As the crowds for the Roundup start to overfill the camping area, Joe Lon feels on the inside like a barrel of snakes: "a writhing of the darkness, an incessant boiling of something thick and slow-moving." As he and his good ol' buddy get ready to wander around and check out the scene, Joe Lon says, "Just a bunch of crazy people cranking up to git crazier. But that's all right. Feel on the edge of doing something outstanding myself."
A Feast of Snakes is probably the most skillfully crafted and entertaining novel ever written in which a fed up person goes violently berserk. But Harry Crews belongs to the tradition of great Southern weird writers such as Flannery O'Connor, so A Feast of Snakes is richer than that: Crews serves up the reality of people's savage and unrelenting cruelty toward animals and toward each other, stark truths about human despair, male-female face-offs at their sexiest and most ruthless, and (here's his real genius) humor so powerful you can't help but laugh--even though it hurts when you do.
A Feast of Snakes, first published in 1976, is a dazzling and flawless horror novel. --Fiona Webster
Very well written even if the subject matter is rough. Probably much truer picture of the certain areas of the south in the 70s than one might believe but very well done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by johnac1981
Although many things in this novel have some humorous elements; it's far from a 'funny' story. Rather, it seems to be a nightmarish coagulation of very strange characters and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Wells
Horribly negative. The characters are totally perverted, sadistic and cruel to animals, humans, loved ones, etc. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Blues Guy
A FEAST OF SNAKES is a very southern novel and the northern Candadian that I am would like to tell you he understood everything about it, but I would not be honest if I said I got... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jean-Benoit Lelievre
A Feast Of Snakes is a stunning novel.
It's set in Mystic, Georgia during the build up to a Rattlesnake Roundup that's become a little too successful for the small town... Read more
I was very disappointed in this work. It provides the reader with a vile, twisted view of life in a small southern town peopled by repulsive characters with no redeeming values. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Karen H. Burnsed
This is Southern Gothic at its most extreme. I grew up in Georgia, and have known a few people like those portrayed in the book, but I've also made efforts to avoid these type of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by G. S. Thompson
Larry Brown, the deceased novelist said it best. After he read Feast of Snakes, he asked himself, "Are people allowed to write this stuff? Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brian McNally
Harry Crews is a great writer and his story and characters are compelling, but let this review serve as a warning to animal lovers. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Erika