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Jesus Out to Sea: Stories

by James Lee Burke

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Short fiction by one of my favorite contemporary novelists, the author of the Dave Robicheaux detective series set in south Louisiana. Burke is always on the raw and grim side, but with themes of redemption and the triumph of Right over Wrong-doing that make his novels rewarding to read. These short stories (some of which are extracts from his novels) are equally tough, and not quite as satisfying, although the series of related stories about boyhood friends Charlie and Nick set in pre-and post-WWII Texas are extremely moving in their exploration of what friendship is all about.
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  laytonwoman3rd | Nov 9, 2017 |
Short stories south mainly after second world war till "katrina ".
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  Gerardlionel | Apr 1, 2016 |
The best of all current American writers. An exceptional collection of short stories taken from a variety of previously published sources. Depicts the deep south and the backwoods north east post Katrina, with a prose bordering on poetry. ( )
  richardgarside | Mar 13, 2012 |
Amazing Southern tales filled with adventure and intrigue! They reminded me of those short adventure books I read as a teenager - most were Scouting adventure books made for young boys with imagination ready to go. ( )
  revslick | Jun 4, 2010 |
Burke's tales depict the American scene, particularly in his native bayou country and also in the mountain Northwest of his more recent life, in vivid and often searing detail. The stories range from mostly humorous memories of boyhood encounters with colorful characters to dark accounts of corrupt, brutal and quasi-fascist elements seemingly triumphant. This collection, published soon after Hurricane Katrina devastated his beloved home region, is primarily a lament for the suffering of a people struggling for generations to survive in a cruel, but often fertile and even festive, environment. Despite the themes of poverty, ignorance and violence, Burke celebrates those brave and lonely souls who put up a fight against the darkness. ( )
  ChuckNorton | May 29, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 142819665X, Audio CD)

This powerful new collection of James Lee Burke's short fiction ranges across landscapes that he has made his own, from rural Louisiana and Mississippi to war-torn Vietnam and a New Orleans ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Told with his trademark blend of lyrical prose and hard-eyed realism, they bring a host of extraordinary characters to vivid life: soldiers and prostitutes, nuns and children, musicians and gangsters, all the while movingly exploring 'the near certainty of tragedy to come and the smoldering embers of possibility in the ashes of blighted lives' (BOOKLIST). Whether bittersweet evocations of childhood and a New Orleans that was 'a song, not a city', or pain-fuelled tales of wartime atrocities and the destruction of a modern-day Atlantis, these stories go right to the heart of the American experience, confirming James Lee Burke as one of its most profound chroniclers.

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"In this collection of short stories, James Lee Burke marries his flair for gripping storytelling with his lyrical writing style and complex character portrayals. The backdrop of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast is a versatile setting for Burke's stories, which cover the scope of the human experience - from love and sex to domestic abuse to war, death, and friendship."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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