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"Fourteen essays and articles and 3 brief tales that may hit you correct among the eyes. Crews writing is educated via a deep love of language, literature, nature, blood activities, and his personal form of people--namely rural, southern, hard-drinking, honest-measure hell-raisers. we're all fortunate to have him to inform us approximately cockfighting, dogfighting, mending an injured hawk, changing into a superb jockey, poaching gators, and taking ourselves a lot too seriously"--Chicago Tribune

"The author’s presents comprise a sublime and simple type, a knack for telling a great tale, and a wry and riotous humorousness. . . . Unforgettable characters whose preoccupations evoke such memorable aspect. regardless of the concreteness of his descriptions, his activities cronies and the bar rats he encounters tackle a universality in his sleek prose."--Newsday
 
In this selection of fiction and essays, Crews makes a speciality of the folks and areas of Florida--full of usual wonders and different, grimier delights that make excellent grist for his forceful sort, Southern Gothic sensibilities, and rowdy humorousness. From poaching gators, to the Gatornationals, to cockfighting--a must-have assortment for Harry Crews lovers new and old.

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