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“Magnificent . . . Rick Moody is that rare writer who can make the language do tricks and still suffuse his narrative with soul.” —Esquire
“A tough, funny, gorgeously detailed domestic thriller . . . The stuff of classical tragedy, told in insistent, laser-bright prose. Reading it is a transfiguring experience.” —TheBaltimore Sun
“How Moody balances his comedy and his pathos is a wonder.” —New York magazine
“By turns utterly harrowing and guiltily hilarious . . . An emotional roller coaster destined to be considered one of the fictional achievements of a generation.” —Details
“Moody confirms with Purple America that he is a writer of immense gifts.” —The Examiner (San Francisco)
“Extraordinary . . . Moody’s prose dazzles. . . . He renders each character so empathetically that soon each is gripped tight within our sympathy.” —Chicago Tribune
“Darkly hilarious . . . Moody’s sentences travel great distances; they knock the breath out of you. So does Purple America.” —Mirabella
About the Author
- ASIN : B016VNIGPK
- Publisher : Open Road Media (November 10, 2015)
- Publication date : November 10, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4295 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #545,038 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As someone who has recently dealt with a huge loss in my life I related somewhat to the protagonist, Hex, a man in his late thirties who hasn't done much with his life and is called home to care for his very sick mother. Moody captures the mood (no pun intended) here perfectly. Throughout the book, all of the characters go through several changes of heart...big, huge whiplashes in decision making, and Moody pulls the reader into their dilemmas, which is something that is so difficult to do as a writer. I felt empathy for all of the characters in this book.
I will say that the second to last chapter could have been the last, although I see what Moody was trying to do. Also, the use of italics was, well, a little bit excessive. But those are both small things compared to the weight of the words, emotions, and happenings contained in this book. If you aren't willing to read about regular people who have been crushed by life dealing with difficult things, then don't read the book, but to me it highlighted the humanness of all of us, the way human regret, make rash decisions, and are all just looking for love. I loved this book.
In Purple America Moody chooses a strange picaresque about a family disintegrating on many levels. He uses beautiful rich language and ever-changing viewpoints to tell the story, with a very clever switch of veiwpoint at the end that shows the chops of a top-drawer writer. If forced at gunpoint I would compare this book to As I Lay Dying. Although it is told from the points of view of fewer characters, Moody definitely rides the fences of Faulkner country, and is able to put the reader so effectively in the mood of the character that you actually feel the character's emotions through his wordcraft. For example, one character stutters, and Moody writes e-e-e-e-each stutter on the actual page, forcing you to read each stutter, and hence experience the frustration of those listening to him, and his own frustration with his unfortunate impediment. By the end of the story you really want the stuttering to stop, but not as much as the stuttering character does, which feeds his actions that make perfect sense to the reader because the frustration is shared.
Another thing Moody is able to do that I haven't really seen since Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis, is that he can write slapstick physical humor. There are scenes without dialogue that have you laughing out loud.
Purple America is the rendering of an absolute master of narrative technique. He can make the themes of a one family the themes of all families, his language is dazzling and humorous, and he has no fear of the most basic human needs and desires. This book astounds.