BN.com Gift Guide

Killing Mister Watson

( 5 )

Overview

Drawn from fragments of historical fact, Matthiessen's masterpiece brilliantly depicts the fortunes and misfortunes of Edgar J. Watson, a real-life entrepreneur and outlaw who appeared in the lawless Florida Everglades around the turn of the century.

Now in paperback, Killing Mister Watson is the bestselling novel proclaimed by critics throughout the country as Peter Matthiessen's masterpiece. Drawn from fragments of historical fact, it brilliantly depicts the ...

See more details below
Paperback (1st Vintage Books Edition)
$10.63
BN.com price
(Save 33%)$15.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (169) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $9.05   
  • Used (160) from $1.99   
Killing Mister Watson

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.99
BN.com price

Overview

Drawn from fragments of historical fact, Matthiessen's masterpiece brilliantly depicts the fortunes and misfortunes of Edgar J. Watson, a real-life entrepreneur and outlaw who appeared in the lawless Florida Everglades around the turn of the century.

Now in paperback, Killing Mister Watson is the bestselling novel proclaimed by critics throughout the country as Peter Matthiessen's masterpiece. Drawn from fragments of historical fact, it brilliantly depicts the fortunes of Edgar J. Watson, a real-life entrpreneur and outlaw who appeared in the lawless Florida Everglades around the turn of the century.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Numerous acquaintances of the leg endary Edgar J. Watson, said to have gunned down the outlaw Belle Starr, are given voice in a fictionalized oral history set in the Florida Everglades. PW called this ``an imaginative and haunting evocation of a time and place, and the paradox of the tenderness and brutality with which real and imagined lives are filled.'' Ten tales about people trapped in futile behavior patterns comprise On the River Styx: ``In limpid, lyrical prose, these dazzling stories ob jectively explore the lack of communi cation between husbands and wives, between races and cultures.'' Aug.
Library Journal
Around the turn of the century southern Florida was an inhospitable region populated by Seminole Indians, runaway slaves, Civil War deserters, and other misfits and desperados. ``Suspect everyone and ask no questions'' was the rule, and those foolish enough to ask questions of Edgar J. Watson, a hard-drinking sugar-cane planter rumored to be The Man Who Shot Belle Starr, were quickly silenced. But as the railroad brought civilization ever closer, Watson's brand of frontier justice seemed increasingly out of place, even to his admirers. Thus, the community's first civic act was to be a ritual murder. Matthiessen's fact-based historical novel assembles the evidence: newspaper clippings, diary extracts, the testimony of neighbors and kin. In constant deep focus is the spectacle of the wanton destruction of the ecosystem--a process well underway by 1910. An important and provocative book from the author of Far Tortuga LJ 4/15/75. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/90.-- Edward B. St. John, Loyola Law Sch. Lib., Los Angeles
School Library Journal
YA-- More than 20 men wait in ambush as Mister Watson steps ashore and is shot dead. From this beginning, the story of Edgar J. Watson is told through the recollections of his daughter and neighbors, and by reports from magazines, letters, and other historical papers. This is a study rich in history, social studies, ecology, and nature of the The Ten Thousand Islands area of southwestern Florida from 1890-1910. It was a haven for escapees and renegades, and poor treatment of Indians, blacks, and half-breeds was accepted and expected. When Watson arrived there in the 1890s, he was thought of as quiet and friendly. But an aura of danger grew with the stories told and retold about him. When it was alleged that he killed 57 people including Belle Starr, the tales became folk legend. The setting and characters are fully drawn as Watson's menacing power grows steadily. Because ten characters tell and retell in dialect their versions of the Watson story, YAs will need to persevere with this demanding format. If they do, they will know the Florida era that ended when Mister Watson was killed. --Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679734055
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991
  • Series: Watson Trilogy Series , #1
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage Books Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 258,358
  • Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Posted June 13, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    The History of Southwest Florida

    A great book to read if you are visiting Southwest Florida, particularly Everglades City and Chockoloskee. A true story of the hard life in this part of the world. It is told from many different people's perspectives. The story of Edgar Watson, a bad man. This is the first in series of 4 books by Peter Matthiesen, about this man. The next one is told from the point of view of Mr. Watson's grandson, then from Mr. Watson's pont of view.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 27, 2012

    Be prepared with a paper and pencil to keep track of the multipl

    Be prepared with a paper and pencil to keep track of the multiple
    characters and evolving relationships that weave in and out of the
    narrative of this novel based on real events. If you can make it through
    the first 50 pages you'll become engrossed in the ensuing mysterious and
    enigmatic story of how Mr. Watson comes to eventually be gunned down.
    Similar to Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying", the point of view
    switches between characters who have very different perspectives on key
    events and personalities. The twists and turns of the plot come out at
    just the right pace to keep you wanting more. It is deftly written and
    exactly captures the western Everglades around the turn of the last
    century provoking deeper thoughts about a number of issues including
    race (white vs. black vs. indian), man's relationship with nature, law
    vs. justice, gender roles, and death. This was recommended to me by a
    Park Ranger who serves in the Ten Thousand Island area and I would
    consider it a "must read" to anyone who is planning on
    visiting that part of Florida.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is outstanding by any measure. A true pleasure, opening a world I hadn't known existed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    Great book with too many details

    I loved the history and characters that Mathiesson brought to life in this narrative by 10 different people who knew Ed Watson. But there were too many minor characters and much repetition of the same information.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)