Shadow Country : Shadow Country Trilogy

  • by Peter Matthiessen
  • Narrated by Anthony Heald
  • Series: Shadow Country Trilogy
  • 40 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

National Book Award, Fiction, 2008
Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son. Shadow Country transverses strange landscapes inhabited by Americans of every provenance and color, including the black and Indian inheritors of archaic racism that "still casts its shadow over the nation."

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What the Critics Say

"[G]ripping, shocking, and brilliantly told....as powerful a reading experience as nearly any in our literature." (New York Review of Books)
"Magnificent and capacious....the book took my sleeve and like the ancient mariner would not let go....a breathtaking saga." (Los Angeles Times)
"[Watson] comes across as nothing short of iconic....it's difficult to find another figure in American literature so thoroughly and convincingly portrayed." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great Listen

Not something I would normally gravitate towards, but I found this trilogy totally captivating. You are torn between finding the main character a bullying, vengeful, "could-be" killer; then you jump back to his childhood and discover how awful it was and feel terrible pity for him.

The trilogy covers the life of Edgar Watson and his family, living in the early 1900s, trying to survive by producing sugar cane but thwarted at every turn by weather, poor soil, racism and economic climates.

It's a part of history I knew very little about, but will look into more of Matthiessen's novels and indeed, that era.
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- sarahmoose2000

A Rewarding listen

This is a wonderfully written, wonderfully narrated, epic, listen. The story of Ed Watson told from various perspectives including, most tellingly, his own. It's story is well covered in the synopsis and other reviews i just want to express my gratitude and admiration for an almost perfect marriage between author and narrator. The dizzying texture of the writing - deceptively simple but with similies and descriptions which make you gasp - combined with the multi layered tour de force of the narration make this a hugely rewarding experience.
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- Chris

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-02-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.