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“A hearty welcome home. . .a tale of betrayal, revenge and spousal loathing. . .[that] rollicks along on the legs of its comic characters.”–Outside
“Beautifully turned….a surprising, affecting mix of bitterness and delicacy.” –Entertainment Weekly
“McGuane’s sentences are like no one else’s, crisp and spare, yet somehow baroque, and he perpetually balances the picaresque against the sublime.”—The New Yorker
“McGuane has struck a perfect balance. . .between his large cast of beautifully drawn and memorable characters and the animals they raise and work and love.”—Alan Cheuse, Chicago Tribune
“A fine, quirky, funny, startling novel . . . with witty dialogue and hilarious moments and sudden violence and awful betrayals.”—Miami Herald
“McGuane is a terrific writer, a great chronicler of the vanishing West.”—The Orlando Sentinel
“There is a raw exuberance to this hard-edged novel. . . . McGuane proves that he is still an accomplished cowpuncher with words.”—Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“McGuane’s unflagging invention is consistently engaging. . . . He is remarkably attuned to the psychological discomfort and indirect jousting underlying routine social interactions, and his language is rich, varied and effortless.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“When McGuane dissects his characters to their squirming core, The Cadence of Grass is downright hilarious.”—St. Petersburg Times
“The plot . . . unfolds with McGuane’s characteristic wit and delight in the absurd. . . . His voice gets truer every time.” —The Plain Dealer
“One of our most readable and accomplished writers. . . .Consistently entertaining.” –Rocky Mountain News
“A complex and dark novel in which detailed rendering of psychological landscapes creates a fascinating portrait of the suffering heart of an old and perhaps dying way of life.”—The Globe & Mail, Toronto
“There is an earthy and comedic magic about this expansive story within the expanse of the Western plains.”—Deseret News
“McGuane portrays an American West that is vivid and alive, writing crackling dialogue with an eye for the ridiculous.”—The Boston Phoenix
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Posted January 9, 2003
I heard about this book through a magazine review. It sounded good so I thought I'd give it a try. The characters were nutty and unbelievable and the plot was "out there." I've never read anything by this author before this (and I won't read anything else by him). Not knowing a thing about the author, I'd wager a hefty bet that he'd done some serious drugs when he was younger (or maybe he was doing some while he was writing this book)! How did he conceive this story?! I will not recommend this book at all.
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