By Harry Crews
From the novelist the hot Yorker known as "a author of outstanding power," A banquet of Snakes is a wildly bizarre and breathtakingly unique stopover at to the agricultural south and the unique culture that erupts in all its glory on the Rattlesnake Roundup in Mystic, Georgia.
Joe Lon Mackey, a former All-American working again now with no goal or excitement in his existence, makes a decision that the collection of snake-hunters in his fatherland is he excellent chance to get a few cognizance. His look for pleasure triggers a extraordinary sequence of occasions - together with adultery, castration, suicide, and homicide - as Harry Crews once more offers a macabre, hilarious, and irrestible model of the human comedy.
"Absolutely wonderful ... Crews is within the first ranks of yankee novelists." - Jonathan Yardley,The Miami Herald
"Crews ... has a funky, stinky, virtually hair-raising writing sort, deceptively basic and fluid ... plus a marvelously wry humorousness ... No variety of adjectives within the word list can do justice to the dazzlingly strange nature of Crews's creations." - Kenneth Turan,The Washington publish ebook World
"A banquet of Snakes is a quick yet totally gorgeous novel, one who upon a few events left me really breathless." - San Francisco Chronicle
Welcome to Mystic, Georgia. This going-nowhere city hosts the yearly Rattlesnake Roundup, which pulls hundreds of thousands of tourists for a coarse 'n' rowdy weekend of your uncomplicated primate behavior--hard ingesting, ogling bikini-clad contestants within the pass over Mystic Rattle good looks contest, having a bet on puppy fights, snake catching, and snake consuming. Meet Joe Lon Mackey. He lives in a trailer in Mystic together with his lumpy, dedicated spouse and hollerin' young'uns. His days of glory because the Boss Snake of the Mystic Rattlers soccer crew are over, and he didn't have the grades to visit university. He's simply now knowing that his dreary company promoting beer, bonded whiskey, and moonshine is all he's gonna get within the means of a destiny.
As the crowds for the Roundup begin to overfill the camping out quarter, Joe Lon feels at the inside of like a barrel of snakes: "a writhing of the darkness, an incessant boiling of anything thick and slow-moving." As he and his solid ol' blood brother prepare to wander round and try the scene, Joe Lon says, "Just a number of loopy humans cranking as much as git crazier. yet that's o.k.. believe at the fringe of doing whatever striking myself."
A banquet of Snakes is definitely one of the so much skillfully crafted and pleasing novel ever written during which a bored stiff individual is going violently berserk. yet Harry Crews belongs to the culture of significant Southern bizarre writers corresponding to Flannery O'Connor, so A dinner party of Snakes is richer than that: Crews serves up the truth of people's savage and unrelenting cruelty towards animals and towards one another, stark truths approximately human melancholy, male-female face-offs at their sexiest and so much ruthless, and (here's his genuine genius) humor so robust you can't aid yet laugh--even although it hurts for those who do.
A dinner party of Snakes, first released in 1976, is a blinding and ideal horror novel. --Fiona Webster
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A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews