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Set in the border states of Kansas and Missouri, Woe to Live On explores the nature of lawlessness and violence, friendship and loyalty, through the eyes of young recruit Jake Roedel. Where he and his fellow First Kansas Irregulars go, no one is safe, no one can be neutral. Roedel grows up fast, experiencing a brutal parody of war without standards or mercy. But as friends fall and families flee, he questions his loyalties and becomes an outsider even to those who have become outlaws.

©2012 Daniel Woodrell (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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  • Chris
  • Winona, MO, United States
  • 12-06-13

Totally original and true voice of Southern MO

If you could sum up Woe to Live On in three words, what would they be?

Realistic, Gritty, Outstanding!

What other book might you compare Woe to Live On to and why?

Books by Edward Abbey, Jim Harrison and Cormac McCarthy. The characters and the language. Not so much the scenery or landscape discriptions.

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Daniel Woodrell is the only writer I have ever read who accurately uses the language of southern Missouri. Having grown up and presently living in a very small town in southeast MO myself (Eminence, MO about 50 miles from where the author resides) I am thrilled to read books written in the language of my home. I highly recommend all of Daniel Woodrell's books to anyone who is interested in peering thru a window into the modernday or historic Ozark hillbilly world.

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If I Had Shotgun, I'd Blow You Straight to Hell

I think it takes a fellow Missourah boy to capture the heart, spirit and anger that the bushwhackers from Missourah must have felt protecting their women, property and parents from the nasty redlegs coming out of Lawrence. I reckon it was the time those sissy jayhawkers pistol-whipped a young lady that the heroes from Missourah felt obliged to strike Lawrence properly leaving very few men standing and zero women hurt. The only thing good to come out of that god forsaken city since is world class social workers and some sports ball team that is just a distraction along with all the other sports ball tribes from the sad reality that the federalists continue to rape the earth, poison the planet and attack every country standing in her way of more oil or opium.

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A Different View Of The Civil War

If you could sum up Woe to Live On in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, Suspenseful, Unique

What other book might you compare Woe to Live On to and why?

Maybe Cold Mountain...

Which character – as performed by Bernard Setaro Clark – was your favorite?

All of them. He was great.

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This is not only a well-written tale, it's also action packed historical fiction. I loved it. I'd love to see a movie come out of it.<br/><br/>

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