The novel focuses on two Vietnam veterans in the VA hospital two decades after the war has ended. Braiden, a black quadraplegic, has spent this entire time in the hospital and his imagination is his ...more
This is one of those novels that gets you at the end in a way you don't expect.
Maybe because the dialogue moves so fast but sinks in Mississippi slow and languid right up until that knife blow: Matt Monroe'd one inch from the heart and left hurting for these characters.
Not just the war-torn ones but the others as well all wanting to come home from so ...more
The tragic tale of two American vets who have both been scarred emotionally and physically, Dirty Work is brutally honest, yet beautifully written. At the end of the edition I read, there is an interview with Brown, who has since passed away. He is speaking to some of his critics, and I think the excerpt below su ...more
For background music I recommend the song Over Jordan by Papa M.
Larry Brown explained during a talk given at the Fifth Biennial Conference on Southern Literature, "One of the questions about human nature that interests me most is how people bear up under monstrous calamity..."
Here he writes with gut wrenching tenderness about broken bodies and how gaps of loneliness are cauterized with fantasy, faith, beer, weed, and fellow broken travelers marching down the road to eternity.
Over arching is a va ...more
From my perspective, a soldier that comes home ...more
Larry Brown has a way with his writing that takes you right under the skin of his characters. They are so vivid and believable. Dirty Work's two main protagonists are both physically and mentally scarred Vietnam veterans who share adjoining beds in a VA hospital 22 years after their war. Both Mississippians, limbless Braiden is black and faceless Walter is white. Both are from poor and troubled backgrounds. They find rare so ...more
That said, this is an ...more
Dirty Work is the story of two men, strangers—one white, the other black. Both were born and raised in Mississippi. Both fought in Vietnam. Both were gravely wounded. Now, twenty-two years later, the two men lie in adjacent beds in a VA hospital.Over the course of a day and a night, Walter James and Braiden Chaney talk of memories, of passions, of fate.
With great vision, humor, and courage, Brown writes mostly about love in a story about the waste of war.From Publishers Weekly
As the chapters unfurl we learn of Braiden and Walter’s pasts, including the most o ...more
I've no idea if 'Dirty Work' is the best place to start or how it compares to the rest of his novels but I really enjoyed it. It tells the story of two Vietnam vets who share a VA hospital ward over the course of a day and a night. Braidan is black and has lost b ...more
Okay, I bumped this up to four ...more
I struggle actually with my rating on this novel. My true feelings lie ...more
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Larry Brown was an American writer who was born and lived in Oxford, Mississippi. Brown wrote fiction and nonfiction. He graduated from high school in Oxford but did not go to college. Many years later, he took a creative writing class from the Mississippi novelist Ellen Dou ...more