Shadow Country

Shadow Country

A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

Book - 2008
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Inspired by a near-mythic event of the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the twentieth century, Shadow Country reimagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E.J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2008
Edition: Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780679640196
0679640193
Branch Call Number: FICTION MATTHIESS
Characteristics: xvi, 892 pages : map ; 21 cm

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clarehowell
Sep 12, 2017

At least The Great Southern Novel, may be The Great American Novel. I say this as a southerner steeped in Mr. Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Harry Crews, Barry Hannah, et al. A history of the south from the end of the Civil War to the Great Depression, through the life of Edgar Watson. And the irony is that it's written by a New Yorker.

It is not a cosy read, and will challenge every reader with the harsh reality of our complicated past. From no other story or history I've read has the oppressive nature and persistence of racism been so effectively, stunningly portrayed. This tale will never leave you.

faigir Oct 04, 2014

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Mybooksmusic
Jul 18, 2014

A great book. Very descriptive language. A great insight into the customs and attitudes of the time period.

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GrumpyDave
Nov 18, 2010

2008 National Book Award - Fiction

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