Death in the Family

Death in the Family

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  • Hardback | 339 pages
  • 140 x 220mm | 408g
  • Peter Owen Publishers
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0720622204
  • 9780720622201

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A posthumous publication, on which James Agee had worked for some ten years before his death, is an often distinguished piece of work and is concentrated on a few days (save for some free associational insets which return to the past) when death unexpectedly affects a family in a small southern town. It is both the fact and the finality of this experience which pervades and prevails here; from the grief of the widow to the disbelief of the two young children; from the solidarity it occasions among the relatives who assemble, to the constraint it imposes. Death is a commanding presence- more vital than any of the characters- with the exception of the boy, Rufus- and a challenge to those who are left behind.... James Agee - a writer of sensibility and insight (The Morning Watch 1951) has found a universality in the commonplaces of life as it goes on within the hushed household, as the last rites of respect take precedence over sorrow- but there is a greater sense of recognition than participation. Publisher enthusiasm- and critical appreciation- may help to widen a perhaps reluctant audience. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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