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The Untidy Pilgrim

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This classic coming-of-age novel, winner of the Lippincott Fiction Prize for Young Novelists in 1954, is a deliberately comic portrayal of "Mobile madness," a malady specific to the Gulf Coast but recognizable by all.

Eugene Walter's first novel is about a young man from a small central Alabama town who goes south of the "salt line" to Mobile to work in a bank and study law
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 9th 2001 by University Alabama Press (first published October 1987)
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Jan 22, 2011 Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson rated it it was amazing
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Not many people know about Eugene Walter outside of the deep south and a few very literary people who have broad interests. The edition I have with this cover has a foreword by George Plimpton who knew Eugene in Paris when they started the Paris Review. I love this book and have given it as gifts many times to my erudite friends who've never heard of Eugene. I think this is one of the best southern novels. It reflects the deep Gulf Coastal south in a realistic way that few books do--of people ea ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Victoria rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic! I loved every minute of it! Walter has now become a favorite of mine by this book alone. The way everything in the story is weaved together to create the sometimes mystical and outlandish feel of Mobile, AL that few outside of this city very few know about, including myself before I moved here, having now experienced it for myself and am continuing that experience every day. It gets right to the heart of this beautiful town through the coming of age of a boy, soon to be man ...more
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I've just stumbled across this author/actor/chef from my home town. I'm anxious to take in some of his descriptive Southern Lit.
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“Summer in the deep South is not only a season, a climate, it's a dimension. Floating in it, one must be either proud or submerged.” 44 likes
“Down in Mobile, they’re all crazy, because the Gulf Coast is the kingdom of monkeys, the land of clowns, ghosts and musicians, and Mobile is sweet lunacy’s county seat.” 1 likes
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