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Father and Son by Larry Brown
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Jan 23, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: southern-grit
Read in June, 2003

(written 6-03)

Wow. Larry Brown is a master craftsman - I like him even better in the novel form than in short stories. he gives you just the right hints, keeps you just enough in the dark to stay interested, reveals past events not through narrative but through natural speech, like it would actually happen. The southern slang dialogue is perfect. Glen's five days home after he gets out of prison are awful. He murders, rapes, gets drunk and wrecks his car, neglects his son, he's bad news. Refreshing to have a main character you love to hate. Bobby, the sheriff, is the perfect foil. I love the way Larry Brown writes, but I would like to see him write some different subject matter. It's all beer, whiskey, cigarettes, women, pickup trucks, tragedy and hopelessness. Maybe that's just his world. It's depressing in a way and comfortable in another. Great novel.
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message 1: by Steve (last edited Apr 05, 2009 02:24AM) (new)

Steve I'm thinking about rereading this one. I agree with you regarding the dialogue, which is some of the best I've read in modern Southern Lit. It reminds me a bit of the dialogue I hear in southwest Virginia. Anyway, a great read, and to date the only time in fiction I've ever run across a crucified monkey (I'm thinking he deserved it). It's like a badass song from Johnny Cash. I'm a big fan of Fay as well. I was sorry to see that Brown passed away.

* I really like your Southern Grit shelf. If you haven't already read him, try Daniel Woodrell (Death of Sweet Mister, and Winter's Bone).


Rachel Thanks! I will check out Woodrell.


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