The Lost Country

Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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The Lost Country centers on Edgewater, who's recently been discharged from the navy, and a one-armed con man named Roosterfish who takes him under his wing as they both search desperately for a forgotten past and a future that may never come. The Lost Country cements Gay as one of the strongest voices in Southern literature, alongside Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O'Connor, and William Faulkner.

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If you like poetic and gritty Southern Gothic-

William Gay's grim menagerie of the Southern Gothic, finished shortly before his death, has finally been pieced together from manuscripts, and it's wonderful. He has channeled the desperation of Carson McCullers, the characterization of Flannery O'Connor, and the language of Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner. That may seem like hyperbole, but it's not. He was that good. Even fans of European Weird fiction could appreciate this 'purple' writing. The only reason this book doesn't rate higher is perhaps due to the posthumous editing, as it gets unfocused in its episodic nature, and some of its overuse of simile needed to be reined in. The man was a master of creating metaphor, but there needed to be restraint on a few occasions. Finally, I had felt in previous novels that Gay was trying too hard to imitate McCarthy and Faulkner, but this novel shows that Gay, in the twilight of his career, could distinctly equal them.
-T. Ryder Smith did a phenomenal job performing this book, and he took great care in breathing personalities and idiosyncrasies into every (forlorn) character.

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Perfect southern gothic novel

one of the best American novels I've read. it has some structural problems due to the fact it was composed from notes and manuscripts left by author in the wake of his death in 2012 (sometimes characters simply drop out of the story to reappear much later or to be replaced by different characters with the same characteristics; original purpose of Edgewater's journey becomes all but forgotten) , but the writing is so beautiful and the atmosphere is so dense that I can't help but recommend this book.
if you like William Faulkner, Taylor Sheridan, Nic Pizzolatto and Cormack McCarthy it is worth your time and money

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Base story written with high-falutin’ words

Not much of a real story here, so the author tried to fill that void with a barrel full of multi-syllabic words that were likely plucked untimely from Roget’s Thesaurus.