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The Wettest County in the World by Matt Bondurant
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May 01, 2010

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Read from April 27 to May 01, 2010

I picked this novel up in an airport bookshop where it was being heavily promoted and it was alright. It got me through a 4 hour flight. But it wasn't anything great.

The novel tells two stories in parallel, the story of the 3 brothers told from the point of view of the youngest brother (and sometimes the oldest, particularly when he's drunk), and the story of a writer named Sherwood Anderson who came to cover a trial that involved the brothers. But it points to the weakness of the story line that I'm not quite sure what the trial was about. There were many crimes committed in and around the lives of the 3 brothers, a great deal of violence. The author works his way in and around all this, the guns and the fast cars and the moonshine and the women who loved them, but he really seems more interested in the relationship between the 3 brothers and the difference in their philosophy and approaches to life. It's a character study with a lot of action happening around the edges that the author doesn't focus on, so the narrative isn't linear and leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
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