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A Short History of a Small Place (1985)

de T.R. Pearson

Sèrie: Neely (1)

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"Pearson's is a different and distinctive voice and a most welcome one. In this novel his talent shows sparks of genius." THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Young Louis Benfield tells the story of his tiny little North Carolina town. There is the looniness of his family, the town of characters, the charm and naviete that gives us a world unknown, and stories that deserve to be told about how it is to grow up a certain kind of way, and to suddenly discover there's a world beyond your own that calls to you....… (més)
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This novel about life in a fictional North Carolina town certainly has its funny parts. But its humor is tamped down by the writing style, which makes the novel rather painful to read. Narrated by a young boy as if he were relating gossip heard third-hand, so that every sentence starts with “so-and-so said” and rambles on interminably without a breath, the book quickly becomes tiresome. It doesn’t help that events jump around in time without much context so that the reader quickly loses track of what is happening when. And when we finally get to the end, we realize that, although funny, it was a rather inconsequential story at that. ( )
  sturlington | Jun 14, 2011 |
When I chose this book I think I had in mind that it might be a kind of Southern "Gilead", or even a bit like one of Barbara Kingsolver's books which is set in America. Or maybe a softer, less violent version of a Pat Conroy novel. It's not. None of these, and not appealing to me at all. Wikipedia says " His writing captures a uniquely Southern social order, outlook, and voice...". Well, maybe. Perhaps that means I am convinced that the South is not where I am, nor would wish to be. The writing didn't seem to engage me at all, and I gave up well before Nancy Pearl would advise me to. ( )
  oldblack | Mar 14, 2011 |
This is one of the funniest books I have ever read, and it is largely because Pearson always uses the funniest and most unexpected words and phrasing. It is a book that begs to be read aloud. An odd book, it is not so much a novel as a series of episodic stories about the eccentric people who lived in the fictional town of Neely, NC in the 60s and 70s. Some of these tales may go on for 50 pages, but actually have nothing to do with the overall plot. But it all comes together beautifully. It is told in the first person, from Louis Benfield, and is telling about his childhood, often relating second hand what he heard adults say. If you like a funny novel, don't miss this one. ( )
  fingerpost | Oct 18, 2009 |
Like Faulkner on laughing gas... needs to read outloud by a true Southen voice...
1 vota annelk | Jul 4, 2009 |
Great writing, really dense, beautiful prose, plus it is oddly funny AND there is a monkey named Mr. Britches who is a main character. ( )
  miriamparker | Mar 19, 2009 |
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"Pearson's is a different and distinctive voice and a most welcome one. In this novel his talent shows sparks of genius." THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Young Louis Benfield tells the story of his tiny little North Carolina town. There is the looniness of his family, the town of characters, the charm and naviete that gives us a world unknown, and stories that deserve to be told about how it is to grow up a certain kind of way, and to suddenly discover there's a world beyond your own that calls to you....

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