She approaches the river that snakes far below him, sets up a video camera, and walks in to the rushing water, never to reappear. Startled by what he's witnessed and his inability to prevent it, Benny hurries down the tower to the scene of her death. He gathers up her belongings, and doesn't tell a soul about what he saw. Instead, he visits the address on a business card in the drowned girl's bag. He insinuates himself into a life she once lived. Meanwhile, the secret he carries threatens to destroy him.
©2004 Steven Sherrill; (P)2004 HighBridge Company
"[An] immaculately written, perversely comic novel....Mesmerizing and disturbing." (Booklist)
"[A] funny, bleak and poetic novel....Sherrill paints a wryly humorous, bawdy, scatological panorama of Southern culture....More than that, his limpid, naturalistic prose, woven with symbolic structure and philosophical insinuation, conveys a subtly convincing sense of the enervating voyeurism of modern life." (Publishers Weekly)
I liked this book. While the protaganist (Benny) is weak minded, sadomasochistic and basically a loser, the story is somehow interesting. Benny can't face reality, is unfaithful to himself and all of those around him. Yet he is not an evil person...we all have bits and pieces of him in ourselves, I think. The story makes you look a little at yourself, and this is not a bad thing (unless you can't handle it). The speaker, by the way, is excellent. A recommended read.
A magnificent book. The language is beautifully rich. The author does a wonderful thing, he describes the world of a simple person in a refreshingly intricate way.
Listening is bliss.
It is an interesting read, I would recommend with warnings however.
I loved Minotaur 'The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break', this book falls a little short in comparison. And seems to take place in the same town, or one very much like it, they do abound far out from the cities.
I'll be looking for more of his readings, so yes.
This may be one of the downfalls of this story, no one I'd like to go to dinner with here, this does not mean that there were no likeable characters, just people you would rather keep as acquaintances. Jeeter has an interesting place and could be worth a visit, if I had a friend that took me by, that is.
This book was a painstacking adventure to listen too! The characters are something out of backwoods USA. The city and characters are unbelievably sick minded. The whole book is in search of finding out who the dead girl is and what she is all about. When we find out, it is anticlimatic and expected. Sorry for the negative words, but I found this book a waste of time.
My entire book club hated this book. The characters are discusting and the story is even worse. However, we agreed that the narrator did a very good job and the author wrote well. Too bad the talent was wasted on such a terrible tale.
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