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  • TITLE: One Foot in Eden
  • AUTHOR: Ron Rash
  • AWARDS: Appalachian Book of Year Award
  • WEBSITE: /zine/authors/Rash_Ron.htm

    Unlike Jim Thompson's experimental use of multiple points of view covering the same criminal event from different eyes, author Rash is using the device to further the linear plot and embellish his characters. The problem is that all the characters are not that interesting, and, once you've discovered the secret of the disposal of the body--your curiosity sated--it is difficult to continue plodding along for pure personality revelation. The prose of descriptions, rhythums, and dialogues seem quite appropriate for Appalashian hill people, and Rush adds plenty of colloquialisms like "no harder to find than a lightening bug on a July night" (Picador, IBSN 0312423055, trade paperback edition, c.2002, p.42) and "I couldn't outsmart a fish with a brain the size of a butter bean" (p.131) for regional color.

    A despair pervades the novel. A growing malady that it's all for nothing, symbolized by the Carolina Power Company's impending dam that will fill the valley like the similar disaster in Deliverance. Seems that not much has changed when a way of life is deemed disposable by the powers of "progress".

    Dead at 150 pages out of 214.



    © copyright 11/16/2004 by Larry Crawford

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