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Edisto by Padgett Powell
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Aug 29, 2010

really liked it

another quick summer fiction. i love this novella-length book. padgett powell's writing style does not stop for you, it is rolling down hill right off the bat, you jump on and race along with it. i love how much he tests the limits of language, how he tells a story and creates an atmosphere with so many words and punctuation marks missing. the main character and narrator is a precocious rich white kid who hangs with black adults on the wrong side of the tracks...you get the feeling he is maybe in grade 5 but is constantly drinking beers down at the juke joint. the back calls "edisto" "Like 'Catcher in the Rye', but better" and i agree!
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