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I, personally, liked the narration but a southern accent has never bothered me. The story IS about the regular people, the ordinary people, mostly uneducated, mostly poor--those people whom we could be except perhaps for an accident of birth.
You don't see many--any?--acts of extraordinary valor or integrity here, just the dark side mostly. This is not a book about heroes, it's a book about real life where there are very few heroes. I **love** the writing, that's why I reread it every few years. One would have to appreciate fine writing to enjoy this book. (Don't read it if you are depressed!)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A great collection of interrelated stories that leaves you hanging a bit at the end. My only criticism is the narrator's Forrest Gump like Southern accents and his mangling of words such as Yocona, Tunica, and Natchez. Larry Brown wouldn't have let that through.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I'm not sure why I read all the Larry Brown books as they are full of a feeling of trepidation, that something horrible is going to happen, and it usually does. However, the writing is great, in particular his novel "Fay", if you fancy giving that a try.
Brown makes you feel initial sympathy for his character working in the meat shop, but as the plot continues and the character takes more drastic measures to survive you have to question your feelings. A simple drug run goes wrong, a hilarious few encounters with a yip yip dog, a cheating wife and a troubled professor intertwine in this great book.