By James Agee
Forty years after its unique booklet, James Agee's final novel turns out, greater than ever, an American vintage. For in his lyrical, sorrowful account of a man's loss of life and its effect on his relations, Agee painstakingly created a small international of household happiness after which confirmed how speedy and casually it may be destroyed.
On a sultry summer time evening in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his condo in Knoxville, Tennessee, to are inclined to his father, whom he believes is death. The summons seems to be a fake alarm, yet on his as far back as his relations, Jay has a automobile twist of fate and is killed immediately. Dancing from side to side in time and braiding the viewpoints of Jay's spouse, brother, and younger son, Rufus, Agee creates an overwhelmingly robust novel of innocence, tenderness, and loss that are meant to be learn aloud for the sheer song of its prose.
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He gave her his only pillow as they tucked themselves in quite separately, back to back. “You shut up, settle down, stay on your side. ” She speared her arm beneath the pillow, plumped it up, and rested her head. She had the fireside view. That was nice. So was his bare chest, she recalled. Strong, smooth, firm. Was that a bare butt just behind hers? Behind her behind? She smiled in the dark. He’d given her his pillow. He wasn’t half as tough as he made out. She was going to get her story for sure.
She had the fireside view. That was nice. So was his bare chest, she recalled. Strong, smooth, firm. Was that a bare butt just behind hers? Behind her behind? She smiled in the dark. He’d given her his pillow. He wasn’t half as tough as he made out. She was going to get her story for sure. She sighed. ” He vaulted out of bed. She went still, thinking he’d be back momentarily. When that didn’t happen, she sat up. He’d thrown a shirt on, and he was already pulling on his boots. And his butt was not bare.
But somehow it didn’t bother him. “I was sorry to see him go Hollywood,” he mused absently. ” “Sold me out? ” Not that he hadn’t thought about it during the 854 days he’d spent within prison walls, but he shook his head. ” “Out of what? ” The seriousness in her eyes made him laugh. ” “No shit? ” She leaned across the arm of her chair, toward him. Her eyes widened. ” He lifted one shoulder. “I’m sure it pays better than teaching. I heard he got some kind of benefit program going for Indian kids.
A Death in the Family by James Agee