Edisto

Edisto

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by Padgett Powell
     
 

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A novel that has drawn comparisons with the work of J. D. Salinger, Truman Capote, and Flannery O’Connor, Edisto centers on one Simons Everson Manigault, a twelve-year-old possessed of a vocabulary and sophistication way beyond his years and a preadolescent bewilderment with the behavior of adults. These include his mother, who is known as the Duchess,

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A novel that has drawn comparisons with the work of J. D. Salinger, Truman Capote, and Flannery O’Connor, Edisto centers on one Simons Everson Manigault, a twelve-year-old possessed of a vocabulary and sophistication way beyond his years and a preadolescent bewilderment with the behavior of adults. These include his mother, who is known as the Duchess, and his enigmatic father-surrogate, Taurus. Imbued with a strong sense of place—an isolated strip of South Carolina coast called Edisto—Padgett Powell’s novel is “truly remarkable . . . both as a narrative and in its extraordinary use of language” (Walker Percy).

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Richard Eder
"A remarkable book....there is not a line that simply slides by; each, in one way or another, turns things to a fresh and unexpected angle. There are splendid things said." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374146511
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/01/1984
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

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Walker Percy
"Edisto is a truly remarkable first novel, both as a narrative and in its extraordinary use of language. It reminds one of The Catcher In The Rye, but it's better -- sharper, funnier, more poignant."
Donald Barthelme
"Edisto is a startling book, full of new sights, sounds, and ways of feeling. Mr. Powell weaves wonderful tapestries from ordinary speech; his people, Black and White, whether speaking to each other or past each other, tell us things that we never heard before. The book is subtle, daring, and brilliant."

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