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Raintree County ... Which Had No Boundaries in Time and Space, Where Lurked Musical and Strange Names and Mythical and Lost Peoples, and Which Was its Hardcover – June, 1948
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''An achievement of art and purpose, a cosmically brooding book full of significance and beauty.'' --New York Times
''[A] candidate for that mythical honor, the Great American Novel, Raintree County displays unflagging industry [and] a...magnificent vitality.'' --Saturday Review
''No myth is more imposing than the Great American Novel; but if it is truly unattainable, I believe that Ross Lockridge made closer approach than any other writer has, before or since.'' --Fort Worth Star-Telegram
''(Narrator)Lloyd James does a wonderful job reading this book, providing an excellent narrative and a wide range of voices for the various characters. This is an excellent match between a great novel and a narrator who seems to understand the book perfectly. While the book is long, it's well worth listening to.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
ROSS LOCKRIDGE, JR. (1914-1948) was born and raised in Indiana, graduating from Indiana University. In 1937 he married his high-school sweetheart and they had four children. He is most noted for Raintree County, often considered one of the great American novels. Suffering from profound, and largely unrecognized, depression, he committed suicide two months after the novel's publication. His obituary appeared on the front page of the New York Times. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The book is a hidden gem, a buried treasure almost as long forgotten as the ficticious Indiana county itself until it was recently reprinted.
"Hard roads and wide will run through Raintree County. You will hunt it on the map but it won't be there. For Raintree County is not the country of the perishable fact. It is the country of the enduring fiction. The clock in the Court House Tower on page 5 of the Raintree County Altas is always fixed at nine o'clock, and it is summer and the days are long."
"Raintree County...which had no boundaries in time and space, where lurked musical and strange names and mythical and lost peoples, and which was itself only a name musical and strange."
It is indeed a magical book which has touched me in multiple ways. I will say the musical soundtrack of the movie is well done - haunting and touching. In order to do this book justice, they would have needed about a 20 hour miniseries format along with brilliant producers and directors and a talented cast and, oh yeah a ton of money. Don't let the mediocrity of the 50s film stop you from exposing yourself to this great read! And by the way, get yourself a copy of the book before it goes out of print again. The paperbook version now available was reprinted in 2007 but the book was out of print for quite a while before that. I think this book should be required reading by high school seniors or, if nothing else, college lit courses.
Regardless of format, this is a long novel which requires quite a commitment of time to read - not unlike GONE WITH THE WIND or ATLAS SHRUGGED or WAR AND PEACE - but it is worth it to persevere to the last page. :0)
It is truly a wonderful read, so much that over the years I've made it a practice to buy inexpensive copies and give them to friends. The book's description about the time on the courthouse clock as well as the larger expression in which the description is contained say it all.
I discovered the story as a romantic teenager when it was made into a lush, if somewhat overheated movie. Johnny Shaughnessy (Montgomery Clift) became my dream man. Then I discovered the book itself and I fell in love with words well crafted.
Thank you Ross Lockridge for your genius and depth of soul and thanks to the publisher and Amazon for continuing to make it available.
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That’s a pretty equivocal statement, especially when one considers the herculean effort Lockridge put into...Read more