Before Shelby Foote undertook his epic history of the Civil War he wrote this fictional chronicle-"a landscape in narrative"-of Jordan County, Mississippi, a place where the traumas of slavery, war, and Reconstruction are as tangible as rock formations. The seven stories in Jordan County move backward in time, from 1950 to 1797, and through the lives of characters as diverse as a black horn player doomed by tuberculosis and convulsive jealousy, a tormented and ineffectual fin de siecle aristocrat, and a half-wild frontiersman who builds a plantation in Choctaw territory only to watch it burn at the close of the Civil War. In prose of almost biblical gravity, and with a deep knowledge of the ways in which history shapes human lives, Foote gives us an ambitious, troubling work of fiction that builds on the traditions of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. Stories in this collection are: "Rain Down Home," "Ride Out," "A Marriage Portion," "Child by Fever," "The Freedom Kick," "Pillar of Fire," and "The Sacred Mound."
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by Shelby Foote
by Julian Dibbell
by Viktor E. Frankl
by Shelby Hearon
by Linda Lael Miller
by Fern Michaels
"In 1954 noted Civil War scholar Shelby Foote wrote Jordan County, seven short stories set in a fictitious part of Mississippi. Locale aside, these stories are unrelated except in their backward time sequence, from just after WWII for the first story to 1797 for the last. All are worth listeners' attention, if not always for their plots, then for Foote's carefully crafted language and Tom Parker's exquisite narration. Parker varies pitch; handles with fine discrimination a multitude of dialects and differences in education, wealth, and social class; and avoids overdramatization, doing all of it with seemingly effortless skill. He becomes the voices of the South and provides a strong accompaniment to Foote's fine prose. T.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine"
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