Raney is such a wonderful little read. There isn't a whole lot to say about the first year of her marriage to Charles Sheppard except that from page tRaney is such a wonderful little read. There isn't a whole lot to say about the first year of her marriage to Charles Sheppard except that from page to page you'll be mad at one, then the other, then both at the same time. It's obvious the two love each other but coming from different backgrounds leads to a mess of problems that they can solve only on their own.
With Raney Edgerton established himself as a new and unique voice in the south over thirty years ago and today he is considered one of the titans of southern literature. His themes of marriage, point of view, religion, and prejudice play out over a quick 240 pages. I loved Raney and Charles and both of their families throughout and I'm sure you all will too.
It's not Faulkner, Melville, or McCarthy, but not all literature has to be so heavy. Raney tells a good story and gets it's message across without the overly dense nature of some "important" books. It's a great read and I'd certainly recommend it to anybody in search of a quick, enjoyable read. Even the Free Will Baptist....more
So LIGHTNING BUG by Donald Harington is one of those good ol' Southern novels that you feel like you've read 100 times before. He talks about the bullSo LIGHTNING BUG by Donald Harington is one of those good ol' Southern novels that you feel like you've read 100 times before. He talks about the bull frogs croaking and the whipperwhills moaning and he describes the smell of honeysuckle and fresh dew on a warm summer morning. We've all read this a million times and it's boring as hell.
Then something happens. The real meat of the novel starts and I realized I have this wonderful treat on my hand. It's like a cool popsicle on a hot August afternoon(sorry). This sweat, erotic, intensely political, and wholly innocent coming of age tale about an Ozark postmistress and her life long love affair/hatred for a traveling evangelist makes for one of the better reads I have had in quiet sometime.
LIGHTNING BUG is the story of Latha Bourne and Every Dill and their dysfunctional love that somehow stands the test of time. It's a story hope and redemption; pain and loss, and it's narrative-chocked full of intense prose and geographic dialect-weaves the reader on this wonderful tale like kudzoo overtaking a house(dead gum!).
In the end LIGHTNING BUG is not the greatest Southern novel. Harington was not concerning himself with the same issues found in Faulkner, Wolfe, or O'Connor. But what Harrington did with LIGHTNING BUG is craft a story that reminds what it's like to be an outsider and reminds us what it's like to be in love. And for that we as readers should be thankful we once had the talents of Donald Harington.
The theme will be of loss. Of loss and search, of losing and finding, of wanting. The cow wears the cowbell so she can be found; the distant dull thing-thang of the cowbell must now sound like a French horn, which sounds of loss and yearning and the always possible finding. The cow can be found. The cricket chirps, the tree frog peeps, the bullfrog croaks, to find, to search, to be found. In the finding-time, which is evening, night.
The lightning bug flashes to find, and finds by flashes and is found by flashes. But is lost until found. The flashing is of loss, and yearning....more