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Edisto Revisited: A Novel Paperback – May 15, 1997

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There was a time when the ideal Southern gentleman was stiff in his bearing and almost Prussian in his certitude. However, Simons Manigault, Powell's upper-class creation from the Carolina coast, sloughs off with a conceit endemic to his generation of literary characters. More in keeping with the Southern stereotype, the novel begins with Simons having a short but steamy affair with first-cousin Patricia-a woman "who knew what to do with herself." This proves too much for poor recent college graduate Simons, who escapes for a series of adventures deeper south. He tries his hand at fishing in Corpus Christi, quits, and again flees, this time to visit with Taurus, Simons's alcoholic mother's former lover, who is a game warden in the deepest bayou in Louisiana. All the while he debates accepting the responsibility concomitant with adulthood. The strange settings and vivid characterizations make up for a plot that does little to advance the coming-of-age motif. Yet Powell's writing summons the climate and character of the South in a visceral way that only a few of its sons have managed. Recommended for collections of serious fiction.
Adam Mazmanian, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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For those remembering preteen Simons Manigault's ventures in South Carolina, told in Edisto (1984), the news is that he has finished college. Not wanting to start his architectural career, he idles the summer at his mother's, viewing things with premature cynicism. This Powell slowly heats into a story of torpor and incest taboo, and soon Simons has had enough of his mother and "turned-out-well" cousin. Solution: road trip to Texas and Louisiana. His Lone Star fishing project comes a cropper, and mulling over his next step atop a bar stool, Simons decides to see Taurus, his mother's ex-lover who previously initiated Simons into women and booze. An older Simons finds Taurus hanging on in the bayous, and after a humorous encounter with a too-buxom prostitute, he concludes that with nothing getting better, why not drive back to Edisto for a spell, then get that job? His cousin is still waiting, old Jake still tends the bar, and thus Powell winds up the summer of an arch and ironic character at cross purposes with himself. A stylish etching of ennui. Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks (May 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805053530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805053531
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,404,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alex on February 18, 2014
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Here's a pair of novels set at two turning points in the narrator's life. This is the second time that I've read them both, and I still have too many feelings about this one to write any semblance of a good review, so I'll just say that if you ever felt daunted by the prospect of a respectable cookie-cutter adult life, and nostalgic for the freedom of childhood, this is worth a read.
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'Edisto Revisited' is a beautifully written short novel. Compelling in style, each paragraph pulls you to the next without hesitation. The storyline is less important than the style of writing - tight and perfectly phrased. Powell gives the reader an open understanding of each character. Perfectly executed. Oh, if all writers could have Powell's gifts. I loved this book!
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Katlanta on October 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved Powell's Edisto. Based on my experience with that passionate, evocative book, I was eager to get my hands on this one. What a disappointment it was -- nothing new, just a boring, uninspired rehash of old characters, some convoluted plot contrivances, and a blase gesture of pseudo-Faulknerian scandal (the hint of incest) in a final attempt to make the book interesting. I had high hopes for this book, despite having read his whiny, pitiful Woman Named Drown. After reading Edisto Revisited, I was angry at Powell for what he had done to his troubled but beloved characters from Edisto. This book is nothing more than a sad attempt to revive a flagging career. I think he has done both the characters and the readers of Edisto a disservice by writing this book at all.
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