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The Death of Sweet Mister: A Novel

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

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    Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite "The Death of Swe

    Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite

    "The Death of Sweet Mister" by Daniel Woodrell is a well-written, entertaining but gloomy book. In it we meet Shug Akins, a thirteen year old overweight young man. He and his mother, Glenda, live rent free in a mobile home for taking care of the cemetery next door. When not in jail, Red lives with them. He is a brutal, abusive man who hates Shug. Red forces Shug to break into the homes of dying people and steal their pain killers. Glenda is an attractive young woman; she dresses in provocative clothing. Glenda is the only one who has ever loved Shug. Jimmy Vin Pearce arrives in town driving a green T-bird; soon he and Glenda are having a sizzling affair.

    I was quickly drawn into Shug’s life. The poor boy is blatantly abused, emotionally, mentally and physically, by Red. In a more elusive manner he is abused by his mother. Shug is at that special age where he isn’t a man and yet he isn’t a child. His mother dresses provocatively in front of him and doesn’t even try to hide her sexual exploitations from him. She gives him alcohol and allows him to drive her car. Although she knows Red hates the boy she allows the abusive man to take Shug “fishing.” This tale is cruel and bleak. Author Daniel Woodrell is a genius. I have never read a book that brought out such passionate anger in me. There is no happy ending to this story and yet it is a compelling read. This is a review of the audio version. The reader is Dennis LeHane. His voice is filled with passion in just the right places. This is a must read book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2001

    A great book

    In the same vein as Nowhere Near the Sea of Cortez(Jim Harris) and Carmac McCarthy, Woodrell captures dark, poetic lower class images, sounds, words, better than any writers out there, with the exception of Harris. But both these writers are in a class by themselves with spare, phenomenal word plays and fascinating explorations of poor folk. Take Sherwood Anderson and throw in Raymond Carver and a heavy dose of Bukowski. A brilliant writer.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2014

    Gritty and Frightening -- A Tragedy from Page One As horrible a

    Gritty and Frightening -- A Tragedy from Page One

    As horrible as the subject matter was, as gritty as the material was, I could not put this book down.  It is a frightening
    reminder that monsters are made and not born. This one will stay with me for a long time. I'll look for more from this author--
    but I may need to read something more light-hearted in between!

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