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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,886 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Taylor Narrator: Boyd Gaines Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Born in 1917, Tennessee author Peter Taylor won the Pulitzer Prize for this exceptional work of literature. The well-to-do Carver family moves to Memphis from Nashville, where they become embroiled in a domestic dispute over the widower patriarch's decision to remarry. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 2/14/2014

    " This was a long slow read for such a short novel. He makes the case carefully to create the irony of the last line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geno | 1/29/2014

    " 3.5 stars is more like it, a REAL story about family and the south "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hannah | 1/26/2014

    " it was ok. Im trying to read all pulitzer prize novels. This won in the 80s. Its about a group of adult children whose lives are all deterimed by the fact that their father intervened and thwarted all of their chances of marriage. Really not that good. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clare | 1/21/2014

    " What can I say, except that I disliked this book so much that I have no recollection of it at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melisa | 1/5/2014

    " I read this book as part of my goal to read all of the Pulitzer Prize winning books. It was a pretty good book, but I didn't see it as a prize-winning work. I liked the "portrait" quality of the novel - the author spent a lot of time deconstructing each scene in a similar style as Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway" or Truman Capote's "Breakfast At Tiffany's" (although not as gripping a deconstruction as either of these). The ending was a bit awkward...I found myself wondering if the story of coming to terms with the mistakes of one's father was semi-autobiographical, but had perhaps not been resolved in Peter Taylor's own life. However, the story did keep my attention and I felt that I understood the message of the story even if it didn't speak to me as poignantly as some novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah | 12/22/2013

    " For a short novel, this took me quite a long time to read, and I think the only reason I continued was to find out why it won the Pulitzer. I can see that the characters are well-developed, but I opposed the way Taylor developed them. It seemed that 90 percent of the book was exposition, building characters that still seemed a bit typecast for Southern spinsters (the two sisters). The only character I really had interest in was the father, for even the narrator was bland, perhaps the one who was most so. In the end, I felt that nothing happened. It was an exploration in character and subtle psychological effects on family, which I appreciated if I made myself think about it. Mostly, I think the depiction of Memphis as antiquated South moving stubbornly towards a Southern-minded modernity was unacceptable, since I could not help picturing the crime-ridden, run-down, rednecks-on-Beale Memphis that I know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jane | 12/13/2013

    " Great character development and overall the book was excellent, it was just a little slow moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 12/5/2013

    " for me, another award-winning books that i could have done without. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 11/27/2013

    " Pretty good story line... A little too wordy for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Ivester | 11/20/2013

    " Scrupulous craftsmanship. Wonderful writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marion | 10/9/2013

    " Is there really that much difference between Memphis and Nashville? The best drama of the book occurred off-page. Too bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 9/30/2013

    " A Pulitzer Prize winner. Hopelessly anachronistic. SLOW. Thank goodness it was short, more or less. I was interested in the Nashville and Memphis references. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sal | 8/12/2013

    " A complete dirge. Cannot understand how it won the Pulitzer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 8/8/2013

    " Not a huge fan of this one. It was okay, and I read the entire book. However, I never really got into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 10/15/2012

    " My first Peter Taylor novel and it was very good. A man is summoned home to Memphis to attend to the death of his father, a man who had dominated and overshadowed his family as long as he lived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Snow | 8/20/2012

    " Poignant story of a Southern family dealing w/ its patriarch and its history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 8/17/2011

    " Stately. Sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 5/15/2011

    " Well-told tale, set in 1970s, but feels like a 1940s mentality, somewhat anachronistic. Summer checked out of N Prov. Library or RIC? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/8/2011

    " Interesting novel about a Tennessee family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 2/16/2011

    " I really expected a lot out of this one, but it didn't quite deliver. It was an interesting enough story that I finished it, but I just didn't feel anything special. However, I loved the author photo on the back flap! He looked like a man I would have liked to have known, maybe as a professor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/16/2011

    " Interesting novel about a Tennessee family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hilary | 1/5/2011

    " I was surprised this garnered a Pulitzer. Kinda meh, in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 12/31/2010

    " These so called classics are just not doing it for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 12/11/2010

    " What strikes me as unusual is that this book was written/published in the 1980s. For lack of a better term, it's just so "old school" - reminds me of another Pulitzer, The Optimist's Daughter. This novel just left me indifferent. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sal | 10/7/2010

    " A complete dirge. Cannot understand how it won the Pulitzer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 8/22/2010

    " Well-crafted book about what it is like be from somewhere, and the effect of parents on their kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 6/20/2010

    " This book was slow at first but I finally got into the story and found the characters interesting. Not much plot but the characters were interesting enough that I kept going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geno | 5/11/2010

    " 3.5 stars is more like it, a REAL story about family and the south "

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