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Crum (Crum Trilogy) by LEE MAYNARD

Crum (Crum Trilogy) (original 1988; edition 2012)


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Title:Crum (Crum Trilogy)
Info:Vandalia Press (2012), Edition: 1st Edition, Paperback, 262 pages
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Tags:rural south, growing up, first person

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Crum: The Novel by Lee Maynard (1988)



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Crum is the first in Lee Maynard's Crum Trilogy. Crum itself is a lousy little berg located in West Virginia right across a polluted river from Kentucky. Nothing much more than a high school, a general store, a scattering of homes in the hills, and place up the mountain where people go to get drunk. The kind of place you drive through and wonder who the hell lives there. The central character and narrator, Jesse (though he is unnamed in this first volume) lives there during his teenage years and wants nothing more than to get out of that place. Jesse is an adolescent at the time of the action set in the 50's mostly, I think. Aside from the general desire to get out of there (eventually and inevitably, he does), the book has no plot. It's an episodic telling of Jesse's adventures involving his friends, his family (almost none), the river, getting shot at by people in Kentucky, swimming in the river, blowing up outhouses and trying to figure out, in fumbling and sometimes explicit ways, the opposite sex. Jesse has almost no "interiority" and most of the other characters are cut outs. But that's OK. It's an easy read and informative too if you want to know more about poverty and the rural south. I liked it. ( )
  nicktingle | Dec 15, 2012 |
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When all the goodbyes are said / I want to be the one who is leaving / And it's going to be good to be gone
This book is dedicated to Amos and Minnie Maynard
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When I was growing up there, the population of Crum, West Virginia, was 219 human beings, two sub-humans, a few platoons of assorted dogs, at least one cat that I paid any attention to, a retarded mule and a very vivid image of Crash Corrigan.
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The appearance of this novel in 1988 stirred deep feelings, and this second edition will no doubt do the same. Maynard, a native of Crum (Wayne County), West Virginia, spins a shocking, often outrageous, always irreverent tale of a young man's rebellion against the people and the place which have surrounded his life. Part Huckleberry Finn and part The Red and the Black, the story is ultimately not about the town of Crum, but about the need to reject the comfort and familiarity of home and find a place in the larger world. At the same time, Crum is a touching and humorous look at small-town life, and at the peculiar rituals of male adolescence. Since its highly successful first publication, this novel has become something of an underground classic, with used copies now scarce and costly. Maynard adds a brief epilogue to this new edition, and West Virginia writer Meredith Sue Willis provides an introduction.

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In Crum, a gritty coal town on the West Virginia-Kentucky border, the boys fight, swear, chase and sometimes catch girls. The adults are cramped in and clueless, hemmed in by the mountains. The weight of wonder, dejection, and even possibility loom over this tiny, suffocating town. This story is the tale of Jesse Stone, who doesn't know where he's going, but knows he is leaving, and whose rebellion against the people and the place of his childhood allows him to reject the comfort and familiarity of his home in search of his place in a larger world.… (more)

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