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3.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 53.93 out of 5 3.93 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Styron Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780739385173
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Before writing his memoir of madness, Darkness Visible, William Styron was best known for his ambitious works of fiction, including The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie’s Choice. Styron also created personal but no less powerful tales based on his real-life experiences as a U.S. Marine. The Suicide Run collects five of these meticulously rendered narratives. One of them—“Elobey, Annobón, and Corisco”—is published here for the first time.

In “Blankenship,” written in 1953, Styron draws on his stint as a guard at a stateside military prison at the end of World War II. “Marriott, the Marine” and “The Suicide Run”—which Styron composed in the early 1970s as part of an intended novel that he set aside to write Sophie’s Choice—depict the surreal experience of being conscripted a second time, after World War II, to serve in the Korean War. “My Father’s House” captures the isolation and frustration of a soldier trying to become a civilian again. In “Elobey, Annobón, and Corisco,” written late in Styron’s life, a soldier attempts to exorcise the dread of an approaching battle by daydreaming about far-off islands, visited vicariously through his childhood stamp collection.

Perhaps the last volume from one of literature’s greatest voices, The Suicide Run brings to life the drama, inhumanity, absurdity, and heroism that forever changed the men who served in the Marine Corps.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Short fiction from a Southern master of the sweeping, ambitiously themed, epic novel.. . . Taken as a whole, these fragments illuminate their author's obsessions and make the reader wish Styron had completed at least two more novels. Essential reading for the writer's fans; a revelatory footnote for others. Kirkus Reviews

  • Styron's prose is as assured as ever and his knack for character is masterful. Publishers Weekly
  • Styron has always been drawn to moral and emotional complexity, and in these three stories we see him at work skillfully exploring that rich and provocative terrain again. Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/30/2013

    " Charming and engrossing with an edge since it took place during WWII for the most part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missives From | 2/11/2013

    " I'm not a war story buff, and I've never read anything by Styron before, but clearly I was missing out. The stories were riveting. Styron's characters have depth that is missing in most short stories, and the stories themselves are self-contained gems with picturesque prose. He inspires me to write. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lane Willson | 2/4/2013

    " While not my favorite Styron work, it was an enjoyable and quick read. My only criticism is that the stories seemed to not quite reach their conclusion. Of course since they were published posthumously... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/26/2012

    " A terrific book in an understated way. Nothing earth shattering but I felt like I was there through it all. Sparse of word, deep in significance. I'm gonna continue reading more of him. I thought Sophie's Choice was excellent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen-Louise | 10/15/2012

    " Excellent stories of what it is like to serve in the military - though he didn't like the life much himself when he was in. Of course, the Korean War was not a great time to serve. Easier to read, and oddly more upbeat than "Sophie's Choice" or Confessions on "Nat Turner." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tommy | 8/18/2012

    " I was going to give this one 3 stars, as I admired the craft of the first three stories but found myself only mildly engaged. But the beautiful, vivid "My Father's House," apparently the beginning to an unfinished novel, is one of the best short stories I have ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 7/29/2012

    " This is a memoir, and has little of direct combat stories. Styron's writing is superb, and this book encouraged me to want to read other works of his. The stories are unveven in terms of interest, but "The Suicide Run" is hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 5/8/2012

    " Great great writing. There are three long stories here, all early works. I like them better than some of the longer things I've read. Just terrific. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Weidinger | 11/22/2011

    " realities of soldiering. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Shilstone | 10/12/2011

    " 5 tales of the Marine Corps, the best being the opening section of an abandoned novel, 'My Father's House'. Wish he hadn't abandoned it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 3/28/2011

    " Great great writing. There are three long stories here, all early works. I like them better than some of the longer things I've read. Just terrific. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 3/26/2011

    " This is a memoir, and has little of direct combat stories. Styron's writing is superb, and this book encouraged me to want to read other works of his. The stories are unveven in terms of interest, but "The Suicide Run" is hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 2/24/2011

    " One of the stories, "My Father's House", is set in a location not far from where my family had a "river cottage" when I was very young. The description of the environs brings back a few memories.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 10/4/2010

    " Charming and engrossing with an edge since it took place during WWII for the most part. "

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About the Author
Author William StyronWilliam Styron (1925-2006) , a native of the Virginia Tidewater, was a graduate of Duke University and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. His books include Lie Down in Darkness, The Long March, Set This House on Fire, The Confessions of Nat Turner, Sophie's Choice, This Quiet Dust, Darkness Visible, and A Tidewater Morning. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Howells Medal, the American Book Award, the Légion d'Honneur, and the Witness to Justice Award from the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation. With his wife, the poet and activist Rose Styron, he lived for most of his adult life in Roxbury, Connecticut, and in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, where he is buried.
About the Narrator

Mark Deakins is an actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He recently wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.