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The Death of Sweet Mister - Daniel Woodrell
The Death of Sweet Mister
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Daniel Woodrell delivers his most powerful work to date in The Death of Sweet Mister. An overweight, lonely thirteen-year-old, Shuggie Akins is shrewdly observant. But not even he can fully comprehend the nature of the forces working against him. His distracted, frequently tipsy mother,... show more
Daniel Woodrell delivers his most powerful work to date in The Death of Sweet Mister. An overweight, lonely thirteen-year-old, Shuggie Akins is shrewdly observant. But not even he can fully comprehend the nature of the forces working against him. His distracted, frequently tipsy mother, Glenda, turns a blind eye to the effect her sexually provocative teasing has on him. His putative father, Red, a brutal man with a short fuse, mocks and despises the boy. The three tentatively coexist in a ramshackle house situated in a "boneyard" in a rough-hewn Ozark town. Then along comes Jimmy Vin Pearce with his shiny green T-bird and his smart city clothes. Soon he and Glenda are engaged in a torrid affair setting in motion a series of events that are violent, shocking, and totally unpredictable-yet irredeemably inevitable. Like Holden Caulfield and Huck Finn, Shuggie Akins tells his story of a reluctant descent into the world of adults in this unforgettable and ultimately moving novel. "Wonderful...noir at its darkest, and affecting, and utterly convincing." (The Washington Post Book World)
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780452283305 (0452283302)
Publisher: Plume
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
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blackguysdoread
blackguysdoread rated it
4.0 The Death of Sweet Mister
3.5 starsJust as in his novel Winter's Bone, in this book author Daniel Woodrell moves beyond usual "modern noir," and into something closer to rural tragedy set in his world of the Missouri Ozark mountains. This Oedipal tale is about the relationship between young "Shug" Akins and his mother Glenda...
Kwoomac
Kwoomac rated it
At first, I will admit, I was somewhat relieved to learn that Sweet Mister was a 13-year-old boy, and not a beloved pet,who was going to die. And poor Sweet Mister does die, but only figuratively.The reader watches as Sweet Mister moves from the (relative) innocence of his youth to his emergence as ...
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