He's also in Sean Penn's Indian Runner, A Feast Of Snakes is the best book I've read all year. A very unique redneck tale from Georgia about lust, violence, pitbull fights, snake hunting, and castration.
Christmas reading; The Hawk Is Dying and All Need Of Hell by Crews.
The Hawk Is Dying was a bit disappointing after reading A Feast Of Snakes (I guess 99% of most novels would be), but All We Need Of Hell was bloody amazing. Now I'm waiting for Crews' Celebration novel.
The Hawk Is Dying has been made into a movie last year with Paul Giamatti, anyone seen it?
Car, definitely. It's available in the Classic Crews collection (which is all great) that you might still find on remainder tables. Amazon also has cheap used copies of it. The Gospel Singer is also a classic, though not easy to find - I wish I could remember whom I lent my copy too.
Great as Warren Oates (always) is, the movie Cockfighter suffers greatly from budget constraints. A lot of the best stuff in Willeford's book was left out.
I've just read my 1st Barry Hannah novel, Yonder Stands Your Orphan, it was okay, although its readability was tarnished by introducing 10 new characters and their flashbacks in each chapter for no apparent reason. But I like the way he writes, so I might try some of his other works. Not familar with Larry Brown or Donna Tartt, so thanks for the tips.
Yeh the Classic crews collection and gospel singer are fantastic... I think Crews was influenced by Flannery O'Connor too "A good man is Hard to Find" is a good place to start with her... If you haven't already...
I read A Feast of Snakes last month, buying the book the day after I heard about Crews, and was wowed. What an incredible book. I've got a copy of The Gospel Singer but I'm caught up with some other books at the moment. Can't wait to get to it. I can't believe it took me so long to hear about Crews!
Harry Crews is great and if you are looking for another sort of Southern brutality I advise checking out Joe R Lansdale. You know him best as the man who wrote Bubba-Ho-Tep, but his detective fiction is brutal and filthy. There are some great videos of him reading from his novels on Youtube.
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