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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (86 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:
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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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 "

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