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The Water Cure

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  123 ratings  ·  19 reviews
I am guilty not because of my actions, to which I freely admit, but for my accession, admission, confession that I
executed these actions with not only deliberation and
premeditation but with zeal and paroxysm and purpose . . .
The true answer to your question is shorter than the lie.
Did you? I did.
This is a confession of a victim turned villain. When Ishmael Kidd
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Graywolf Press
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Everett is slowly but surely becoming one of my favorite authors. All of his books require the reader to not lie back complacently while a story washes over them but to be invovled. To actually think about the story and what the author is trying to get across. This book is not for the linear plot line lover. Its all over the place. Its all about ideas of justice, fairness, revenge, national identity, racism, torture, etc, etc, and a lot of nonsense. He even sometimes throws in riddles, jokes, an ...more
Apr 03, 2008 jo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people disgusted with the bush adm. who are also lovers of experimental fiction
the writing of this book is fantastic. its cumulative effect is really stunning. by the end, you wish the book never ended. much love, soul, and beauty in this exploration of the ways our american identity -- collective and personal -- has been brutalized and become, in the process, itself brutal.
This hurts.
The books I like are esoteric. Realism’s predictable format can be a powerful vehicle which disappears and allows “the story” center stage, and I appreciate that if the subject and the writing are compelling. But I prefer the esoteric, and like stylistic innovation. For these reasons I’m beguiled by Everett’s quirkiness. He keeps stopping the plot to make intriguing forays into asides, discussing philosophers’ writings, spending paragraphs laying out his relation to these ideas, describing cons ...more
Carl Brush
I am guilty not because of my actions, to which I freely admit, but for my accession, admission, confession that I executed these actions with not only deliberation and premeditation but with zeal and paroxysm and purpose....The true answer to your question is shorter than the lie. Did you? I did.

These opening lines of The Water Cure by my recent discovery, Percival Everett (See WW Jan 19, 21, 23, 2012) presage what I guarantee, the most difficult novel about the rape/kidnap/murder of an eleve
Sep 24, 2009 Riah rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
This book started out with tons of potential, and then literally drowned itself in self-indulgence, diminishment of plot, and overall tedium. I was intrigued when it started -- linguistic play (love it!), multiple perspectives (love it), politically charged (enjoy it). But by the middle, there was no point except for the book to intentionally push the reader into thinking that the author was too smart, and too complicated to actually write something coherent for the reader to follow (absolutely ...more
There's probably a literary jargonette for the kinds of experimental prose Everett uses in The Water Cure, but I have no idea what that might be. It was disturbing the first few times I encountered it but after a time it grew on me. About a third of the way in it even started making sense.

He brings the tortured mind of a devastated parent into far too sharp focus and critically examines some of our society's closely held beliefs (finding many of them wanting).

I strongly recommend this book to an
The plot of “The Water Cure” by Percival Everett sounds simple enough: daughter gets raped and killed, father tortures killer for revenge. The book … well, it is not as easy as that.

"The Water Cure" is a very modern novel. Therefore, the reader gets various fragments thrown together: passages about the torture, jokes, greek philosophy, French, "Alice in Wonderland", pre-daughter’s-death and shortly-after moments, repetitions, pictures, imagined conversations with real people… There is a lot of p
Everett is a revelation to me, unsung but for the praise on the cover from Madison Smart Bell (an author I don't much care for). I came across his work somewhat by random, searching for another author in the library stacks, and the themes and his experimental style of many of his titles spoke to me.

While I wouldn't say he is as complex as a Pynchon or Foster Wallace, there is a depth and intelligence working here that is not present in much modern fiction (I can say that this particular title r
Kat Warrior
Jul 09, 2008 Kat Warrior rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kat Warrior by: Quetzal
If you're a fan of the traditional drama and tragedy format... do not read this book. If you're willing to throw everything you know about oder and sense out the window of a moving car, check this book out ASAP.

Just because the author is a successful English professor doesn't mean that he'll follow the rules. The story of the emotionally distraught Ishmael is presented in a unique and creative method that I've never read before.
May 31, 2008 Simon marked it as unfinished
I couldn't finish this. I like Everett's work very much, and I liked the way this book was written, the fragmentary nature and such. I really wanted to like it. But all the philosophy in it is, when you are a philosopher, just annoying. It isn't very good, as philosophy, and his 'deep questions' seem just silly or easily answered.
This book brought me into its world and held me there, whispering for weeks after i finished reading it.
Lewis Weinstein
I get the feeling Everett is writing more for himself than for the reader. I stopped reading.
Ishmael Kidder is an African-American romance novelist who lives in isolation on a mountain in New Mexico, in separation from his ex-wife Charlotte and 11 year old daughter Lane who live in L.A. Lane is brutally murdered, and the police locate the killer. Somehow Kidder kidnaps the suspect, who denies that he is guilty of the crime, and takes him back to his home, where he seeks his revenge by torturing him using "the water cure", or waterboarding, the technique reportedly used by the CIA to ext ...more
Waterboarding. Il prigioniero viene legato e sulla testa incappucciata si fa scorrere dell’acqua, provocando così la sensazione continua di annegamento. Una violenza che, per quanto dura ed “efficace”, non lascia segni evidenti di maltrattamento sul corpo e viene per questo preferita ad altre.
“La cura dell’acqua”, si riferisce proprio a questa terribile tortura. Ishmael Kidder, un padre sconvolto dalla perdita della figlia, una undicenne violentata e uccisa, decide di rapire il principale indizi
Sep 30, 2013 Jeff rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: real
The protagonist is Ishmael Kidder. His ex-wife is Charlotte. His daughter, Lane, is dead—raped, strangled, her body tossed naked into a ravine. Reggie is a sneezy smoke hound. A few days after Lane's death, the police apprehend him and extract traces of Lane's DNA from his forearm, where she'd bitten him during her struggle to stay alive. Despite the seemingly airtight case against him, though, and for reasons never elucidated, Reggie manages to escape justice. This development is, to Ishmael, u ...more
There are a few excellent paragraphs but you have to invest quite a bit of energy in some ridiculous messes to find them. Just not worth it in the end I'm afraid.
Sep 23, 2007 Rochelle marked it as to-read
Have not read yet. Anyone read it yet?. Looks great. Sometimes 10 books pile up before I read. I am like an addicted gambler BUT with books. I want a book buried with me and naturally one not read yet. Rochelle
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Percival L. Everett (born 1956) is an American writer and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

There might not be a more fertile mind in American fiction today than Everett’s. In 22 years, he has written 19 books, including a farcical Western, a savage satire of the publishing industry, a children’s story spoofing counting books, retellings of the Greek myths
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