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Woe to Live On: A Novel

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Overview

Starring Skeet Ulrich, Tobey Maguire and recording artist Jewel, this major motion picture will be arriving in theaters April 16th. Set in the 1860s, in the last days of the Civil War, this is the coming-of-age story about the lawless universe of war as seen through the eyes of a young secessionist. Based on Woodrell's novel titled "Woe to Live On".
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Narrator Jake Roedel is in his mid-teens when he joins the First Kansas Irregulars in 1861. During the next few years he sees, and commits, more than his share of Civil War atrocities. Most of the action takes place in Kansas and Missouri between the rebel Irregulars (bushwhackers) and the Union Jayhawkers, with some civilians caught in the crossfire. The studiedly cool Jake experiences loss (the deaths of his best friend, father and comrades) and love (the best friend's ``widow''); he also learns about tolerance from his contact with a nobly reserved black Irregular. There's plenty of hard riding, drinking and shooting, most of it leading to bloodshed. Jake's loyalty to the ``secesh'' cause is unquestioning and doesn't quite gibe with his growing unease amid the gore, or with his departure in the midst of the war for Texas with wife and child. The prose is occasionally rather pretentious, but this is a generally enjoyable coming-of-age novel by the author of Under the Bright Lights. (June 5)
Kansas City Star
"The violence is fast and understated, and bawdy humor relieves the story's intensity."
Chicago Tribune
"A renegade Western...that celebrates the genre while bushwhacking its most cherished traditions...Jake Roedel recites his tale of woe in an improbably rustic idiom, with a malignant humor and a hip sensibility that are wise beyond his years and way ahead of his times."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Woodrell pins it down just right...speaks to the universal cruelty of civil war."
United Press International
PRAISE FOR WOE TO LIVE ON

"[A] fine novel...Daniel Woodrell has captured the devastation of war and, more importantly, the twisting of men's minds."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671001360
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/1998
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 1999

    Read it while it's still in print!

    I read a library copy of this book years ago, and have been looking for it ever since. I am excited it is back in print. Buy it while you can find it! Woodrell presents a side of the conflict largely neglected in the popular press. While his language can be over the top in modern writing, for this period piece his voice is effectively authentic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Decent, but I definitely prefer his Ozark characters to his west

    Decent, but I definitely prefer his Ozark characters to his westerns. A page turner, but some of his other work is better.

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