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Book Title: Montée aux Enfers|
The author of the book: Percival Everett
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.89 MB
Date of issue: March 5th 2014
ISBN 13: 9782330030667
Read full description of the books Montée aux Enfers:I don’t know how Percival Everett made it on to recommended reading list, but I downloaded Assumptions and launched into what seemed like a well-done, standard, diverting mystery. I continued to think that’s what I had in my hands right through the first novella-length account of Deputy Ogden Walker’s investigation of various criminal activities in and around Plata, New Mexico. I figured I’d stumbled on to a skilled Tony Hillerman, who actually knew how to create characters and plots instead of Hollywood scenarios out of the high desert. I continued to think so
right through the second Ogden Walker adventure, my appreciation building at how Everett could make the idea of a black lawman in that white/Hispanic/Indian country seem odd and organic at the same time. Then I finished the third tale--and the book--and I started backtracking.
The ending was such a shock, I couldn’t understand how we got there. Until I began to see how Everett had so carefully planted the seeds, the clues, among the seeming conventions (you might call them cliches) of his detective novel. Ogden Walker is a loner. Fine--that’s one of the standard characteristics of the mystery’s protagonist, especially when you add the fact that he’s a rare black among the populace. He’s also a fly fisherman. Many of these guys have interesting hobbies. He has an odd guy for a boss--most literary detectives have eccentric sheriffs as a foil.
But if you do read this book, keep your eyes open for things that don’t add up. For missing spaces in various puzzles. I predict that you’ll be as confused as I was and am about what actually happened along the way. It’s one thing to have an unreliable first-person narrator, but an unreliable omniscient narrator (Not Dickens--omniscient, the close-third kind of omniscient)--now that’s a challenge. Mostly, I’d regard this as a gimmick that is meant to trick and manipulate the reader. In this case, I just think Everett is damn smart, and that Assumption is art reflecting reality at its most subtle and deceiving and surprising. I did try to justify an interpretation that included the assumption in the sense of Virgin Mary ascending into heaven, but didn’t find it. Maybe you will. As for myself, I’m off into another Percival Everett. He could be my author discovery of 2012.
Read information about the authorPercival L. Everett (born 1956) is an American writer and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.
There might not be a more fertile mind in American fiction today than Everett’s. In 22 years, he has written 19 books, including a farcical Western, a savage satire of the publishing industry, a children’s story spoofing counting books, retellings of the Greek myths of Medea and Dionysus, and a philosophical tract narrated by a four-year-old.
The Washington Post has called Everett “one of the most adventurously experimental of modern American novelists.” And according to The Boston Globe, “He’s literature’s NASCAR champion, going flat out, narrowly avoiding one seemingly inevitable crash only to steer straight for the next.”
Everett, who teaches courses in creative writing, American studies and critical theory, says he writes about what interests him, which explains his prolific output and the range of subjects he has tackled. He also describes himself as a demanding teacher who learns from his students as much as they learn from him.
Everett’s writing has earned him the PEN USA 2006 Literary Award (for his 2005 novel, Wounded), the Academy Award for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award (for his 2001 novel, Erasure), the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature (for his 1996 story collection, Big Picture) and the New American Writing Award (for his 1990 novel, Zulus). He has served as a judge for, among others, the 1997 National Book Award for fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1991.
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