the publication of his first novel Raney. The Night Train: A Novel is his t...more
However I found this book on the new acquisitions shelf....more
This was a wonderful story set inrural North Carolina dudring the early 1960's. While the rest of the world was being...more
What a great little book. And by little, I mean size. Subject matter is huge here. Set in 1963 in the deep South, Dwayne and his friend Larry(the black kid he's not supposed to hang out with, because, well, because he's black) find music. Dwayne loves James Brown and Ray Charles. Larry is apprenticing with a jazz musician named the Bleeder, and he hopes to be Thelonious Monk someday. Their mutual love of music draws them together and k...more
The is a piano in the back of the furniture repair shop where Larry practices during his breaks. The owner's teenaged son, Dwayne Hallston also works there and becomes "secret" friends with Larry. His father...more
I fell in love with Clyde Edgerton on reading 'The Floatplane Notebooks' and while I still love that book, I have not felt the same with any of his novels, ever since. This one is too little, no meat on its bones. It should have been a short story, maybe. I read it through because I was expecting...something, maybe a whole book. But it didn't deliver...please, Mr. Edgerton, sit still, concentrate, and produce a real book next time.
Why stop with two? Well, the time capsule tone of the story is damaged by chapters that yank the reader (unnecessarily, in my opinion) from 1963 to 2011, when a has-been local radio personality is being interviewed about his talent show back in the day.
Beyond that, the book is a bagatelle, neither as musical...more
The characters are definitely a positive in this book. They are interesting and well developed. I love the unique names that Edgerton has created for each of th...more
First of all, I never really felt that I liked or disliked any of the characters. A lot of the time, I couldn't really tell if they liked or disliked each other. Everyone was so blase about things th...more
I have heard of the famous author, Clyde Edgerton, often throughout my reading life. For one reason or another I never had the chance to read one of his books until now. Clyde Edgerton's the NIGHT TRAIN is what I would call a regional novel. The setting of the story is 1963 in a North Carolina town. In this town the black and white people live close together and not so close together. The off and on relationship between the two races is like The Bermuda Triangle. It's very mysterious. I think on...more
Larry Nolan (full name Larry Lime Beacon of Time Reckoning Breathe on Me Nolan) is 16 in 1963 Starke, North Carolina. He works for a furniture shop owner as well as with his Uncle Young (actually his cousin - full name Young Prophet of Light and Material Witness to the Creation Trumpet Jones), who does odd jobs (picking up garbage, meat parts, etc.)
Dwayne Hallston is the son of the furniture shop owner and is determi...more
In one small town, Dwayne Hallston and Larry Lime Nolan become friends as each is interested in the new music starting to break through; the music of James Brown and the Apollo Theatre. Larry Lime wants to be a pianist like his idol, Thelonious Monk, while Dwayne has j...more
This is a very intriguing and well-written novel. Set in the 1960's, race is a hot issue. Dwayne and Larry are two unlikely friends-Larry if African-American while Dwayne is white. They both love music, this is really what brings them together. The secondary characters are just as interesting and fun to meet in most cases. Larry's mother, for instance, has high hopes for her son; she wants him to use music to make his way north and to a better life.
Dwayne has a band called the Amazing Rumblers,...more
Oh well, so much more to read on my shelf.....
Although most of his books deal with adult concerns--marriage, aging, birth and death--Edgerton's work is most profoundly about family. In books such as Raney, Walking Across Egypt, The Floatplane Notebooks, and Killer Dill...more