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Killing Mister Watson by Peter Matthiessen
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Killing Mister Watson

by Peter Matthiessen

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Really 3.5 stars. So difficult to get through. I loved the material, but there were too many "voices," some of whom sounded so much alike I had to keep flipping back to keep their stories straight. Gives a good feel for that area of Florida around turn of century. Warning: it is written in voices of people from that era, prejudices and hatred in full bloom! ( )
  jslantz1948 | Sep 15, 2018 |
Really 3.5 stars. So difficult to get through. I loved the material, but there were too many "voices," some of whom sounded so much alike I had to keep flipping back to keep their stories straight. Gives a good feel for that area of Florida around turn of century. Warning: it is written in voices of people from that era, prejudices and hatred in full bloom! ( )
  jslantz1948 | Sep 15, 2018 |
An interesting story set in Florida just after the turn of the century. It was very confusing with all the people featured, and it just seemed to drag on forever. Good insight into the culture of the gulf coast of south central Florida. ( )
  delta351 | Apr 13, 2017 |
Compelling, fictionalized account of the killing of a historical figure in turn of the 20th century Everglades. The recent death of Matthiessen drew me back to this book that I had started once before but left unfinished. The story is told from a multitude of different perspectives and sheds light on prejudices in the South during this time period. Fascinating approach. ( )
1 vote ghefferon | May 20, 2014 |
A long walk down a short plank ( )
  KimD66 | Jan 28, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679734058, Paperback)

Drawn from fragments of historical fact, Matthiessen's masterpiece brilliantly depicts the fortunes and misfortunes of Edgar J. Watson, a real-life entrepreneur and outlaw who appeared in the lawless Florida Everglades around the turn of the century.

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The arrival of Edgar J. Watson, a complex man with a troubling and violent reputation, spells trouble for the inhabitants of the nineteenth-century Everglades, in a fictional recreation of the life and death of a real life character.

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