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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction Ed edition (1 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684842483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684842486
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun 1998
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I somehow remembered an old lit. teacher mentioning the name "Harry Crews" in a class once before he read bits from an old interview out loud. I remember snickering a little when I heard what Crews had to say about Ayn Rand.
In Joe Lon Mackey, we are brought an unforgettable example of near-success and public short-term memory. _A Feast of Snakes_' main character is unable to come to terms with his lost football star fame and liquor-selling future. As the locals and tourists gather to hunt and consume Mystic's rattlesnake population, Joe Lon's fate and hollow memories consume him and propel him towards his destiny.
I read _A Feast of Snakes_ for the first time five months ago, and the hollow spaces in my guts still reverberate from its stark and powerful impact. Not since reading _Heart of Darkness_ have I been so awestricken by one man's writing. Crews' prose is as hard and earthy as his characters. His portrayal of Mystic, Georgia remind me of the fearful travels I've taken to the Low Country and the "Dark Corner" of my native South Carolina. Mystic's inhabitants share the same unflinching grotesqueness of the people that lived down the dirt roads and in the screen-doored country stores of my childhood. And their spawn who we only saw on the schoolbus: thier childhoods already as misshapen as their teeth. The shadows of these eerie places and freakish people are resurrected in _A Feast of Snakes_.
But the more I talk, the less I describe _A Feast of Snakes_. You will be as speechless as I was when I put it down. END
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Mar 1999
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This novel is one which will stick with you forever. The imagery which Harry Crews uses will both repulse and stun you at the same time. He manages to fit an epic in less than 200 pages. Believe me....I was an English major and have read them all, but no novel has had as much a lasting affect on me as this book did. I must warn those weak of heart that the images in this novel are sometimes quite hard to take. You have been warned!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 1999
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I read this book several years ago, and it still stays with me. This story of white trash living in the south, living off of old glory, whiskey, and rage is really something good. It's a horrific account of lives that are worth nothing, and those same lives act accordingly, and in the most nasty ways. Not for the weak, but a good read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 1998
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Harry Crews, who grew up in rural south Georgia, does an excellent job of telling the story of a young man who grew up in a rural, poor, and culturally-deprived area of Georgia. The "hero" is JOe Lon Mackey, a former high school star football player, who finally realizes that he is a "nothing". One cannot live on past glories. He realizes this as he watches his former high school girlfriend go on to college and develop as a person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug 1998
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Wonderful, disturbing Southern Gothic. An unsettling yarn that "sticks to the ribs". As usual, a Crewes novel that joins David Lynch and William Faulkner. Each novel is eagerly awaited, and this is Crews at his surrealistic best... Buy 'em all...they won't dissapoint!! I made my wife read it, and she's still disturbed and haunted by the narrative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE on 30 July 2008
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"The annual rattlesnake round-up in Mystic, Georgia bears no relation to 'Whacking Day' in The Simpsons at all! As the thousands turn-up to take part and watch, by the day of the actual hunt, you know it'll have all gone horribly wrong. Throw a handful of good 'ol boys and their women, moonshine and whisky, fighting dogs, diamondbacks and the return of the prodigal cheer-leader queen into the mix and you have a heady brew that will burst from its bottle in a flash. At the centre of this is Joe Lon Mackey, a former footballer who didn't get the grades to go to further, stuck in a trailer with his fading wife, two babies, and with nothing to do except mind his father's liquor store, misses his former girl Berenice the cheerleader, and finds himself taking it out on everyone ...

It's tragedy in the making, and the writing is brutal, visceral, yet not without a wicked sense of humour in the caricature of the characters. No words are wasted in this cinematic novel of murder and mayhem, and the tension builds and builds until it finally explodes in an stunning ending that will shake you to the core."
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