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Lawless: Originally published with the title 'The Wettest County in the World' [Kindle Edition]

Matt Bondurant
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Based on the true account of Matt Bondurant's grandfather and two granduncles, Lawless is a gripping, white-knuckle fable of bootlegging, brotherhood and revenge. White mule, white lightning, firewater, popskull, wild cat, stump whiskey, rotgut - whatever you called it, 1920s Virginia was awash with moonshine. The Bondurant Boys were notorious gangsters who ran liquor though Franklin County during Prohibition and in the years that followed. Lawless is their story.

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Thick with the kind of blood-soaked descriptions that would do Cormac McCarthy proud' -- Wall Street Journal

'There is blood. There is whiskey. There is the scent of gunpowder and gasoline hanging above the space through which the Bondurants pass, unrepentant, robed in their own greed. It's a dark, flinty reimagination of what a memoir - and your grandfather's stories - can be' -- Esquire

'Engrossing' --Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Matt Bondurant's novel The Wettest County in the World (Scribner 2008) was a New York Times Editor's Pick, and San Francisco Chronicle Best 50 Books of the Year. A former John Gardner Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf, Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State, and Walter E. Dakin Fellow at Sewanee, Matt's short fiction has been published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, The New England Review, and Glimmer Train, and he has recently held residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. He currently lives in Texas.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857867288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857867285
  • ASIN: B0083UX2UY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,629 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 5 Oct. 2012
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Better than the film in every way and that's really saying something!
This book is gritty, honest, brutal, and thrilling.
Me free time became a thing of the past from the second I opened the book as I was transported back to the prohibition era and the daring true escapades of the bootleggers!
A fantastic book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 26 Jan. 2013
I read this book off the back of the film, like most reviewers seem to have done on here, and the fact that I have seen the film means I was aware of the plot line. With regards to this, I was not concerned or bothered by the chronology of events within the book not being in order. However, if I was reading the book without prior plot knowledge I think that the chronological order of the book would reveal too much and spoil the ending.

Saying that the novel is a definate must. The language used in the novel sets the scene exceptionally well, and you really get a sense of the bleak, stark lives the people of this time must have lead.

The novel is well paced and has enough action to keep you reading on. The characters are well written and engaging, alhough a times I feel the law enforcement officer seem a little sketchy and we don't really get much of an understanding of their mindsets and motivations.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F-Lawless 10 Nov. 2012
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I admit, I bought this book after seeing the movie and loving it. I understand that some other reviewers found difficulty with the timeline and narration of the book and I feel that having seen the film first, it was easier for me to fall into the story and the switching between the years. The characters are so well formed that you can picture them so clearly in your mind, as well as the rural town where they reside. Each of the colourful characters where likable or despisable, every one of them so expertly described that Bondurant really takes you back through time to a place that probably one still exsists in some small parts of America. If you choose to, you should read the book as it is, a story built on hearsay and legend that is colourful, heartfelt, violent and simply fascinating. I loved this book and I hope others will too, despite Bondurant's slighty odd storytelling it is unlike any other description of those involved in the bootleg liquor trade.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyable 8 April 2013
By craig
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well written very easy to read and understand, very enjoyable a lot better than the film even though i did enjoy the film. wished i had read the book first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lawless book vs film 7 April 2013
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film was good but the book was brilliant.I wish i would of read the book before seeing the film it put pictures in my mind of the charicters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Historical tale 8 Oct. 2012
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After watching the movie I thought i'd give the book a try. Saying that, it's not as easy to follow - it leaps back and forwards from the 1930's and 1920's in varying chapters so you have to remember what happened when. The characters are good and it realy does give an insight into the country bootleggers of the time period, but you need to follow the plot. If you want to do it the easy way just watch the film, but the book is good, and obviously Hollywood always miss out parts and Characters, and are "creative" with other bits - if you want the accurate account this is it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read it in 3 Days 25 Mar. 2013
By euan
Format:Kindle Edition
I saw the film on an airplane and immediately bought the book on Kindle.

2 months later I got around to reading it and knocked it off in 3 days. Needless to say, it is a page turner.

It is not exactly like the film. Much more depth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immersed in corn 31 Aug. 2013
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When Lawless came out at the cinema, it immediately looked the sort of film you wanted to watch, knew you should watch ... Until you heard there was a book behind it, a book about real people, larger than life, mysterious and whose story would leave you viewing lawlessness forever differently.
That's what happened with this retitling of Matt Bondurant's "The Wettest County in the World". Written in the style of Cormac McCarthy it almost has the mystical quality of a Greek tragedy. At the same time there is that gritty, almost hopeless edge to it which mimics Steinbeck. You can smell the corn as it's mashing, the shrivelled tobacco on which no hope is lavished because, at that time, it was almost guaranteed to fail, the sweat of the men eking out their existence on alcohol and adrenaline and the despair of their women who fear that nobody will survive the drought or the revenue. Or the competition. It was all a matter of which got you first. The battle between the moonshiners (a northern term) and the local police and revenue men demonstrates what we all secretly know: there is a very fine line between what is lawful and what is criminal.
Yet out of this despair and weariness come three brothers who mind their business on the wrong side of the law while still determined to do what they can for those they love.
Despite the passing of time, and the determination of the brothers not to brag of their exploits, Jack's grandson does an excellent job in bring their legend to life in a style at once imparting the violent edge on which the men lived, and the tenderness of their relationships with their loves. His style portrays scenes and interactions in a way that the film will take for granted and for that reason I'm glad I read it first. This is a book I will read again. Do I want to watch the film now? Perhaps I will, but I feel no real need to after this experience.
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