Shadow Country

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 19, 2008 - Fiction - 912 pages
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Peter Matthiessen’s great American epic–Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man’s River, and Bone by Bone–was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books. In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen has cut nearly a third of the overall text and collapsed the time frame while deepening the insights and motivations of his characters with brilliant rewriting throughout. In Shadow Country, he has marvelously distilled a monumental work, realizing his original vision.


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An extraordinary achievement, this novel is a must read for anyone who has spent time in Florida and wondered what it must have been like before statehood. Florida has always seemed different than its ... Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

A bit of Faulkner, a bit of Twain in the [first part of the] story told by multiple narrators - each giving their own take on the life of E.J. Watson. The second part on how Watson's history comes to ... Read full review

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Peter Matthiessen has written eight novels, including At Play in the Fields of the Lord (nominated for the National Book Award) and Far Tortuga, and also a book of short stories, On the River Styx. His parallel career as a naturalist and environmental activist has produced numerous acclaimed works of nonfiction, most of them serialized in The New Yorker; these include The Tree Where Man Was Born (another National Book Award nominee) and The Snow Leopard (a National Book Award winner). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1974.

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