Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen
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2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER

Peter Matthiessen’s great American epic–Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River, and Bone by Bone–was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books. In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen has cut nearly a third of the overall text and collapsed the time frame while deepening the insights and motivations of his characters with brilliant rewriting throughout. In Shadow Country, he has marvelously distilled a monumental work, realizing his original vision.

 

About Peter Matthiessen

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Peter Matthiessen has written eight novels, including At Play in the Fields of the Lord (nominated for the National Book Award) and Far Tortuga, and also a book of short stories, On the River Styx. His parallel career as a naturalist and environmental activist has produced numerous acclaimed works of nonfiction, most of them serialized in The New Yorker; these include The Tree Where Man Was Born (another National Book Award nominee) and The Snow Leopard (a National Book Award winner). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1974.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published August 19, 2008 by Modern Library. 912 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Among the nominees for this year’s National Book Award in fiction is a book that some have complained is not exactly new: Peter Matthiessen’s “Shadow Country.”

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The New York Times

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Peter Matthiessen revisits his fictionalized account of the brutal plantation owner Edgar J. Watson.

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Publishers Weekly

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Combining three novels in one, the book follows Watson from his early years to his bloody demise, as recounted by his family and friends.

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The Independent

For some writers, their own works are, once finished, literally closed books.

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The Bookbag

Matthiessen cleverly gives us Watson's angle of the stories told in Book I.

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Open Letters Monthly

Shadow Country was originally published as three separate novels during the 1990s—Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River, and Bone by Bone—but the whole comprised by the trilogy dissatisfied Matthiessen: in the Author’s Note he writes, for instance, that the second book reminded him “not agreeab...

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The novel then cycles back to tell Watson's story in the voices of a dozen men and women who knew him (and watched him -- or helped him -- get shot) in riffs that feel as natural as if they were told across a porch as darkness falls.

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Historical Novel Society

The author tells me so in the foreword, culminating in the strange assertion that the book has no message, immediately followed by a diatribe about how it exposes the evils of: inherent racism;

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Bookmarks Magazine

Barbara Lloyd McMichael NY Times Book Review 2.5 of 5 Stars "With its historical and legendary uncertainties, this first book is a deeper South Absalom, Absalom!, possibly even an homage.

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Fiction Writers Review

Interviewer Bret Anthony Johnston asked the author what the “engine” behind his novel was: Blog (339) Anne Stameshkin (299) Celeste Ng (263) writers on writing (255) novel (217) Review (176) short stories (171) debut novel (153) Book of the Week (149) craft (133) Lee Tho...

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