A New York Times Notable Book I can t remember coming across a precise evocation of innocence lost since Golding s The Lord of the Flies With The Death of Sweet Mister, Daniel Woodrell has written his masterpiece spare, dark, and incandescently beautiful It broke my heart Dennis Lehane, best selling author of Mystic River Put The Death of Sweet MisterA New York Times Notable Book I can t remember coming across a precise evocation of innocence lost since Golding s The Lord of the Flies With The Death of Sweet Mister, Daniel Woodrell has written his masterpiece spare, dark, and incandescently beautiful It broke my heart Dennis Lehane, best selling author of Mystic River Put The Death of Sweet Mister on the shelf alongside Faulkner, Jim Thompson, and Cormac McCarthy With this one, Mr Woodrell has earned himself a piece of immortality George Pelecanos, best selling author of The Way Home The Death of Sweet Mister holds its own against anything in the canon of American literature This is a book I d place alongside Faulkner s The Reivers or Hemingway s Big Two Hearted River Kaye Gibbons, best selling author of Ellen Foster The Death of Sweet Mister is a strong contender for my all time favorite novel, crime or otherwise Allan Guthrie, Edgar Award nominated author of Slammer Fiery, poetic, hair raising Los Angeles Times Compelling Woodrell s descriptions seem real and alive and linger long after reading The Boston Globe Woodrell s Ozarks are cut as cleanly as Flannery O Connor s Georgia and pocked with characters just as volatile and proud and unpredictable Chicago Tribune Set in the Missouri hill country, The Death of Sweet Mister presents one eventful summer in the life of Shug, a friendless, overweight thirteen year old living with his mother Glenda in the caretaker s cottage at the local cemetery.
The Death of Sweet Mister A New York Times Notable Book I can t remember coming across a precise evocation of innocence lost since Golding s The Lord of the Flies With The Death of Sweet Mister Daniel Woodrell has written his
If Flannery O Connor is the Sophocles of Southern lowlife, then Daniel Woodrell is the Seneca This deceptively colloquial Ozark tale full of artful rhetoric, black ironies and blood is treated in such a pitiless Olympian fashion that the result is mythic than tragic Shuggie and his mother Glenda leave their mark on each other, and they will leave their mark on you too.
The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell is the August 2016 choice for post 1980 read by the Southern literary trail group After reading a preview of the book, it did not look like a story that would interest me, but when group members praised the book, I decided to read it for myself Despite Woodrell s extraordinary story telling ability, The Death of Sweet Mister was not a story that I enjoyed reading For that, I rate it 3 stars 1.5 for the bleak story and 4.5 for the prose I could tell fr [...]
5 heartbreaking, desolate and organic stars 7th Favorite Read of 2016 Tie This is a book Tennessee Williams would be proud to have written A novel that reads like both a play and poetry A story that is both tragic and yet everyday.The writing and flow of this book are superb An Ozark family drama with such clear finely drawn characters that you can reach out and touch them, talk to them and due to their high dysfunction likely run from them.Shugie Morris is 13 His momma calls him Sweet Mister an [...]
The Death of Sweet Mister God Bless the Child That s Got His OwnThe Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell is nominated as a group read for August, 2016, for the group On the Southern Literary Trail The polls are open This is just one of the exceptional nominations being considered Interested Drop by Sit a spell If you re inclined, walk the Trail with us What would you like to read There s always plenty to choose from along the Southern Trail My thanks to Trail Member Carol of Cary, North Caro [...]
Holy crap I may need to read some Cormac McCarthy to cheer up after this one.
This is one of the bleakest, saddest, most hopeless stories I have ever read It tore at my heart What amazes me the most is how well Daniel Woodrell presents the complicated dynamics between Red, Glenda and Shug and how clearly we see that the good heart in Shug is never going to be allowed to exist in this sordid world he occupies I began to mourn him on page one.Woodrell employs exactly the right sharp, staccato, unvarnished writing style that his subject demands He puts his words in the mouth [...]
Dear Casual Readers, this is not a book you are going to want to read But if you can muster your resolve, get your boots on, and stomach it, the powerful writing of Daniel Woodrell will knock said boots right off your feet.I don t have a background in classics I m a science geek who just happens to love fiction Until recently I didn t know that there was a genre called Southern Gothic or if I d heard the term, I d probably think it meant some sort of ghost story set in a decrepit antebellum hous [...]
You wake up in this here world, my sweet li l mister, you got to wake up tough You go out that front door tough of a mornin and you stay tough til lights out have you learned that Shug Akins learns the hard way, between the beatings delivered by his father Red and the pampering of his mother Glenda To the first, he is just a lazy, fat, soft teenager that needs to have some sense punched into him Red goes to regular school, but we learn almost nothing about that side of his life His real apprenti [...]
I can t do it I can t review this book It was brutal, but beautiful at the same time Shug and Glenda are two of the saddest creatures in literature Daniel Woodrell is the only author I know who could tell their story.
Oedipus Rex ShugDrug and alcohol addiction, poverty, violence and murder, child and wife abuse, even incest it s all here Yes, the subject matter is horrifying, but I absolutely loved this mercilessly brutal and yet somehow still tender and touching novel in which a long suffering victim of an extremely dysfunctional family and a toxic environment comes of age and seals his own fate While I enjoyed Tomato Red which deals with many of the same themes , I think Woodrell s writing is superior in th [...]
Just as in his novel Winter s Bone, in this book author Daniel Woodrell moves beyond usual modern noir, and into something closer to rural tragedy set in his world of the Missouri Ozark mountains This Oedipal tale is about the relationship between young Shug Akins and his mother Glenda Glenda is attractive and apparently irresistible to the opposite sex, which is a sad situation because she makes terrible decisions when it comes to men.Granny said Mom could make Hello, there sound so sinful you [...]
English review behind.Ohne jede ChanceErz hlt wird diese ersch tternde Geschichte aus der Sicht des 13 j hrigen Shug, von seiner Mutter liebevoll Sweet Mister genannt Er w chst im S den Missouris heran, ein Au enseiter ohne Freunde und Bezugspersonen, ohne Werte und Orientierung Glenda, seine Mutter, kommt mit ihrem eigenen Leben nicht klar, h ngt an der Flasche und tr umt von besseren Zeiten Red, der gewaltt tige und unberechenbare Vater zwingt Shug mit auf Diebestour zu gehen Bei diesen Einbr [...]
This is an unforgettable book.Many reviewers have likened this story to Oedipus Rex I agree, but I also think that the sweet innocence of Shug versus his odd relationship with his mother gives this story a depth that most stories don t possess.Shug is a 13 year old obese outcast, and is probably on the autism spectrum His mother is an alcoholic who uses her sexuality to get what she thinks she needs out of a situation, which blurs the healthy lines that exist between mother and son naturally.His [...]
A novel about the metaphorical death of Sweet Mister also known as Shug Akins a sad, overweight, 13 year old boy growing up in the seamiest group that ever lived in the Ozarks, yet is fully able to adeptly narrate a harshly lyrical story based mostly on his forced voyeurism It s all here , his pathetic attention seeking alcoholic mother Glenda who coddles him and her womanizing ,criminal ,and abusive boyfriend Red who uses him as a punching bag Also aboard are drugs, foul play, innuendo and ince [...]
I could call this book a coming of age story, but I won t It s not necessarily the wrong way to put it, but our death of Sweet Mister transitioning to his proper name, Morris, is ironic than anything else.What is it about books that show us the misery and shit in people s lives that really make us cringe, smile, laugh, howl and think about for days afterwards that cause us to think, Damn, that was good It s human nature, my friends Human fucking nature We re all screwed up to some degree some o [...]
All my favourite writers are favourites for different reasons Tartt for her ability to weave a story sometimes about nothing, Winterson for her heady prose and now Woodrell along with Donald Ray Pollock for his ability to punch you in the stomach, only to walk away and leave you wanting Give me grit, give me all of the gnarly, mucky gritty shit.As much as I get a kick out of listening to say, Stephen Fry speak his clever vocabulary, the pompous roll of his words I have started appreciating the [...]
I saw the Southern Literary group on GR was reading this one for August I knew nothing of this book or the author I read a few reviews on the book and it sounded quite interesting, so I figured I would check it out I have been wanting to read southern literature I was surprised by how much I was drawn into this book The title is quite true of the main character You see the death, figuratively, of sweet mister, aka The story is about a 13 year old boy, Shug, who should be a child, playing and lo [...]
The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel WoodrellRed, Glenda and Shug Sweet Mister Morris live in the middle of a cemetery in a caretaker s capacity Shug does all the manual labor of mowing the grass on a tractor and using a push lawn mower to fit in between the tombstones His mother Glenda is always intoxicated on her tea , which is really rum and cola Red his stand in father uses him to commit crimes for him like stealing people s prescription drugs while the people are home Red is emotionally and [...]
This excellently written novel by Daniel Woodrell is about as warm and fuzzy as ground glass In reading it I am reminded of something else Dennis Lehane once said, that In Greek tragedy they fall from great heights in noir they fall from the curb Shug Akins never even made it to the curb.
Reason for Reading This may sound weird but, I enjoy reading well written depressing books I have never read this author before nor actually even heard of him, but he caught my eye when I saw that the publisher had reprinted all his works in a new line of trade paperbacks I had a hard time deciding which book to try first but this one seemed to fit my interests well and it was short so a good one to try a new author It is really hard to use words such as I liked or I enjoyed with such a brutal a [...]
An Ozarkian Greek tragedy so mythic it could be carved in stone, but presented in such disarming voice it becomes an earthy delight filled with humor, sadness, and innocence lost presented in language of exquisite cadence and rhythm That voice is Shug s, a overweight 13 year old who s relation with his childlike mother Glenda and the oppressive father figure Red is the center of the story His daily life consists of food, raiding drugs from sick people for Red , caretaking a graveyard where they [...]
This is a boys account,from a modern day underbelly family, he s a overweight teen living with a stepfather who dishes out violence drugs and alcohol He watches his mother, who he admires and cares for, get beaten up by his stepfather and used by men for sexual purposes, eventually he feels if everyone has a slice of mom why can t I His affection and attraction goes beyond being her son and eventually his mother gives in to his love which is quite shockingre2read review the death of sweet mister [...]
I have the sneaking suspicion that Woodrell has pulled a parlor trick and the room hasn t noticed it This is a deceptively simple, short, easy to read novel but I am certain that its economy is hard won by reductive wordsmithing First I must confess that I am positively biased, since this man represents my state and people, and I ve met him twice, albeit very briefly, at book signings I ve also read most his repertoire and have been hoarding this and a couple for a future date when I m in certa [...]
I truly enjoyed this Even the darkest parts I ve only read Winter s Bone by this author, and I liked the same thing about both novels Even the most casual observance of a frog, a dirt road, a sound from an insect, is a thing of beauty Even seemingly mundane parlance of the dregs of humanity is delivered as prose Because there is a constant undercurrent of inhumanity, barbarity, cruelness, any moment of calm is accepted as a kindness or even affection Raised in the hill country of the Ozarks, Shu [...]
Isolated and friendless, 13 year old Shug lives with his drunk and reckless mother Glenda near a cemetery Forced to do drug errands for his abusive, low life father Red and his buddy Basil , Shug s view of normal is quite distorted His oft drunk mother adds no sense of balance to Shug s point of view When a slick stranger Jimmy Vin rides into scene with his Thunderbird, things go even off balance.There s a definitive rawness to The Death of Sweet Mister, but Woodrell handles the uncomfortable a [...]
Powerful witness Completely chronological narrator, Shugs at 13 He is a son, obese, and you read his every thought and observation His cognition, his emotive life, his self identity it changes.This first person chronological narration is pivotal for the power in this piece I ll say no until the Southern group read for August 2016.He becomes little different than the shot frogs.Dark Brutal.
Our house looked as if it had been painted with jumbo crayons by a kid with wild hands who enjoyed bright colors but lost interest fast That kid was me, in general, and I did try any paint we had in the shed good book, great writing sort of flannery o connor meets james m cain, with jim thompson running around planting dynamite here and there.i have a feeling that in a couple weeks that 4 star rating is either going to go up to 5 or down to 3 depends on how it all settles helluva story, though.
At first, I will admit, I was somewhat relieved to learn that Sweet Mister was a 13 year old boy, and not a beloved pet,who was going to die And poor Sweet Mister does die, but only figuratively.The reader watches as Sweet Mister moves from the relative innocence of his youth to his emergence as a bit of a monster, a carbon copy of the man who raised him.Reading Daniel Woodrell is always a visit to a desolate, desperate world full of characters you hope aren t real, but deep down you know they a [...]
In the community where I grew up there happened to be a part of the county called the bloody 8th The 8th was a reference to the old voting district and the bloody was a mostly exaggerated but not entirely reference to the carnal bad stuff that went down there Us city kids weren t welcome, and generally made it a point to avoid it at all times Well the worst of the populous within my boyhood Bloody 8th would be upstanding citizens compared to the cast in this little jaunt through the Ozarks Bad s [...]
Just finished this book and enjoyed it A mystery, set in the Ozarks This was a re read I started in Dec and finished it this morning From This is Daniel Woodrell s third book set in the Ozarks and, like the other two, Give Us a Kiss and Tomato Red, it peels back the layers from lives already made bare by poverty and petty crime, exposing the reader to the raw everyday hopes and fears of the poor and the helpless.Told through the voice of an overweight 13 year old boy named Shuggy Atkins, this is [...]