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by Percival Everett

  • ISBN: 0571232450
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  • Author: Percival Everett
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (2008)
  • ePub book: 1583 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1124 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 996

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Percival Everett (born 1956) is an American writer and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California. Everett lives in Los Angeles, California. While completing his AM degree at Brown University, Everett wrote his first.

Percival Everett (born 1956) is an American writer and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California. While completing his AM degree at Brown University, Everett wrote his first novel, Suder (1983), about Craig Suder, a Seattle Mariners third baseman in major league slump, both on and off the field. Everett's second novel, Walk Me to the Distance (1985), features veteran David Larson after his return from Vietnam.

WOUNDED Also by Percival Everett Damned If I Do American Desert A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom . The One That Got Away.

WOUNDED Also by Percival Everett Damned If I Do American Desert A History of the African-American People (Proposed) by Strom Thurmond As Told to Percival Everett and James Kincaid. Publication of this volume is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota; and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Thelonious "Monk" Ellison's writing career has bottomed out: his latest manuscript has been rejected by seventeen publishers, which stings all the more because his previous novels have been "critically acclaimed. A new high point for a master novelist, an emotionally charged reckoning with art, marriage, and the past. Kevin Pace is working on a painting that he won't allow anyone to see: not his children; not his best friend, Richard; not even his wife, Linda.

227 p. : 21 cm. "A story inside a story inside a story. A man visits his aging father in a nursing home, where his father writes the novel he imagines his son would write. Or is it the novel that the son imagines his father would imagine, if he were to imagine the kind of novel the son would write? Let's simplify: a woman seeks an apprenticeship with a painter, claiming to be his long-lost daughter. A contractor-for-hire named Murphy can't distinguish between the two brothers who employ him. And in Murphy's troubled dreams, Nat Turner imagines the life of William Styron.

Percival Everett is a go. keep saying this, but this man knows how to write characters you can actually get behind. He writes real, flawed, loveable characters, and when they fuck up you know why, and it makes them even better. This is a great short book about a black cowboy, and horses, and love, and you should totally read it.

Percival L. Everett Wounded: A Novel.

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Percival Everett's Wounded asks the big questions about the individual's place in the world, says Jay Parini. With more than a dozen novels and several collections of short fiction under his belt, Percival Everett ranks among the most productive American writers of his generation. Although born in South Carolina, he has lived mostly in the west and has often set his work there, at least since God's Country (1994), a high-spirited parody of the traditional western novel. In his latest book, he has moved sharply away from parody. Wounded is dead serious, exploring issues of race and gender with an admirable restraint.

Books by Percival Everett: Wounded. 9, 10. Big Picture: Stories.

Comments

greatest greatest
Everett's portrayal of John Hunt, a black, Berkeley-educated rancher in Wyoming is, first of all, a good read. But it leaves me disappointed. His writing and dialogue are excellent, as is his timing. However, there is a problem in the basic premise that I can't overlook. Specifically, I can live with an educated black man being a rancher. I can live with the racial and sexual identity bias that appears. However, there is a jarring disconnect in that Hunt, when providing a haven for a gay son of a friend, professes ignorance about much of homosexuality. I believe that one so educated would be somewhat well educated about homosexuality. It's like the character is an artificial meld of 21st century values and old western shuttered beliefs. For me, the suspension of disbelief is a reach just a little too far.
Manarius Manarius
Great. Good story and even better storytelling...but not as stratospheric as his other outings. Just...great. Not absolutely fabulous as say...Erasure. Still...a must read. At his worst, Mr. Everett is better than just about anyone out there. And I can honestly say he does not and will not do "worst."
Conjukus Conjukus
First, the writing is so very very good. The writing is so good you are there in the action, living and breathing and walking with the characters. Plus, the characters are so interesting and well-formed -- so much so, that you don't even feel that they are characters -- they're real people. At least I wished they were and I wished I could go visit them. Right now. Mr. Everett is also tackling some tough subjects: an anti-gay hate crime and a prickly gay man; racism in Wyoming and the rest of America; disappointment and betrayal in marriage; cruelty towards animals. Big topics. And he treats them with sensitivity, respect, and intelligence.

I highly recommend this book.
Mildorah Mildorah
I was just blown away by "Erasure" which I still highly recommned. This book started out so well I was excited to see what this creative author would do with these materials: the cool black cowboy, the empathetic horse, the mysterious murder and the falsely accused ranch hand. Well, he just abandons them. After being introduced to Felony (the horse) and getting to understand that his spookiness is just an extraordinary sensitivity to the emotional state of his rider, we never hear another word about him. I think that is meant to be his eye on the cover. I was really disappointed that the horse was abandoned. Instead, this rancher, wrangler, supposedly experienced animal handler brings home a wounded coyote and they all sit around going goo goo over it. Then when they have to amputate its leg, they all go out an have a burial ceremony for the leg. Give me a break. These are ranchers? I was going to say that having the protagonist be a vegetarian was a bit of a false note, but then they go on and go about their soy sausages and artificial bacon. When they aren't talking about food, these Wyoming ranchers are fussing about how cold it is outside like a couple of hothouse plants. I could picture a rancher carrying a torch for his wife, but going by John Hunt's memories, this Susie was a particularly unpleasant person. His recalled conversations with her remind me of the comic strip, "Life in Hell." But right up until nearly the end, I was still willing to give this book the benefit of the doubt. "Erasure" was a tricky book and you couldn't see where it was going until the really neat way all the loose threads were gathered at the end. But after this painstaking and rather tedious courtship of Morgan, to have John Hunt overwhelmed by sexual feelings for the son of a college friend was just too much. You have got to respect the characters you have created. Forcing this character to behave this way essentially does erase him. He is too inconsistent to hold a shape. After that the plot falls into the very kind of clichéd representation of small town life that John Hunt was criticizing at the beginning of the book. Neo-nazi nutcases running around killing cattle and and threatening people. One thing that was consistent throughout the book was that John and Gus always tried to be decent people, even if to an urban author that meant being a vegetarian and rescuing doomed coyotes. Everett intended to show us that there are good guys, but even that is called in to question by the ending that was not so much bitter as sour.
HeonIc HeonIc
I was pleasantly surprised to discover a new author I like very much. The book I received was of good quality. The writing was original and compelling. A fascinating read.
Winenama Winenama
Everett, an African American, depicts an edenistic life for the protagonist John Hunt in Wyoming's high desert. John is not average cowboy in the frontier, and by the book's end he proves this fact many times over.

John, an Exeter-educated African American preppie, who studied art at UC Berkley, matured into a heterosexual vegetarian whose modern feelings for women and acceptance to homosexuality would make him hip in the city, but make him really hip in cowfolk country, works with large animals on his 1500 acre farm - in short, not the average cowboy of literature.

While John the widower gravitates to his beautiful female interest, Morgan, he befriends his college buddy's son, David, whose sexuality curses his father, especially when he condemns his son in humiliatingly public places. And, while this happens, things in John's Eden begin to rot. Hate crimes and physical abuse grows in John's haven. People begin to say things in "their groups" which contradict their persona. "I am like that three-legged coyote. . . I can't recognize my own tracks until I stop moving." John realizes that friends to his face may be enemies of his race when he does not stand in their vision.

Predominantly dialogue, this book is rich. Many pert witticisms remind me of Carl Hiaasen, Janet Evanovich, Jeff Lindsay and others of the 21st century best selling world. And like those authors, this is easy reading for beach, flight or other times of relaxation. And, like those authors, occasional conflicts include moments of violence and horror, more mature than most young teens may wish to encounter.

This book is full of humor. Including cornball fun. "She's tougher than a dairy cow steak." "I am as fine as a toad's hair." I love those metaphors. If more had been incorporated, I would have smiled a few more times, for sure.

This is a new author for me. And, as he writes prolifically, I intend to read more.