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The war by Michael McDowell

The war (original 1983; edition 1983)

by Michael McDowell

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Title:The war
Authors:Michael McDowell
Info:New York : Avon, 1983.
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Tags:Horror, Read in a few hours

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Blackwater IV: The War by Michael McDowell (1983)

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The War is the fourth book in the Blackwater Saga and continues the story of the Caskey family from Perdido, Alabama. As the title implies, this book focuses on the effect that the war has had on Perdido, the Caskey's Mill and the residents. There have been numerous life changing events happening with the Caskey's including a birth, a separation, a coming out, a marriage and several deaths. There's also been a shift of power in the matriarchy which has substantially changed the family dynamics, for at the moment, the better.
If you haven't read the Blackwater Saga before, you really should. It's fantastic and the characters are priceless! It's sort of a mesh of multiple genres- gothic, historical fic., horror, family saga, paranormal/supernatural etc., so I think really anyone would enjoy it.  ( )
  EmpressReece | Mar 9, 2018 |
I remain pleasantly and eternally surprised by the multifaceted nature of McDowell's writing within this series. What was marketed 30 years ago as a 'grocery store rack' paperback horror serial continues building towards a position as one of my favorite series ever, certainly within genre. Having just finished the fourth entry, I'm still marveling at the evocative presentation of unexpected pathos that underscores so much of this volume. I'm still a bit too overtaken with it to actually start the fifth book just yet, which will be a first as I have jumped right into the subsequent volume throughout the entire series. Need a bit more time to digest this one, I suppose. Honestly, this series is so much better than it even has a right to be. At this point, it would actually be difficult for me to NOT recommend it to just about any friend I have who enjoys well-written fiction. Lovecraftian horror, ghost story, morality play, Southern Gothic, dynastic family epic, soap opera, romance novel...there are so many elements of good fiction here that I'd be amazed if someone didn't find something significant to like about it, whatever their tastes. While reading the first few volumes in the series, I was mostly sad that I hadn't discovered the books much earlier in my life. Now that I am starting on the penultimate entry, my deepest regret is that I'll be completely done with the whole show by the weekend. ( )
  Daninsky | Aug 19, 2017 |
LOVED this series. Possibly my favorite books of all time. ( )
  audreydog | Jan 26, 2008 |
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