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 lifestyle 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 lifestyles, makes a decision that the collection of snake-hunters in his fatherland is he perfect chance to get a few consciousness. His look for pleasure triggers a weird and wonderful 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, stinky, nearly hair-raising writing sort, deceptively basic and fluid ... plus a marvelously wry humorousness ... No variety of adjectives within the glossary can do justice to the dazzlingly extraordinary nature of Crews's creations." - Kenneth Turan,The Washington submit publication World
"A ceremonial dinner of Snakes is a quick yet completely attractive 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 consuming, ogling bikini-clad contestants within the pass over Mystic Rattle good looks contest, making 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 crew are over, and he didn't have the grades to visit collage. He's simply now knowing 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 camping out 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 strong 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 o.k.. consider at the fringe of doing whatever amazing myself."
A banquet of Snakes is definitely one of the such a lot skillfully crafted and pleasing novel ever written within which a bored stiff individual is going violently berserk. yet Harry Crews belongs to the culture of serious Southern bizarre writers akin 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 melancholy, male-female face-offs at their sexiest and so much ruthless, and (here's his actual genius) humor so strong you can't support yet laugh--even although it hurts in the event you do.
A banquet of Snakes, first released in 1976, is a stunning and faultless horror novel. --Fiona Webster
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