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Captain Maximus Hardcover – April 12, 1985

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (April 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394544587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394544588
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
Barry Hannah, Captain Maximus (Penguin, 1985)
Barry Hannah is America's most sadly neglected literary author since John Fante, and that's a shame. Hannah's place in literary history should be carved in rock, if for no other reason than having written one of the world's few absolutely perfect novels in The Tennis Handsome; had he retired after that, he should have been able to retire secure in the fact that his literary legacy would stand as long as humanity does. But he kept writing, and every once in a while he'd turn out another wonderful and overlooked gem. The short story collection Captain Maximus is without doubt one of them.
Hannah hands us a small (too small, for my tastes, but you can't have everything; it runs ninety-two pages in trade paperback) collection of stories, many of which had only appeared in limited runs or places one normally doesn't find short stories (for example, the newspaper) before appearing here. Spanning the first half of the eighties, the collection shows once again why Barry Hannah should be hoisted on the shoulders of the literary establishment to tapdance on the heads of vacuous New York Times bestseller list residents; his characters are savage, unrepentant, funny, mixed-up, and above all fiercely intelligent and with a finely-honed sense of the ironies of their existences. Most of the stories here are only a few pages long, but still manage to pack a wallop. As a side note, this is unmistakably work of that genre known as "southern fiction;" had a genetic engineer taken the best parts of the creative genes of Flannery O'Connor and mated them with the same from Faulkner, they might have gotten Barry Hannah (or, at least, the oddly fraternal twins of Hannah and Ferrol Sams).
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Barry Hannah is a one of a kind voice in Southern Letters. Shocking, grotesque, funny, and uniquely Southern, Hannah's stories delight, and surprise. His characters are desperate, amoral, lost, sage, human, and otherworldly. They walk the landscape of south like the prized pets that we Southerner's treat our crazy relatives as.

This is not a collection for the faint of heart. If you are a fan of Barry Hannah's work, you will love this collection. If you're new to Hannah's work, Airships might be a better introduction. Either way, Captain Maximus is a fine collection of short stories from one of the South's best living authors.
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There is not much to say about this writer except he is the best!!! Excellent!
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