Welcome to Mystic, Georgia. This going-nowhere town hosts the annual Rattlesnake Roundup, which attracts thousands of visitors for a rough 'n' rowdy weekend of your basic primate behavior--hard drinking, ogling bikini-clad contestants in the Miss Mystic Rattle beauty contest, betting on dog fights, snake catching, and snake eating. Meet Joe Lon Mackey. He lives in a trailer in Mystic with his lumpy, devoted wife and two hollerin' young'uns. His days of glory as the Boss Snake of the Mystic Rattlers football team are over, and he didn't have the grades to go to college. He's just now realizing that his dreary business selling beer, bonded whiskey, and moonshine is all he's gonna get in the way of a destiny.
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
First Harry Crews I have read and It will not be the last. I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I really do not know what to say. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Aaron V. Mcneese
Harry Crews destroyed me, in the best possible way, with this book. A fierce unflinching look into the frighteningly mundane, violent lives of the peoplef in a small Georgia town. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DJ Wilson
This novel/novella will not be for everyone. It is gritty, raw, dirty, and the characters have very little redeeming qualities. It is Southern Grit Lit turned up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brandon
this book will dig down to your core, stomp on it, and spit it out...if you can take it, read itPublished 7 months ago by danny johnson
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 14 months 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 15 months ago by A. Wells
Horribly negative. The characters are totally perverted, sadistic and cruel to animals, humans, loved ones, etc. Read morePublished 21 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 on August 31, 2013 by 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