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The Convict and Other Stories

The Convict and Other Stories


The Convict and Other Stories

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4.5/5 (5 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Sep 4, 2012
ISBN:
9781442354203
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Description

From one of the country's most acclaimed and popular novelists comes a selection of a dozen short stories "that strike to the heart" (Publishers Weekly) set in James Lee Burke's most beloved milieu, the Deep South.

James Lee Burke has become a dedicated voice for the people of Louisiana, especially post-Katrina. This collection demonstrates the depth of his feeling for the state that has always been such a study in contrasts: rural and urban, old and new, wild and civilized.
     In this moving collection of stories, first published in 1985, James Lee Burke elegantly marries his flair for gripping storytelling with his lyrical writing style and complex, fascinating character portraits. Burke revisits the backdrop of the Gulf Coast, which he so loves, in a series of stories that covers the scope of human experience-from love and sex to domestic abuse to war and death and friendship. These portraits of lush, mysterious Louisiana and the people who live there, by turns heartwarming and dangerous, give fans a new glimpse of the gifts that have made Burke an international bestseller.
Released:
Sep 4, 2012
ISBN:
9781442354203
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. He’s authored thirty-nine novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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  • (4/5)
    When I picked this up, I thought it wouldn't be my thing, but while the stories were outside my experience, they were all good in some way, with one that was outstanding. These are set, for the most part, in what I think of as backwater America, it feels like they were mostly in the South, as the racial tension seems to reflect that region (I may be wrong there, but that's the impression). If there is a common theme, it is war, with the various characters being returned from war, at war or caught up in the the middle of a war that's not theirs. They are all flawed in some way, or trying to manage in a flawed world. And few of these stories end happily, but I don't recall the world being a fairy tale. The second to last story, set in Guatamala was the one that really got to me, the world weary journalist who still feels it to have been his fault tugs at the heart strings. I know it is a small thing, but the way that the audio was presented was really helpful. It was 1 CD with one story and 4 CD each with 2 stories. No having to change CD mid story, which gets really annoying It is only a small thing, but, you know, the small things make all the difference.
  • (4/5)
    The first story in the collection deals with prejudice and is entitled "Uncle Sidney and the Mexicans." It concerns Hack, who picks crops during the summer. He is intrigued by, and wants to date, Juanita, a Mexican girl working with them. Hack invites her out, much to the consternation of the local hoodlums and the white religious establishment personified by preacher Willis, who owns the fields they work on. A cross is burned on Uncle Sidney's lawn where Hack is staying. Uncle Sidney is not what you would call a liberal-minded man, but he takes matters into his own hands and begins to compile a list of "genuine sons of bitches and possible sons of bitches." Then he loads the charred cross on the back of his truck and drives up to each suspected participant, offering to return the cross to its rightful owner. A marvelously funny yet tragic scene. The results are awesome.
  • (5/5)
    these are literally delicious prose gems and earn all five hot whikte stars. There was a point at the endikng of one of them I yelled out to my empty house YES! TISIS THE REAL STUFF! THIS IS COMMUNICATING. THIS IS ENTERING MYMIND AND ME WANTING YOU TO STAY THERE.THIS IS MAKING ME THINK, BUT NOT JUST THINK, BUT THINK BEYOND THINKING! There is a sujggested study guide in the back for those wanting to "teach" creative writing. (and njo, darlink, it cannot be taught). Take my word for it, if you want to begin enjoying burke, this is the way to begin.