RARA-AVIS: Father and Son

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 07 Jul 2007

Finished this Larry Brown novel a few days back. It's a Southern Gothic novel set in Mississipi, so there's no getting around the Faulkner connection in the critique blurbs on the back cover.

A punk with a chip of his shoulder gets out of prison and looks to get even. It invokes the setting again and again and again.

It wasn't bad, but it seemed more like a movie than a novel. As far as authorial intention, I would compare it to Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, a novel that feels like it was written not as a reflection of the author's viewpoint but more as a parroting of what the author views as the critics' ideal.


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