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Killing Mr. Watson

Series: Shadow Country Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
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When Peter Matthiessen was 17, he was told the story of Edgar J. Watson, a popular and successful planter who had been murdered by his neighbors in 1910. This novel is Matthiessen’s attempt to piece together the life of a mysterious man who became a legend, and the dangerous legend that destroyed him.

During the Reconstruction Era, Edgar Watson grew up in the South at the mercy of a brutal alcoholic father and a vindictive mother. Witnessing the horrors of slavery, bilked out of his inheritance, and blamed in his youth for a murder he didn't commit, E.J. developed a reputation for violence that preceded him everywhere he went.

Finally, it brought him to a tragic and bloody end as his family watched in helpless horror. Borrowing an old local tale about a man who was killed by his neighbors, Matthiessen creates a powerful character. George Guidall's excellent reading brings this moving tragedy home to us with a passion.

©1990 Peter Matthiessen (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC

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Fascinating history lesson

The story is relayed from many points of view. I had some difficulty tracking the perspective change from time to time, but when I listened back it was clear.
Performance of the various characters was excellent. Recommend listening.

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Excellent

Wonderful book with great historical information on old Florida and the pioneers who scratched out a living

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One of my favorite books I've ever read.

One of my favorite books I've ever read. Tragic and captivating. Loved it.

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