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A Little Gem
on January 30, 2015
This book is a little gem. It's possible that you have to come from the South U.S. to totally get all the full chicken richness of Portis, but I'm betting not. Anyone with an ear for writerly fiction should get frequent little thrills from the unique narrating voice. It's not a big book, it's not a deep book, but... it's a great little book.
BTW, there was a wonderfully bad film adaptation of Norwood. Neither Glenn Campbell nor Joe Namath will be remembered for their acting skills, but young Kim Darby shines here, as she does in another film adaptation of a Portis novel, the 1969 True Grit.
The book is sweet and it's fun. It's a great time capsule at the sixties... from a rural, non-flower-child perspective... and it's certainly memorable. The narrating voice is truly masterful.
If you grew up with a connection to the rural south, circa 1950's or 1960's, or if you are a fiction writer or fiction devotee with an interest in voice, you really need to give this book a try. And, if you don't fall into either of those categories, you might still enjoy it.