Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader
In the 1st, A Childhood, The Biography of a Place, Crews recounts his early years in Bacon Country Georgia, with a family a dirt-poor sharecroppers. Crews has a very gritty s...more
A Childhood is among my favorite works included in Classic Crews. A Childhood is a beautifully written biography of Harry Crews in pre World War Two rural Florida. Detail perfect down to his facination with the Sears catalogue and the picture perfect people featured therein. Crews writes "Nearly everybody I knew had something missing, a finger cut off, a toe split, an ear half-chewed away, an eye clouded with blindness from a g...more
"The Gypsy's Curse" is my least favorite here -- Crews at his most Palahniukian (even if it WAS before Palahniuk). It just keeps trying to outdo itself with the weirdness.
The essays "Fathers, Sons, Blood" and "Climbing the Tower" are two of the best essays I've ever read....more
Classic Crews collects three of his novellas with a couple of essays to provide an interesting introduction to his work. Not his best work, mind you, but not bad at all. The autobiographical "A Child...more
Crews writes clearly and honestly about the darkest of lives, and the tales he tells may not be beautiful, but they ring true. They make for some good reading, too, be you from the South, the Deep South, or Someplace Else. As the great-grand-daughter of sharecroppers, reading Harry Crews is like listening to the stories I grew up "just knowing." Crews "tells the South" like no one else, and as fierce as his stories are, h...more
This collection runs the gamut from an auto-biography of life growing up as a transient sharecropper in Georgia to fiction full of his trademark fucked up characters that somehow he mak...more
This is the second time I read this; I guess I first read it about 10 years ago.
-From the introduction
Crews served in the Korean War and, following the war, enrolled at the University of...more