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Posted December 7, 2008
What about the hog farms?
There are about 75 characters in this book. I could not remember their names, nor did I wish to, and certainly could not remember the color of each's hair as it was described. This is called "padding."<BR/><BR/>Colleton County is a fictional name for Johnston County NC where Maron lives. The #1 industry in Johnston County is hog farming. In NC there are 3 hogs for each person, and they all live in Johnston County. The hog farms are destroying the land and the ground water. Johnston County is not the bucolic setting Maron descibes. When driving through Johnston County on Interstate 40, one is forced to close the car's vent because the smell is so bad. If one drives along the smaller highways of Johnston County, one sees barbeque, gun shop, barbeque, gun shop. This is not sweet, wholesome countryside Maron likes to convince us exists. Maron always has a personal soap box. In this book she takes on the developers. Ask yourself this question: what would you rather have in your backyard, a new house or a hog farm?<BR/><BR/>A secondary issue for me is the way she portrays the speech of the country folk. I have lived in NC for 40 years, have known many fine country folk (they have lovely manners) but have NEVER heard even the most rural, under-educated, persons speak in the backward way Maron depicts. This is put on, an effort to convince the rest of the nation that North Carolinians are charming hicks. Maron lives about 30 minutes drive from the Research Triangle, Duke University, Chapel Hill, an area that accounts for more highly education professionals than almost anywhere in the U.S.<BR/><BR/>Maron needs to get off her soap box and inject some reality into her fiction!
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