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Canaan's Tongue

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  12 reviews
From the acclaimed and prizewinning author of The Right Hand of Sleep (“Brilliant…A truly arresting work”—The New York Times Book Review), an explosive allegorical no0vel set on the eve of the Civil War, about a gang of men hunted by both the Union and the Confederacy for dealing in stolen slaves.

Geburah Plantation, 1863: in a crumbling estate on the banks of the Mississip
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Knopf (first published May 24th 2005)
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Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a gothic and grotesque book about a gang of outlaws around the time of the U.S. civil war. It had many Faulkner-esque touches (multiple points of view, stream of consciousness, violent deaths), but far more accessible. The one down side was the kabala-like mysticism (not my cup of tea), but otherwise a great book.

As a side note, I picked this book up after reading another John Wray novel, "Lowboy" which was fantastic. This was an earlier novel and it's great to see each book getting be
Michael Lannan
Dec 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes cinematic suspenseful dark reads.
I picked this up because I read this guy's articles in the NY Times magazine and thought they were great. Turns out he not only knows all about post-modern metal bands but also writes shocking, dark, funny, brutal, amazing historical fiction. I am telling all my friends...
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Moloch by: Visto sul sito della casa editrice Gea Schirò
Libro scovato per caso sul sito della casa editrice Gea Schirò, acquistato d'impulso.

Lo credevo adatto a proseguire il filone western, ma mi sbagliavo, non siamo nel selvaggio West, bensì nel profondo Sud, però il periodo è pressappoco lo stesso: gli anni della Guerra civile americana. I protagonisti, che si alternano a raccontarci la vicenda quasi come se si contendessero un palcoscenico, fanno parte di una banda di fuorilegge dedita a una lucrosa attività che essi definiscono "il Commercio": i
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Adrian Young
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book kills it. Plain and simple.
Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Oi! Slave traders just before and during the Civil War. Not a lovely bunch of people, but can't put this book down. How does he get into their heads so well?
Oct 26, 2009 rated it liked it
You know how the movie From Dusk Till Dawn starts out as a criminals-on-the-run movie and then halfway through the movie, holy crap, it's about vampires? Yeah.
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought it was good - it took the complete read to know what the book was about. This is one I'd like to discuss in a group.
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Started out interesting, grew tiresome the more i read.
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John Wray is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, Godsend, The Lost Time Accidents, Lowboy, The Right Hand of Sleep and Canaan's Tongue. He was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists in 2007. The recipient of a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in Brooklyn and Mexico City.