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Only Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle, could have written a novel as passionately delightful as Southern Discomfort. Here is a witty, warm and pentrating tale of two decades in Montgomery Alabama--a world where all is not what it seems. Meet Hortensia Reedmuller Banastre, a beautiful woman entrenched on old money, white magnolia and a loveless marriage--until she meets an utterly gorgeous young prizefighter. Amid such memorable characters as Banana Mae Parker and Blue Rhonda Latrec (two first-class whores) and Reverend Linton Ray (who wears his clerical collar too tightly for anyone's good), Hortensia struggles to survive the hurricane of emotions caused by her scandalous love. How she ultimately triumphs is a touching and beautiful human drama--an intense and exuberant affair of the heart.

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Only Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle, could have written a novel as passionately delightful as Southern Discomfort.  Here is a witty, warm and pentrating tale of two decades in Montgomery Alabama--a world where all is not what it seems.  Meet Hortensia Reedmuller Banastre, a beautiful woman entrenched on old money, white magnolia and a loveless marriage--until she meets an utterly gorgeous young prizefighter.  Amid such memorable characters as Banana Mae Parker and Blue Rhonda Latrec (two first-class whores) and Reverend Linton Ray (who wears his clerical collar too tightly for anyone's good), Hortensia struggles to survive the hurricane of emotions caused by her scandalous love.  How she ultimately triumphs is a touching and beautiful human drama--an intense and exuberant affair of the heart.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Revised edition (May 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553274465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553274462
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,496,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Devlin on February 14, 2000
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And that's saying something cause I've read almost all of them, and loved most! The characters in this novel are so vivid and well developed you'll finish the novel feeling like you know them personally. Fast, smart, funny and ultimately heartbreaking (I cried for an hour after the ending), this is definitely a must for any fan of Rita Mae Brown.
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Rita Mae Brown's Southern Discomfort is warm and fuzzy in all the good ways. She earns the pleasurable feelings from her readers through the creation of her dazzling cast of characters and spinning them through a marvelous narrative. I laughed and I cried and sometimes often at the same time. The author writes beautifully and easily allows the reader to soak into the Southern pool of charm she creates. I have enjoyed many of her novels but this is the one that always draws me back. It is the perfect novel for a summer day sipping a mint julep and wondering how eccentric your friends and neighbours could be if only they were Southern.
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Southern Discomfort is pure delight that is enhanced by author Rita Mae Brown�s wit, wacky characters, wild tales, and wonderful writing style. Southern Discomfort spans two decades in Montgomery, AL, in which beautiful, old-money Hortensia (married) meets the man of her dreams: a spectacularly gorgeous young prizefighter. You�ve got your small-town scandal, complete with Banana Mae and Blue Rhonda, a couple of high-class whores. Wonderful writing accents this surprisingly touching story.
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By A Customer on May 24, 2002
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One of my favorite books of all time. I laughed and laughed...when my father read it, even he was rolling on the floor in stitches!
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The beginning is a little tough to get going with.
The characters are phenomenal, primarily their names which are a story of their own.
I feel as though every plot and sub plot in this novel can be a book on its own.
The ending is disturbing in a good and bad way.
If you want a good read look no further. You wont be putting this book down after you get through the first half
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This book was a little different than the other Rita Mae Brown books i've read, but just as enjoyable.
It takes place during the 20's in a southern town... and tells the story of people from all walks of life - blacks, the wealthy whites, and some white prostitutes. She tells the story of each group of people in a very authentic way and gives each group a sense of pride. And of course... the stories mingle as the characters begin mingling outside theor social circles.
The way i'd say this book was different than some of her others (and i've read about 10), is that it's more... well... more like a soap opera. (along the lines of V.C. Andrews). There is incestual sex, illigitamate pregnancies, etc.
This book was definately fun to read though... and has a beautiful message...
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It is difficult for me to dislike anything which is well written, let alone a book with characters named "Blue Rhonda Latrec" "Hercules" and "Banana Mae." Hercules, a 16 year-old black youth in segregated society, has a few trysts with a white, "society" woman many years his senior; only to die shortly in a railway accident, but not before impregnating the older white woman. This smacks a little contrived, as does Rita Mae's overuse of cliches, but the book is still a joy to read. The author writes characters SO well that I find it difficult to dislike this book except for a few complaints (probably because I'm a man and don't understand women :). And as a former Virginian, I love anything which excoriates my former state--yet manages to keep ALL humanity in full flower. I preferred "Venus Envy" and "Rubyfruit Jungle," but "Southern Discomfort" remains a minor treasure!
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By Su-Z-Q on January 18, 2010
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This book was both hilarious and very sad. It spanned a broad range of topics and emotions. There was a large cast but characters were very easy to get to know and it was easy to form opinions about them. There were several surprises in the book from near the beginning to the very end, some easy to predict and some came as a real suprise to me. Much of it was a real cultural learning experience for me- a New Englander! I would recommend it for the laughter and the tears. It is a fairly fast read, though complex, and I had trouble putting it down.
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