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Woe to Live on
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Five of Daniel Woodrell's eight published novels were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Tomato Red won the PEN West Award for the Novel in 1999. Woodrell lives in the Ozarks near the Arkansas line with his wife, Katie Estill.

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PRAISE FOR WOE TO LIVE ON

"[A] fine novel...Daniel Woodrell has captured the devastation of war and, more importantly, the twisting of men's minds." "United Press International""
PRAISE FOR WOE TO LIVE ON
"[A] fine novel...Daniel Woodrell has captured the devastation of war and, more importantly, the twisting of men's minds." "United Press International""
PRAISE FOR WOE TO LIVE ON

"[A] fine novel...Daniel Woodrell has captured the devastation of war and, more importantly, the twisting of men's minds."--United Press International


"The violence is fast and understated, and bawdy humor relieves the story's intensity."--Kansas City Star
"A renegade Western...that celebrates the genre while bushwhacking its most cherished traditions...Jake Roedel recites his tale of woe in an improbably rustic idiom, with a malignant humor and a hip sensibility that are wise beyond his years and way ahead of his times."--Chicago Tribune
"Woodrell pins it down just right...speaks to the universal cruelty of civil war."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In the opening scene of this well-read tale of the Civil War on the Kansas/Missouri border, Jake Roedel describes the country scene poetically before he coldly shoots a teenage German immigrant in the back. The juxtaposition of lyrical descriptions and brutal violence shocks the listener from the beginning and sets the stage for Jake's narrative of rough partisan warfare in which savagery is conventional. Near the story's end, Jake participates in Quantrill's massacre at Lawrence, KS, and finally disgusted with mayhem, begins to realize that life can hold more than killing. But can he even imagine a new life? Reader Bernard Setaro Clark does a terrific job with the voices-soft Southern country drawls for this group of Missouri guerrillas when in repose and harsh gutturals at moments of crisis. The 1987 book was the basis for Ang Lee's 1999 film Ride with the Devil. VERDICT Recommended for all audio collections.-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Williamsburg, VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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