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Norwood
     

Norwood

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by Charles Portis
 

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Out of the American neon desert of Roller Dromes, chili parlors, country music, and girls who want “to live in a trailer and play records all night” comes ex-marine and troubadour Norwood Pratt.

Sent on a mission to New York he gets involved in a wild journey that takes him in and out of stolen cars, freight trains, and buses. By the time he returns

Overview

Out of the American neon desert of Roller Dromes, chili parlors, country music, and girls who want “to live in a trailer and play records all night” comes ex-marine and troubadour Norwood Pratt.

Sent on a mission to New York he gets involved in a wild journey that takes him in and out of stolen cars, freight trains, and buses. By the time he returns home to Texas, Norwood has met his true love, Rita Lee, on a bus; befriended the second shortest midget in show business and “the world's smallest perfect fat man”; and helped Joann “the chicken with a college education,” realize her true potential in life. As with all Portis’ fiction, the tone is cool, sympathetic, and funny.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is the second installment in Overlook's planned four-volume series of Portis reissues. Portis made his debut into the book world with this 1966 first novel, which many insist is his best. LJ's reviewer found the book more character- than plot-driven but nonetheless enjoyed it. (LJ 8/66) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Megan Harlan
With this rerelease of Portis best novel, his mirthful, pitch-perfect 1966 debut, we get a glimpse of how a 20'th-century Mark Twain might write...Portis' impeccable style—crackling wit coupled with near-genius characterization—makes this portrait of average eccentricities a sneakily great American novel.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590206669
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
08/01/1999
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
149,236
File size:
509 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Charles Portis lives in Arkansas, where he was born and educated. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War, was the London bureau chief of the New York Herald-Tribune, and was a writer for The New Yorker.

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Norwood 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TheAnonymousDude More than 1 year ago
Suppose Sal Paradise had been a peckerwood instead of a hipster. Enter Norwood Pratt, who goes walk about in the 1950's. The book is perhaps not as obviously profound as On The Road, but makes up for it in quirky humor. If you're into quirky humor, it's one fine ride taking a road trip with Norwood. One caveat though about the language. Much in the vein of Mark Twain, some of the characters use the "N" word liberally. It's true to the racist attitudes of the time and places (I was there), but it's kind of jarring to run into anyway. The way it is presented, that is perhaps the point Portis is making on that score. Just a heads up though. I still highly recommend Norwood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is easily one of the weirdest books I've read. There were a few parts that I had to re-read because I missed something. That said, this was an excellent book. There was an eclectic variety of characters and settings that were bizarre and humerous simultaneously. Overall, very good.
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