I still contend that Dale Peck is the best writer working in this century, although he's taken a turn from his fiction and writes primarily essays and reviews for a number of magazines.
This was probably his most universally appealing novel that no one has read, the stories and slow reveals as divulged by various townspeople surrounding the rape of a young woman. Like peeling an avocado, each chapter lays bare the secrets and frailities of the town, its sister city on the other side of the tracks I still contend that Dale Peck is the best writer working in this century, although he's taken a turn from his fiction and writes primarily essays and reviews for a number of magazines.
Like peeling an avocado, each chapter lays bare the secrets and frailities of the town, its sister city on the other side of the tracks and the citizens.
Although there were elements of this book I really didn't like, there was so much, much more that I loved. Wonderful characterisation, raw emotion, unusual storytelling and different perspectives. There were some questions left unanswered at the end, but also some that had initially seemed important, but became irrelevent.
I think that this is a book that improves even more on second and third reads. View 1 comment. May 11, Beth Arrowsmith Herbert rated it it was ok. Struggled with this one, I know I probably didn't get the most from this book as I could tell there was a lot of deep meaning within it but I found it fairly hard going and not an enjoyable read, but then with the subject matter that was probably to be expected.
Nothing else like it in the world. Sep 25, Julie rated it it was ok. Dale Peck is clearly a talented writer and storyteller. As an aspiring writer myself, I can certainly appreciate the deft with which this novel painted a strikingly vivid portrait of two remote, racially divided, fictional Kansas towns, through the alternating first-person accounts of their various inhabitants. And yet, I can't say I enjoyed reading this book.
The two towns where the story takes place both seem t Dale Peck is clearly a talented writer and storyteller. The two towns where the story takes place both seem to be covered in a thick layer of grime and filth that pervades the entire novel. Many of the descriptions of events that take place during the story, and the people to whom they happen, are aggressively grotesque. The characters are almost universally unlikeable.
Many of the passages in the novel are meandering and overly florid, such that I found my eyes glazing over multiple times, while reading. The novel's ending, while wholly appropriate and fitting for the story being told, was so disturbing to me, that it left me feeling physically nauseous, and in desperate need of a shower.
Then again, I suspect that some of my strong reaction to this novel was precisely the author's intention. So, while I commend the author for drafting an ambitious and memorable tale, I can't say I would recommend this book, due to the negative effect it had on me personally. Sep 23, Haeyoon rated it liked it. For many years after I read this book I thought I had made it up. I couldn't remember the title or the author or even what it looked like.
Now that I've found it again I see if everywhere I go. It is exactly what it's billed as, a dark gay southern Gothic. There's a mystery at the heart of it and I remember a deception of the reader in regards to the two main characters, but not a lot else.
The book itself is written very lushly, with great attention to detail and characters. I found myself less For many years after I read this book I thought I had made it up. I found myself less interested in the plot and more interested in inhabiting the world for a short while. It's a bit dark to be a beach book but just about right for a park bench.
There isn't anything incredibly remarkable about it but I enjoyed it and the tone is relatively unique, especially in the gay genre.
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