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A Savage Wisdom

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This novel is an imaginative reconstruction of the life of the only woman executed in Louisiana's electric chair.

"Here is a powerful, page-turning account of crime and punishment, told in terms of the literary tradition of true crime stories that includes Capote’s In Cold Blood and Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song. Norman German has created a worthy companion to and version
Paperback, 263 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Thunder Rain Publishing (first published April 30th 2008)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
A riveting read, full of evocative imagery and shocking secrets. Fine pacing and narrative flow make this one hard to put down.

I loved the liberal use of historical details throughout the story. I was especially captivated by the depiction of 1930s New Orleans. The architecture, food, music, dance, clothing, slang, and street people of the era are all brought to life. And the seamier side of the city is there as well, with the burlesque shows and illegal doings and well-known shady characters. D
John Bardwell
Nov 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody
Recommended to John by: My professor
John Bardwell
English 255
10,November 20009
Interesting Because It’s True
Fiction novels based on a true story usually catch the attention of readers more so than a nonfiction novel. A Savage Wisdom by Norman German is not only a novel; it is part of history that was twisted to give the novel a more desired meaning. He took the story of Annie Beatrice McQuiston, a true story, the first woman in Louisiana’s electric chair and gave it an imaginative reconstruction. The novel is interesting; it
Brooke Rhodes
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Brooke Rhodes
Suspense at it’s Best
In the novel, A Savage Wisdom, Norman German creates a fictional and suspenseful story of a small town girl, Toni Jo Henry, who is deceived and hurt by a man named Harold Nevers. Toni Jo meets Harold and moves to New Orleans with him. During her time with Harold in New Orleans, she discovers that he is not who he claims to be. He tells her many lies, has her go on dates with men for money, and sells pictures of her posing seductively without her consent. Toni J
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though I saw the results of Toni Jo's seduction in the opening scene of the novel, I couldn't help hoping as I read that she would make different choices. As with any good work of historical fiction, A Savage Wisdom makes you want to learn more about the characters involved and their lives beyond the page.
Iva Grimes
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a study in deception. A young, beautiful girl falls for a man who will take her on a wonderful and horrible journey. Set in the 1930s/40s, it is an amazing re-creation of life in New Orleans and the area.
Based on the life of Toni Jo Henry, the only woman executed in Louisiana's traveling electric chair.
Tara Chevrestt
WAY too drawn out and too much stuff I don't care about. It began to lose me during Harold's monologue about the revival and all that. Continued to lose my interest as it carried on. He had too many stories and opinions and I didn't like the man.

Curious as to how this could be such a different take from the movie, The Pardon.
Dec 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction
Very interesting, a murderer has been made to have a human side to her.
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Discount 1 6 Nov 17, 2009 09:12PM  
Dr. German has degrees in history, pre-law, philosophy, and English from McNeese State, the University of Texas, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has taught at Lamar University, Northwestern State in Natchitoches, and, for twenty-one years, Southeastern Louisiana University.

He claims to have attended UT on a Vampire Scholarship, selling two pints of plasma per week in order to buy