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Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader Paperback – October 8, 1993
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Find Harry Crews's work. Buy Harry Crews's work.
Doubtless, Harry Crews the man is a force of nature.
In contrast, Harry Crews the writer is a man of unadorned style with a nearly minimalist approach to fiction. His tightly-constructed sentences move along with machine-like precision. His eye is attuned to the smallest of details. And in his hands, plot is an extension of character.
The *Harry Crews Reader* is a reason to read this masterful southern writer. With grit and wit, Crews unfolds story after story of loser and scoundrel, from the unlikely tale of man who eats a car to the heart-breaking tale of Crews' own childhood. Crews depicts images that will scar the sense, tearing into a reader's subconscious and nestling there. I can't get the image of young Harry losing the skin off of his entire body after being accidentally immersed in a tub of scalding water.
Harry Crews' stories are bizarre, true--but they often teach important lessons about consumerism and the dangers of being cut off from the land. Yes--I said "teaches lessons." Our culture has conditioned us to think that stories with a point are to be dismissed as "moralizing." Nothing could be further from the truth. Harry Crews shows us that fiction can matter, even fiction from a south Georgia hell raiser.
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A terrific read! You just can't beat Harry Crews. He paints a picture you can step into (and thank God you can step back out of when you need to). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Weed Bee
Felt I wanted to try Crews. Found his writing is not my cup of tea.Published 23 months ago by dellsgirl
Crews takes you places you'd be lucky to get out of with you life, wallet and/or self-respect intact. Read morePublished 23 months ago by R. Young
Craziest book I have ever read. Discovered Crews when I read his obituary in the New York Times and
thought he would be an interesting read.
Great collection and an excellent value. I was new to Crews and would recommend this collection as an introduction to some of his best workPublished on September 2, 2013 by Chris Hancock
A huge discovery! Why Harry Crews hasn't' entered my life before his obit was published is beyond me. Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Thomas Moody