In a masterful feat of tale spinning and legend making, the bestselling author of Raney and Walking Across Egypt has taken his ear for dialogue and his eye for detail to America s Wild West Set in the turn of the century mesa lands of the Colorado Utah border, Redeye tells a tale of American expansionism, opportunism, religious fanaticism, and wide eyed adventure.
Redeye In a masterful feat of tale spinning and legend making the bestselling author of Raney and Walking Across Egypt has taken his ear for dialogue and his eye for detail to America s Wild West Set in the
1857 s horrific Mountain Meadows Massacre enpedia wiki Mountai was mentioned in some detail in Mark Twain s Roughing It, and reading that made me want to learn on the subject I remember reading about the incident for the first time in Edgerton s book and decided to open this one again Turns out, this is not really about the day when Brigham Young ordered an attack on a wagon train, but instead about the fictitious Eagle City Shootout of 1892 Most of the novel is concerned with introducing the p [...]
This is a humorous novel of Quakers, Mormons, Indians, a bounty hunter and his red eyed dog The book is styled as a written guidebook of the Mesa Largo Tourist Expedition including the complete history of The Eagle City Shootout of 1892 Cleverly the tour we are about to embark takes place in 1905 so it treats the events of 1892 as history Yet by telling the story only 13 years later allows a naivete that could not be pulled off if one had to speak in our own modern day voice Maybe it s the old d [...]
Well I m not sure what I just read And I m willing to bet a nickel that that is how a lot of people felt after they read In Memory of Junior, also by Clyde Edgerton, and I just loved that one So, let s just say that while there was some really good writing in this, it didn t resonate with me story wise And move on.
It would take real effort and skill to make this story horrendously boring Unluckily for us, Mr Edgerton has that skill, and made that effort.
Fluffy Fun Creative NovelThe author creates a cadre of unusual and often humorous characters joined in a little mystery and surprising intrigue I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I am not really a fan of westerns, but I was browsing the mystery section in the library and fortuitously came across this book, which was mis shelved M, W, they are close enough, aren t they It takes place in one of my favorite parts of the world, southwestern Colorado The novel has a little bit of everything history, archeology, romance, humor, economics, technology, medicine Despite the fact that the catalyst of the book s events is the horrific Mountain Meadows massacre, the book manages to [...]
This is the first of Clyde Edgerton s novels that I have read I must admitI really enjoyed it It is presented to readers as a pamphlet explaining a trip that the reader is embarking on.He introduces a cast of characters through some of their own journal entries These characters all took, at a point in the novel, the same trip the reader is about to take.On their trip, a first embarking on it, there is a tragedy that is hinted at a shoot out The novel leads to this moment, and doesn t fail to ent [...]
I think this was the only book that was assigned reading in high school that I remember enjoying It also wasn t directly assigned, the teacher gave us a list of books or authors don t remember and since I didn t know any of them I showed my mom and she picked one.It was pretty cool cause before that point I guess I really didn t know that i could really enjoy reading the same kinds of books as my mom we still maintain very different tastes in books, but there is some overlap.That said I really d [...]
Clyde Edgerton is definitely one of my favorite authors He s got a deceptively straightforward style which makes an immediate impression of trueness on the surface but reveals further layers of meaning beneath REDEYE is a departure for him since most of his stories are set in North Carolina but he s clearly at home here too I loved the concept and structure of the book and the narrative passages are genius Made me want to live in the world of its pages And I don t particularly like Westerns Felt [...]
Entertaining read Great use of multiple voices to tell an ever revealing story Unreliable narrators abound Gets a bit slow in places, but is carried through by interesting and unique characterizations Not at all a typical western, but worth reading if for no other reason and there are other reasons than to see a literary treatment of genre conventions in a way that honors the genre rather than rendering them the conventions, not the genre unreadably boring.
Book Club Selection NC authorsFirst time reading Clyde Edgerton this is a kick in the pants western story Although humorous, he brought up history regarding a massacre caused by Mormons Indians The discussion on this book will be interesting Looking forward to it I give it 3.5 stars.
I ve read virtually everything Clyde Edgerton has published, and Redeye is in the top 3 He nails the coupling of Faulknerian voicing coupled with dirt farm banter My favorite chapter is writtten in Redeye s own words
Highly recommended by DW and therefore likely a book I would like , but I simply could not stay with the story It felt like work than it was supposed to be Maybe it will seem funnier at a later date.
This is set up like the reader is going on an expedition and in between gives the history of what previously occurred at the expedition site Talks about the early days of mortuary science, mormon wars, and the early explorations of the cliff dwellings out in the desert all with a humorous twist.
While the writing itself is fine, everything else about this book is poorly done Edgerton does not create any emotional investment in his characters and, for much of the novel, the plot is thrown at you like a Pollack painting.
This was the very first Clyde Edgerton book I ever read I don t know how I made it all the way through I laughed until I hurt I still laugh when I think about the Chinaman If I could give this book ten stars, I would.
This is the eighth Edgerton novel I ve read in the past month I preferred the others, which are set in his native North Carolina Redeye takes place in southwestern Colorado in the 1890 s Quirky characters but none as sympathetic as those in his other books.
People embalm on a kitchen table As people once did.
My father in law suggested I might like this often humorous western that features Mormons and is somewhat related to the Mountain Meadow Massacre He was right.
Easy, fast read Tom Robbins esque.
a sometimes funny western with a mean dog with one red eye
2nd work of Edgerton I ve read This one was a solid 4 stars Entertaining Western Read it for the Redeye gravy passage alone.
Edgerton s keen eye for the vagaries of southern culture are wasted in this Western there s not much else to recommend it.
As a huge Edgerton fan, I am a little puzzled and disappointed in Redeye Edgerton took a serious topic and handled it in a statically, but not always successfully witty, manner A slow read.
An amusing, almost anecdotal, look at the Mountain Meadows Massacre aftermath and the discovery of Mesa Verde Very tongue in cheek stuff here.
I like Clyde Edgerton.This is one of his quirky books Not quite sure what to make of it.
This is the first Edgerton book I ve read so don t know his writing style I blew through the book but didn t find it particularly enjoyable.