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About the Author

Barry Hannah s eleven other books include the collections High Lonesome and Airships, which is regarded as a modern classic. He has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was nominated for the American Book Award for Ray and the National Book Award for Geronimo Rex, which won the William Faulkner Prize. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1st Grove Press ed edition (April 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802135692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802135698
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kevin Rogers on December 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Barry Hannah is the most successful graduate of the English Department at Mississippi College, however, you will be hard-pressed to find his name mentioned there today. The main reason is this book. This book is largely an autobiography of Hannah, and who knows how much of it is true? The college in the book is Mississippi College, and Hannah's criticisms are honest and embellishing, as are the other observations that he makes in this journey of a book. Geronimo Rex is strangely compelling, and Hannah pulled me right into his head as he tells this story of growing up in the world. Good book, and a must read for anyone from Mississippi College.
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By A Customer on October 27, 2000
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I am not a student of fiction (though I am an avid reader), but I have rarely enjoyed a book so much as Hannah's Geronimo Rex. His ability for phrasing is unbelieveable (limp, like a wet shoelace draped over a fence) and his ability to mesmerize you with his characters' thoughts made this book one of the best I've ever picked up.
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I finished this book a week ago, and it's still difficult to get my mind around. I may come back later to change my rating. The nicest thing I can say about Harry Monroe, the protagonist in Barry Hannah's first novel, is that he is a product of his times. The story takes place in the fifties and sixties -- in Louisiana and Mississippi -- a time and place when it must have been more acceptable to be a misogynist.Harry calls girls "roaches," and I don't think he respected any female in his life. Harry isn't exactly racially enlightened either. He and his buddies drop the n-word regularly, but he's practically a member of the Rainbow Coalition compared to his white supremacist foe. A privileged kid, Harry spends a lot of time in the book wasting his parents' money as he tries to figure out what to do with his life. Still, Hannah's humorous characters and enjoyable dialogue redeemed this book. I think. Warning: the Kindle version I downloaded on Amazon was so poorly proofed, I'm not sure it had been proofed at all.
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By A Customer on March 9, 1999
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This is Barry Hannah's coming of age novel and it is quite fine. The prose is more straigtforward, more traditional than most of his other stuff. It was his first novel and should not be missed by anyone who loves his work.
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See the title.
Anyways, the book's about this guy whose dad is a foreman, so he's rich, and he doesn't know what he wants to do. He hears these great bands play so he thinks he wants to do music, and he follows that dream for a while, stops, starts again, meets geniuses he can't possibly measure up to, tries to get back on the straight and narrow, stops again, almost dies multiple times, starts carrying a gun around and wearing a dramatic scarf to look like a bandit, and, in the end, gets just barely that little bit calmer.
The book is imbued with the South, and there are countless good turns of phrase in it. I had someone loan me this book after I told them how much I idolized DFW for a month or so, and Hannah isn't DFW, but that's not the worst thing ever. [All writers are themselves ... hooray!] In the end, I enjoyed this a lot more than Catcher in the Rye - it's more realistic, and Hannah is more lyrical than Salinger [IMHO]. I have to say, though, that it was very reminiscent of that book ... if I hadn't read that first I would probably have a much higher opinion of this.
Worth a read, if nothing else. The fiction that nobody reads ... if this book is any indication, it's somewhat depressing that his stuff isn't more widely read. He died on March 1st, people! Everyone should be snapping up his works like hotcakes now![I didn't know he'd died until ... right now, actually. Go wikipedia.] Read it, you won't regret it.
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Great reading by a good old fashioned southern writer. Gets right to the heart of the stories without much ado.
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Quality writing, enjoyed the book. The Kindle edition seemed poorly edited, however. Artifacts from the conversion process such as missing punctuation and letter replacement got distracting after a while.
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