Shadow Country

A New Rendering of the Watson Legend
Author(s): Peter Matthiessen
Original Publish Date: Feb 04, 2009
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (40.35 hours)
Product Number: Z100094911
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483078571
Narrator/s: Anthony Heald
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Shadow Country is Peter Matthiessen's reimagining of the legend of E. J. Watson, the Everglades sugarcane planter and notorious outlaw of the wild Florida frontier. Vividly capturing the American hinterlands at the turn of the twentieth century, it traces the story of Watson through eyewitness perspectives as he drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him. Shadow Country traverses strange landscapes and frontier hinterlands inhabited by Americans of every provenance and color, including the black and Indian inheritors of the archaic racism that, as Watson's wife observed, "still casts its shadow over the nation." Originally written as three separate, acclaimed novels, this is Matthiessen's bold new distillation of his monumental work. Tightened and brilliantly rewritten throughout, he has collapsed the time frame while deepening the insights and motivations of his characters, achieving his original vision of the Watson trilogy.

Professional reviews

"Oh, how lucky we are to live in an age in which three acclaimed novels--KILLING MISTER WATSON, LOST MAN'S RIVER, and BONE BY BONE--can be had in one publication. These literary touchstones, about the notorious life of Florida sugar planter E.J. Watson, were conceived as one novel but published as three, all celebrated as original and important. Now the author has reworked them extensively to combine them and make them even better. Anthony Heald so inhabits this work that it's difficult to imagine anyone else narrating it. He produces vivid characters with an elastic voice that elicits a multitude of emotions in the listener. Employing superb pacing, he uses the author's words to create a suspenseful atmosphere that keeps the listener engaged. And at 39 hours--that's a feat. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"