Edisto (Edisto #1)
A novel that has drawn comparisons with the work of J. D. Salinger, Truman Capote, and Flannery O’Connor, Edisto centers on one Simons Everson Manigault, a twelve-year-old possessed of a vocabulary and sophistication way beyond his years and a preadolescent bewilderment with the behavior of adults. These include his mother, who is known as the Duchess, and his enigmatic fa...more
But the Duchess has a ...more
The twelve year old hero has a grownup’s advanced vocabulary and child’s rudimentary thoughts clearly induced by the author himself.
“Between living and dying, she had made two mistakes. One was letting her daughter go to New York to be a singer, and the other was letting them t ...more
I would rather spend my reading time exper ...more
What seems inventive and fresh in snippets quickly becomes grating. Grating like that person behind you in the movie theatre eating malted milk balls one after another, chewing furiously. Grating like the woman in the cubicle next to you at work scratching her head with th ...more
A young boy grows up in his single mother’s beachside home in South Carolina. She works all day as a professor so ...more
This character is a near perfect creation even though Simons is twelve and has a bigger vocabulary than Ernest Hemingway. Powell's writing inspires trust and the reader doesn't question that this boy talks this way. His mother, the Doctor, wants Simons to be a great literary star. He's supposed to be writing a novel at her request. His mother drinks at home while his father, the Progenitor, has left after a disagreement with the Doctor over how to raise Simons. Soon, a surrogate takes his place ...more
(After rereading, 1/31)
The writing is still as lovely as the first time I ...more
Just a fun read.
And, I'm not sure if this counts as a spoiler, since it doesn't give away any of the plot, but here is a culmination of sorts.
"I was, I am - I have to admit, that because my life is cloyed by practical plans and attainable hopes - I am white. Best thing to do, I figure, is to get on with it. [...] I had one of these whi ...more
Depending on how much you want to analyze it, it can be a simple summer read about a boy and his learning about the world, or a complex study of how adults mess up their kids. The style of the narrative never particularly grabbed me, though from other reviews, it seems others really liked it.
I'd say, go a ...more
Having been introduced to Mr. Powell's via his work The Interrogative Mood: A Novel?, I have to admit ...more
The narrator is a twelve year old white boy named Simons. He lives with his mother, who surrounds him with literature and wants him to be a writer, and has an absent father. He is very bright and has an incredible vocabulary.He meets a mixed race man named Taurus, and is then immersed in the ...more
The tone is different, but this one feels - to these eyes - more than a little like Ed McClanahan's great "The Natural Man." Similar protagonists - lost in youth, pretty certain to find their w ...more
American perspective is the main issue for Powell. How can an artist consider one's self so without exposure to the disparate cultures in America? It seems that, for me at least, that any literature t ...more
Living on Hilton Head Island, not far from Edisto, I was eager to read this book. Would it have a Lowcountry flavor? Lowcountry characters? Could the story be told through the voice of a young boy? Oh my yes!
simons everson manigault, "a rare one-m simons", a kind of updated huck finn and all the characters in his life..."life is a time when you get pleasure until somebody get your ass. and one of the ways to prolong pleasure is to not chop up time with syllables." the boys at the baby grand...maybe kidd rock re ...more