'The fiction of Peter Matthiessen is the reason a lot of people in my generation decided to be writers ... Shadow Country lives up to anyone's expectations of great writing' Richard Ford.
'Altogether gripping, shocking, and brilliantly told . . . as powerful a reading experience as nearly any in our literature' Michael Dirda, New York Review of Books.
'It's the story of our continent, both land and people, and his writing does every justice to the blood fury of his themes' Don Delillo.
'After seven years of rewriting and reimaging his 'Mister Watson' trilogy, Peter Matthiessen has produced an epic novel of the Florida Everglades, Shadow Country, a book that can be fairly spoken of in the same breath as Moby-Dick and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for both the grandeur of its literary architecture and its command of American vernacular speech' Jonathan Raban, Guardian.
'Shadow Country's size and scope may throw down a challenge, but anyone who takes it up will only be rewarded. If this isn't a great novel, American or otherwise, I don't know what is' Jonathan Gibbs, Independent.
'I read it in great gulps, up later each night than I wanted to be, in my hungry impatience to find out more' Joseph Heller.
From the Inside Flap
Inspired by a near-mythic event of the wild Florida frontier at the dawn of the twentieth century, Shadow Country reimagines the legend of the Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly towards his own violent end at the hands of neighbours. His son Lucius investigates the killing which has come to obsess him. Shadow Country traverses strange landscapes and frontier hinterlands inhabited by Americans of every provenance and colour, including the black and Indian inheritors of the archaic racism that, as Watson's wife observed, 'still cast its shadow over the nation'. Peter Matthiessen's great American epic - Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man's River, and Bone By Bone - was conceived as a single vast, mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken into three books. In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen has deepened the insights and motivations of his characters, distilling a monumental work and realizing his original vision.
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