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Posted October 27, 2002
The Shallow Grave is the space where the narrator, a horribly disfigured war veteran, lives. "Unnaturally" survived to a bomb blast, unlike all of his buddies, Grant Montrose returns to his native Virginia like a living corpse. Once an attractive, handsome man, his skin is now the color of mulberry and his veins show all over his body like in an anatomical chart. His long search for attendants to rub his feet, read him books and deliver the letter he writes for the beautiful Widow Rance, eventually brings two young men to his house: Quintus, a local black boy, and Daventry, a misterious young man from Utah. The four characters' lives become more and more intertwined, and the story, especially in the second half, takes the most inexpected turns. Beautifully written, heartwrenching, grotesque, dreamy. A book that maybe in time will get the attention it deserves. But you don't have to wait for that to happen to enjoy this marvelous piece of writing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.