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Paris Trout

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    Not only is the writing extrodinary, but the characters are enga

    Not only is the writing extrodinary, but the characters are engaging, complex, and real. One of the finest novels I've ever read, it is haunting, memorable and fulfills my most important requirement for a 5-star rating: it equally affects the head and the heart of the reader.

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

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    A fascinating novel about one man's morals

    Paris Trout is one of the most unique characters I've come across in quite some time. He appears to have his own sense of right and wrong, which are - to put it mildly - quite separate and apart from that experienced by the rest of the citizenry of Cotton Point, GA (not to mention the majority of the people in the country). <BR/><BR/>It is this unusual sense of morality (I'm not sure it can be called perverted, offbeat, or any other similar term) that leads to his shooting of a young African-American girl. And it is that circumstance, and the resulting trial, that causes the gradual emotional disintegration of not only Paris Trout, but of many of the other main characters of Pete Dexter's unbelievably good tale. <BR/><BR/>Trout's wife, Hanna, could probably be considered a battered wife. I'm not entirely sure - Trout does strike her, and the psychological abuse is certainly there, but Hanna has enough gumption to fight back (emotionally speaking), and to throw Trout out of his own house and begin divorce proceedings against him. Perhaps if this story had taken place several years later, Hanna would simply be a doormat - a Hedda Nussbaum clone. But given the ultimate resolution of this story we'll never know that for certain. <BR/><BR/>Without trying to give that resolution away, I wish that Dexter would write a sequel of sorts. I would like to see Hanna five, or even ten years later and see what kind of a person she has become. There are far too many Paris Trouts in the world, and it would be a comfort to know that their control over their victims is not absolute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 1999


    This was a truly memorable book. Dexter's story is a truly haunting tale of Southern injustice. The character development and the plot make the reader wish the book could go on and on. This book was very hard to put down!

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