Breaking new ground while carrying on the rich tradition of Southern literature, The Rabbit Factory is an ambitious and surprising narrative that never fails to entertain as it contemplates the human quest for meaning and fulfillment. Truly, this is Larry Brown at his most extraordinary best. Veteran narrator Tom Stechschulte flawlessly handles the characters' accents while creating distinct personalities for each.
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"Grimly realistic, tragic-absurd and raunchy, Brown's latest novel returns to his deep South fictional territory and to the characters that he portrays so well." (Publishers Weekly)
"Will not only please his fans but also win him new ones....One hysterical scene is followed by another, all of them underlain with the philosophy that you gotta do what you gotta do to be able to do what you wanna do." (Booklist)
"The truth of the matter is that Brown is one of the best writers we have, able in a sentence or two to cut to the heart of things." (Washington Post)
I, personally, liked the narration but a southern accent has never bothered me. The story IS about the regular people, the ordinary people, mostly uneducated, mostly poor--those people whom we could be except perhaps for an accident of birth.
You don't see many--any?--acts of extraordinary valor or integrity here, just the dark side mostly. This is not a book about heroes, it's a book about real life where there are very few heroes. I **love** the writing, that's why I reread it every few years. One would have to appreciate fine writing to enjoy this book. (Don't read it if you are depressed!)
A great collection of interrelated stories that leaves you hanging a bit at the end. My only criticism is the narrator's Forrest Gump like Southern accents and his mangling of words such as Yocona, Tunica, and Natchez. Larry Brown wouldn't have let that through.
this book is based on lowlifes of the south, tries to come up with a semblance of redemption, although the characters were well developed the characters and the plots just falls apart at the end,
The author could not pull it together kinda "Stephen Kingish", the author is very wordy through out the book and I kept wondering what is gonna happen next based on this. The narrator was "forest Gump"ish, which would imply there is an attempt at humour, it did not work, it was also like the narrator knew he could not take this audition seriously. the whole novel seems fixated on drinking and weed, It been my experience that people who drink a lot and smoke a lot of weed., talk alot about drinking and smoking weed, I mean c'mon every body was drinking acohol and doing "weed", I really could not beleive I wasted all this time on this book. and what is up with the dogs, and Merlot? (even a character named after a wine, c'mon) this writer had too much going on what happen to the other chacracters, other than the three at the end. was a tape forgotten or something? or maybe the author was having a drink and smoking a joint? thats exactly what it sounded like.
I actually liked the stories about the different people and it was clever how he went back and forth between the stories. It's true the "Forest Gump" accent was annoying, but what was really irratating was there was no closure to any of the stories. If it had just had a prolog or something. I don't think I've ever seen such an abrupt ending of a book before.
I was ashamed to have listened to The Rabbit Factory all the way through in the hopes it would improve. It only got worse. Do not waste a second of your time on it. The book concerns the interrelationships among several Southern lowlifes, none of whom is the least interesting, funny or even raunchy as advertised. Most characters are violent, drunk, stoned or repugnant in some way. Larry Brown must have written something good sometime in order to get an agent and publisher for this dreck, but this is not it.
I'm not sure why I read all the Larry Brown books as they are full of a feeling of trepidation, that something horrible is going to happen, and it usually does. However, the writing is great, in particular his novel "Fay", if you fancy giving that a try.
Brown makes you feel initial sympathy for his character working in the meat shop, but as the plot continues and the character takes more drastic measures to survive you have to question your feelings. A simple drug run goes wrong, a hilarious few encounters with a yip yip dog, a cheating wife and a troubled professor intertwine in this great book.
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