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Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend | [Peter Matthiessen]

Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines 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.
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Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Fiction, 2008

Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines 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.

Shadow Country transverses strange landscapes inhabited by Americans of every provenance and color, including the black and Indian inheritors of archaic racism that "still casts its shadow over the nation."

©2008 Peter Matthiessen; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"[G]ripping, shocking, and brilliantly told....as powerful a reading experience as nearly any in our literature." (New York Review of Books)
"Magnificent and capacious....the book took my sleeve and like the ancient mariner would not let go....a breathtaking saga." (Los Angeles Times)
"[Watson] comes across as nothing short of iconic....it's difficult to find another figure in American literature so thoroughly and convincingly portrayed." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sorry Audible, couldn't make it through this one. Not only did it drag on, but the audio quailty wasn't great, so I kept having to turn the volume up and down depending on who was speaking making it difficult to listen to. I would recommend skipping it.

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    OMG! I was looking forward to listening to this book driving back and forth to work but after the first two hours I had NO clue what was going on. I thought maybe if I started over it would be easier to understand but I got to the same spot again and decided I really couldn't listen any longer. Avoid this book like the plague!

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