February 2008 Book of the Month

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February 2008 Book of the Month

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gen. 21, 2008, 7:32 pm

Harry Crews's The Gypsy's Curse has been suggested as the group's reading material for February 2008.

Feel free to add discussion here.

gen. 22, 2008, 12:41 pm

I couldn't find just The Gypsy's Curse for a reasonable price so I got Classic Crews; A Harry Crews Reader -- so here's hoping I like his work.

feb. 7, 2008, 9:38 pm

I hadn't read The Gypsy's Curse for a while so when I saw it was the book of the month I pulled it down and took a couple of days to read it again.

This has been one of my favorites for a long time and Harry Crews has remained my favorite writer since I was at least thirteen, despite constant battering from the competition. It's fun to pick up on some of the subtleties of plot and characterization that I probably missed before. I'll wait to discuss specifics, since people are proabably still reading the book.

feb. 9, 2008, 5:15 pm

I finished The Gypsy's Curse. My review is under Classic Crews, though I haven't finished the rest of the book yet, but I am intrigued enough to do so.

Weird little novella. Once again prudish me dislikes the N-word and the misogeny in these novels you boys are picking. But, I really did think this was funny. Crews almost reminds me of Stephen King. Seems like a strange comparison given it is not horror -- but something about that terribly mocking, lewd wit and the freakish atmosphere.

Anyway, I am still giggling over 'The Rose-Bud Special.' WTF! So my question for discussion is this -- Why did it matter to Marvin that Hester was only mouthing words for him to understand as opposed to giving voice to them?

feb. 9, 2008, 9:55 pm

Maybe Marvin felt she wasn't putting herself behind the words if she mouthed them - it was simply a charade for his benefit instead of true speech.

feb. 10, 2008, 10:37 am

I think you're right -- but at the same time, doesn't she also sign to him; and tap Morse to her parents? So what really constitutes 'true speech' to Marvin?

feb. 10, 2008, 9:33 pm

Probably whatever was honestly said, no matter what the medium. And the Baby Rose Bud special was pretty darn funny.

feb. 12, 2008, 10:04 pm

just looked in and i am so darn glad y'all are enjoying this pick. i rarely have laughed so hard as with harry's shennanigans.

feb. 13, 2008, 11:08 am

#8 - I really liked his memoir - Childhood: The Biography of a Place. Have you read it? It really would have helped to read it before Tobacco Road -- it was basically the story behind Caldwell's snark. Well-written, too.

feb. 24, 2008, 12:08 pm

it's the 24th and I'm going into the hospital for a little carving and won't be here the 28th to announce the winner.
JHowell wins hand down. Nothing approximating a review other than his (and mine) was given.
However, the glass is half full. We have enough participation for continuity of the theme, so it is JHowell's turn for March to recommend the book and the rest of us to try and wrest his reviewdom back! lol.
I like the way Dystopos formatted it as the winnah pick the next month's book. I think letting us go hog wild, excuse me, hawg wiled, would decimate any effectiveness this site could have in encouraging study of Deep South lit.
So go, JHowell. Get us started, please!

feb. 25, 2008, 11:18 am

Are y'all sure you want me to pick? -- #7 Hagelstein participated and wrote a review and he/she has never picked. Maybe we should give others a chance and then we might grow our little group.

Plus I am actually a woman and if you keep letting me pick I might do something crazy and start selecting romance novels ;)

Good luck with your surgery andy and if you still want me to pick when you come back I will; but I will gladly defer to a new comer.

març 2, 2008, 9:53 am

I cannot resist this: as to my surgery....everything came out all right. hee.

I didnt notice that, jhowell, but sure, let's let a newcomer go for it. God knows I would go postal if there was a romance novel picked. (DO YOU KNOW ME PERSONALLY, JHOWELL?) Hee.

Whatever. It's March, so somebody go.