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T.R. Pearson is one of my favorite authors. After re-reading "A Short History of A Small Place," I picked this up to see just what else he's been up to. About a third of the way in, I nearly gave up. But I kept going and I am glad I did, as that is when it all turned into the most hilarious Bonnie and Clyde story ever, with sex and filthy language. I loved it. It would definitely have been four stars if not for the slow-ish start and some sections where I was confused by the grave-digging crew.
Screamingly funny in spots, but until you get used to Pearson's rendition of Southern dialect and his page-long sentences, it's like reading in a foreign language. It's well worth the effort, though.
just a delightful read - faulkner meets garison keiler, and garison wins! great stories and characters in a southern gothic style. just pure fun
This was my third, possibly fourth, time through this wonder of a book, which is one of my all-time favorites. When I loaded my books into Goodreads several years ago, I rated 'Off for the Sweet Hereafter” five stars: I don't see any reason to change that now. It's the story of a crime wave ---- but you might as well say that “Moby Dick” is the story of a whale. The book opens with the words---“That was the summer we lost the bald Jeeter...”They are followed by many other words before the first
"Off for the Sweet Hereafter" is darker and cruder than "A Short History of a Small Place" was. "Short History" was narrated in the first person by Louis Benfield, who was a young boy, so it came across as innocent and good-natured. "Sweet Hereafter" on the other hand, was a more conventional third person account that involved quite a bit of sex, violence, and unlikeable characters. It also included the rambling conversational style that Mr. Pearson used so effectively in "Short History". But in...
Off for the Sweet Hereafter by T. R. Pearson (Henry Holt & Co. 1986) (Fiction – General). T.R. Pearson's second novel is a sequel to his first, A Short History of a Small Place, which was set in the fictional Neely, North Carolina. This volume focuses on the daring exploits of two hard-luck lovers who cut a memorable path and leave a trail of mayhem in their wake. My rating: 7/10, finished 1987.
Absolutely hilarious. Pearson's long, rambling sentences capture the aural rhythms of Southern speech (I would love to hear an audiobook of this novel). Recommended vacation reading (if you think you'd enjoy a mashup between William Faulker and Elmore Leonard on your next vacation)... I don't recommend reading it in the ten and fifteen minutes sessions I ended up reading it in.
I love T. R Pearson's writing style. I think he's fantastic, but this wasn't my favorite book of his. His style isn't for everyone, but I was sorry to see the book end. It's such a pleasure to be immersed in his language and the worlds he creates.
Loved this book (although more for the characters and description than the plot), but it made me realize that I will never be a true Southerner. I think Pearson should be required reading for misplaced Yankees.
My favorite of Pearson's, maybe because it was the first of his that I read. I became -and remain- hooked.
Cathy says, "could easily have been a nice short story."
This was great -not for the faint of heart, but a good read. Pearson has a interesting writing style that I enjoyed after I got used to it. Looking forward to reading more by him.
These first three...I just love 'em.
Ditto my comments on other T.R.Pearson reads.
(no. 48 of 2017) (re-read; same 3-star rating)(no 16 of 2019)no. 2 in TRP's Neely series1. Short History of a Small Place2. Off for the Sweet Hereafter 3. The Last of How It Was