Edisto by Padgett. Powell
A Novel (FSG Classics)

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Edisto is a novel, both as a narrative and in its extraordinary use of language. A startling book, full of new sights, sounds and ways of feeling. The story weaves wonderful tapestries from ordinary speech; his people, black and white whether speaking to each other or past each other, tell us things that we never heard before.

About Padgett. Powell

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Padgett Powell has received the Prix de Rome of the American Academy of Arts & Letters, a Whiting Writer's Award, & a nomination for the National Book Award for his first novel, "Edisto." He resides in Gainesville, Florida.
Published January 1, 1984 by Secker & Warburg. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Fiction

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After a desultory period spent fish brokering in Texas, Simons catches up with his mother's old lover, Taurus, now a game warden in Louisiana, who shows him what ``lies at the absolute end of the road of dalliance.'' A night with two obese nurses also demonstrates ``the nadir of sexual opportunit...

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The Independent

Serpent’s Tail £7.99 Striving for The Great American Novel, to comic effect First out in the US in 1984, Padgett Powell’s delightful debut was finally published in the UK this year.

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The Kenyon Review

.” A 2010 interview by Michael Kimball of The Faster Times reveals how much of Powell is invested in his narrators: Kimball: Are you, Padgett Powell, also the narrator of The Interrogative Mood or is the narrator a fictional creation separate from you (or is the narrator maybe a fictional Padg...

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The Bookbag

It's not a voice that's completely easy to read – for one you never get told exactly when this is set – but give it time and patience to warm to the syntax and approach of Powell and Simons working as a fully combined double act, and this is an interesting read.

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