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As Moody weaves his tale of this fateful Friday evening, he juxtaposes themes of aging, obsolescence, and physical decline with an accident at the nuclear power plant where his stepfather works. What lifts this novel above its rather depressing subject matter is Moody's unsentimental storytelling and the soaring language with which he gives his characters voice. Purple America is by turns lyrical, tragic, ferocious, and funny, and Rick Moody is a writer with a brilliant future ahead of him. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book has fantastic passages of prose, yet it seems, like many of Moody's novels, to stagger from situation to situation without much purpose. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John Willoughby
I have read a lot of mixed reviews on this book, but I must say that for the most part I loved it. It was the first book by Moody I have ever read, and I was stunned and enchanted... Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by janny
A marvellous novel written in thrilling language..one of the best American novels I've read in recent years. Read morePublished on November 9, 2008 by R. J MOSS
That Rick Moody's wordcraft is stunning cannot be denied. I had heard of him, but not read anything until he wrote an article for The Believer on the politics behind the National... Read morePublished on October 21, 2008 by Shaun Mason
I hate it when an author makes it painfully obvious how much thought he put into certain things. Names, for instance. "Hex Raitliffe" Oh- I get it! Read morePublished on August 14, 2008 by C. Kearns
Moody's novel, Purple America bored me. There is a sure reason for the low price.
Yes, his character's are dysfunctional. Read more
Reading Rick Moody's Purple America is like spying on a dysfunctional family's bathroom, you see everything. Read morePublished on August 9, 2004 by Kindle Customer
This is the most complete, nuanced, and beautiful work I've read by Rick Moody. It's jammed with his witty observations, scathing cynicism, and ironic beauty, and it's a great... Read morePublished on January 5, 2004