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A Death in the Family (1957)

de James Agee

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Decades after its original publication, James Agee's last novel seems, more than ever, an American classic. For in his lyrical, sorrowful account of a man's death and its impact on his family, Agee painstakingly created a small world of domestic happiness and then showed how quickly and casually it could be destroyed.

On a sultry summer night in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his house in Knoxville, Tennessee, to tend to his father, whom he believes is dying. The summons turns out to be a false alarm, but on his way back to his family, Jay has a car accident and is killed instantly. Dancing back and forth in time and braiding the viewpoints of Jay's wife, brother, and young son, Rufus, Agee creates an overwhelmingly powerful novel of innocence, tenderness, and loss that should be read aloud for the sheer music of its prose.

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A Death in the Family, published posthumously in 1957, is amongst the most beautiful books I've ever read (listened to - this was the audiobook). Agee's language use and the flow of his prose are things of wonder. In a book that takes place almost entirely within a few days, Agee patiently describes the acts and feelings of a family that has just lost a 36-year old husband and father, a good man, who drove too quickly, and who ended up in a ditch, killed instantly. I don't like writing book reviews, but I do want to commend this book and to recommend it in the highest possible terms. ( )
  ahef1963 | May 18, 2024 |
This was one of those books that was never on any of my reading lists but seemed like one of those American classics that I should have read. It's such a very sad story, it's hard to recommend....but the descriptive writing is unlike anything I've ever read. This story could be great for a book club discussion. ( )
  ellink | Jan 22, 2024 |
Reason read; Pulitzer 1958, TIOLI read a book with death in the title
I had this on my list to read at least twice before and I finally got it read. I did not know anything about the book and discovered that this is an autobiographical novel. The author's dad died in a car accident. In this story the death is reflected by the wife, by the brother of the deceased , by Rufus the son and his sister. It explores religion. The wife is Catholic, the father is an atheist. The author died before publishing the story. The story is set in Tennessee.
The setting is in the early 1900s. The automobile is new, many still get around by horse and wagon. It was rewritten by David McDowell who took liberties. Michael Lofaro maintains that the novel as published 1957 was not the version intended for print by the author. Lofaro discussed his work at a conference that was part of the Knoxville James Agee Celebration (April 2005). Having tracked down the author's original manuscripts and notes, Lofaro reconstructed a version he considers more authentic. This version, entitled A Death in the Family: A Restoration of the Author's Text, was published in 2007. I think I read the one by McDowell. And that would be the one that actually won the Pulitzer. ( )
  Kristelh | Dec 30, 2023 |
Premio Pulitzer 1958
  LaRayadelPalancar | Sep 9, 2023 |
This was on the People's version of the Modern Library List of best fiction. Published posthumously, it wasn't really edited. A close look at something one usually looks away from. Much of it is brilliant. ( )
  markm2315 | Jul 1, 2023 |
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I grew up in Texas, and I hitchhiked to Tennessee when I was nineteen years old with nothing but a guitar, a change of jeans, and a couple of shirt. I climbed down from the cab on an eighteen-wheeler at I-40 and Broadway a little after midnight on the something-something of November and turned left, spending my first night in town nursing a cup of coffee in an all-night dinner. -Introduction, Steve Earle
We are talking now of summer evenings in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the time that I lived there so successfully disguised to myself as a child. It was a little bit mixed sort of block, fairly solidly lower middle class, with one or two juts apieces on either side of that. The houses corresponded: middle-sized gracefully fretted wood houses built in the late nineties and early nineteen hundreds, with small front and side and more spacious back yards, and trees in the yards, and porches. These were softwooded trees, populars, tulip trees, cottonwoods. There were fences around one or two of the houses, but mainly the yards ran into each other with only now and then a low hedges that wasn't going very well There were few good friends among the grown people, and they were not poor enough for the other sort of intimate acquaintance, but everyone nodded and spoke, and even might talk short times, trivially, and at the two extremes of the general or the particular, and ordinarily nextdoor neighbors talked quite a bit when they happened to run into each other, and never paid calls. The men were mostly small business men, one or two very modestly executive, one or two worked with their hands, most of them clerical, and most of them between thirty and forty-five. -Knoxville: Summer, 1915
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Decades after its original publication, James Agee's last novel seems, more than ever, an American classic. For in his lyrical, sorrowful account of a man's death and its impact on his family, Agee painstakingly created a small world of domestic happiness and then showed how quickly and casually it could be destroyed.

On a sultry summer night in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his house in Knoxville, Tennessee, to tend to his father, whom he believes is dying. The summons turns out to be a false alarm, but on his way back to his family, Jay has a car accident and is killed instantly. Dancing back and forth in time and braiding the viewpoints of Jay's wife, brother, and young son, Rufus, Agee creates an overwhelmingly powerful novel of innocence, tenderness, and loss that should be read aloud for the sheer music of its prose.

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