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Lawless: Originally published with the title 'The Wettest County in the World' Paperback – 16 Aug 2012
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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)
"This is a lyrical and riveting book . . . It's a book that hurts like life." (Salon.com)
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It always amazes me when you read stories based on true events. If you have watched the film, then read the book, brilliant! The only criticism is as previously mentioned, then order of the chapters can be confusing (they jump forward and backward between the years).So I have written them out in order, which is as follows
2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10,14,16,17,18,19,20,21,23,24,25,27,28,29.1,6,11,15,30,31,32,22,26 & 33.
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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.
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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