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Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen
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Nov 16, 2009

really liked it
Recommended to Dan by: Mom
Recommended for: anyone who has ever vacationed on the Florida Coast.

Another very, very long book. A Faulkner-esque epic that tells the tale of the "Wild South." My grandfather's been living on the swampy Gulf Coast of Florida since I was born, but the homicidal, philandering outlaw Mr. Watson never seemed to show up poolside. The first book is a multi-narrator tour-de-force. Watson dies on the first page, then his neighbors piece his story back together in frightened memories. The second book is "Absalom, Absalom" crossed with a Western film as Watson's son searches for the truth about his father. The final book, told from Watson's own point of view should tie the book back together, but it drags as Watson plays the apologist for his own life. I would recommend it for anyone who has ever vacationed on the Florida Coast.

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