By Harry Crews
From the novelist the hot Yorker referred to as "a author of striking power," A ceremonial dinner of Snakes is a wildly bizarre and breathtakingly unique stopover at to the agricultural south and the unique culture that erupts in all its glory on the Rattlesnake Roundup in Mystic, Georgia.
Joe Lon Mackey, a former All-American working again now with no function or excitement in his existence, comes to a decision that the collection of snake-hunters in his place of birth is he excellent chance to get a few realization. His look for pleasure triggers a extraordinary sequence of occasions - together with adultery, castration, suicide, and homicide - as Harry Crews once more offers a macabre, hilarious, and irrestible model of the human comedy.
"Absolutely wonderful ... Crews is within the first ranks of yank novelists." - Jonathan Yardley,The Miami Herald
"Crews ... has a funky, smelly, virtually hair-raising writing sort, deceptively basic and fluid ... plus a marvelously wry humorousness ... No variety of adjectives within the word list can do justice to the dazzlingly extraordinary nature of Crews's creations." - Kenneth Turan,The Washington publish publication World
"A dinner party of Snakes is a quick yet totally gorgeous novel, person who upon a few events left me particularly breathless." - San Francisco Chronicle
Welcome to Mystic, Georgia. This going-nowhere city hosts the yearly Rattlesnake Roundup, which draws millions of tourists for a coarse 'n' rowdy weekend of your uncomplicated primate behavior--hard ingesting, ogling bikini-clad contestants within the pass over Mystic Rattle good looks contest, having a bet on puppy fights, snake catching, and snake consuming. Meet Joe Lon Mackey. He lives in a trailer in Mystic together with his lumpy, dedicated spouse and hollerin' young'uns. His days of glory because the Boss Snake of the Mystic Rattlers soccer staff are over, and he didn't have the grades to visit collage. He's simply now figuring out that his dreary company promoting beer, bonded whiskey, and moonshine is all he's gonna get within the approach of a destiny.
As the crowds for the Roundup begin to overfill the tenting sector, Joe Lon feels at the within like a barrel of snakes: "a writhing of the darkness, an incessant boiling of whatever thick and slow-moving." As he and his stable ol' blood brother prepare to wander round and take a look at the scene, Joe Lon says, "Just a number of loopy humans cranking as much as git crazier. yet that's okay. think at the fringe of doing anything extraordinary myself."
A dinner party of Snakes is among the such a lot skillfully crafted and unique novel ever written during which a bored stiff individual is going violently berserk. yet Harry Crews belongs to the culture of significant Southern bizarre writers equivalent to Flannery O'Connor, so A banquet of Snakes is richer than that: Crews serves up the truth of people's savage and unrelenting cruelty towards animals and towards one another, stark truths approximately human depression, male-female face-offs at their sexiest and such a lot ruthless, and (here's his actual genius) humor so strong you can't support yet laugh--even even though it hurts if you do.
A banquet of Snakes, first released in 1976, is a blinding and perfect horror novel. --Fiona Webster
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