Ray

Ray Nominated for the American Book Award Ray is the bizarre hilarious and consistently adventurous story of a life on the edge Dr Ray a womanizer small town drunk vigilante poet adoring husband is

Nominated for the American Book Award, Ray is the bizarre, hilarious, and consistently adventurous story of a life on the edge Dr Ray a womanizer, small town drunk, vigilante, poet, adoring husband is a man trying to make sense of life in the twentieth century In flight from the death he dealt flying over Vietnam, Dr Ray struggles with those bound to him by need, sicNominated for the American Book Award, Ray is the bizarre, hilarious, and consistently adventurous story of a life on the edge Dr Ray a womanizer, small town drunk, vigilante, poet, adoring husband is a man trying to make sense of life in the twentieth century In flight from the death he dealt flying over Vietnam, Dr Ray struggles with those bound to him by need, sickness, lunacy, by blood and by love.

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  1. Barry Hannah was an American novelist and short story writer from Mississippi He was the author of eight novels and five short story collections He worked with notable American editors and publishers such as Gordon Lish, Seymour Lawrence, and Morgan Entrekin His work was published in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Oxford American, The Southern Review, and a host of American magazines and quarterlies In his lifetime he was awarded the The Faulkner Prize 1972 , The Bellaman Foundation Award in Fiction, The Arnold Gingrich Short Fiction Award, the PEN Malamud Award 2003 and the Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters He was director of the MFA program at the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, where he taught creative writing for 28 years He died on March 1, 2010, of natural causes.

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  1. At the office there were a number of people in line I went over to the back window and looked out over the creek, then down to it and the slick granite rocks through which it rushed Who was it said we were invented by water as a means of its getting itself from one place to the other This novella is one of the best written things I have ever read there s nothing better, in a way Pick the football up, travel rearward on your legs, the way is clear, there is your receiver, arms up in the lights on [...]


  2. This is probably the best book in the world that almost everyone in the world has never read Holy shit, few to none in my experience have ever been as effortlessly eloquent as this guy, so literally obscenely charming and erudite and just offensively good at prose I have been known to at least once mail his books to friends who don t even regularly read just because Barry Hannah is exactly the thing that will make non readers read, and a lot, though they will admittedly mostly be reading Barry H [...]


  3. Wanna have fun Next time a friend asks for a book recommendation whip this short little piece out Freudianism intended and watch the looks you get in the next few days It s going to go one of two wayseither one could be interesting When I was a kid, I spent a little time in a horse barn with an old marine type who trained horses Except he never trained, he just saddled and unsaddled them for kids like me to ride for him We all did so because while it wasn t our turn, we sat on milk crates and li [...]


  4. In the spring of 1990, a friend suggested if I liked J.D Salinger, I should read Raymond Carver It would seem this recommendation and my subsequent falling in love with Carver s style would come a bit too late My discovery of him came two years after his death I read everything by Carver I could find I even turned down plans with friends to stay home and read his stories.Years later, the controversy of Carver and his editor, Gordon Lish, became public and many voiced their thoughts on the proces [...]


  5. I know Hannah is a beloved figure lavish blurbs on this edition from Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, Alfred Kazin, James Dickey , but this doesn t do anything for me Ray a miscellany of edgy zaniness that we re apparently supposed to accept quite soberly as a literary correlate of the American confusion Narrated Beckett style from a hospital bed by Dr Ray of Tuscaloosa after he has some kind of alcoholic crack up, it meanders through tales of the town s eccentrics and through Ray s memories of Vietn [...]


  6. wow, I d never read Barry Hannah before and have just fallen in love with him I think it s because almost every line is completely unexpected i m a sucker for that But overall the writing is just incredibly sharp However, I can t be responsible for reactions to the actual content of the book the guy s clearly a racist and misogynist up the wazoo.



  7. Ray, a slender early novel by the Mississippi writer Barry Hannah, is the first person account of an alcoholic drug addicted physician former fighter pilot who, in his own words, lives near the Black Warrior River and has an enormous sex engine His love of the Hooches, particularly Sister Hooch, richly erotic singer and her morphine addicted poet father, Papa Hooch, runs like mainlined junk through the story of a man who s lived so many lives in so many different times.This novel is unique in mo [...]


  8. The writing, which is dazzling, gets five stars, maybe six But I m loath to moralize about art, but Hannah s evident romance with his run down, tough guy, jet pilot Nam vet, dreaming of JEB Stuart narrator and his despite all the thanatism alcoholism casual misongyny and racism I m still a charming fucker, ain t I self regard sticks in my craw, even as it goads me into about 36 hours of put on swagger This might have been easier to take when Burt Reynolds still smoldered and it will be easier to [...]



  9. This book is hard to review adequately because it puts into light several questions about the nature of reviewing Though I should best go into them by describing the reading experience Ray is laced with witty, atonal lines clipped sentences that hit you like a gut punch Some of my favourite prose of the year, by a long margin But it s also filled to the brim with racism, sexism, anti semitism, etc, etc And, OK, the character himself is racist, misogynistic, anti semitic often I don t really go i [...]


  10. Here is a scene from Ray Westy comes in She s disturbed Are you drinking, Ray No Get me a drink Here s another scene She hits me over the head with a pillow.Violence.Some days even a cup of coffee is violence.When I can find my peace, I take a ladder to the hot attic and get out the whole plays of Shakespeare.Okay, old boy Let s hear it again Between the lines I m looking for the cure for cancerd the kicker Ken, my nephew, once asked me as we were going to sleep after some snapper fishing in Des [...]


  11. Sabers, gentlemen, sabers Someday Barry Hannah will get his due as one of the greatest American writers Sure, all his books have been critically acclaimed and he enjoys a healthy cult following, but this man deserves to be a household name His books should be taught in schools, his name should be whispered in tones of mythic reverence Ray is a concentrated blast of what makes Barry Hannah unique and wonderful, 113 slim pages of distilled genius You will not forget it And if you happen to live in [...]


  12. this is the 4th from hannah for me and i think it is by far his best.i read a review or two three that mentionat word, it means hatred of women i don t even know how to spell the fucking word, much less pronounce it, but it s been a part of my world since i went to college like the word pink i could say ray is pink and it would mean exactly the same fucking thing nothing wait now, pink says because it denotes a color, whereas misogyny as it is used means nothing until the reviewer delights and [...]


  13. Barry Hannah s nephew told my husband that he had tried briefly living with Uncle Barry He said he never used a clich , always had something interesting to say, but his rants started to scare him That s just how I felt about the book My, my, he can turn a phrase but what the hell is he talking about Barry Hannah was the uncle of my husband s college roommate That fact, the poetic phrases, and the familiar landmarks mentioned in the story the term I shall use lightly made the book a likeable one [...]


  14. Howl This transcends the term a novel or merely brilliant writing Ray is pure art a mosaic, a collage Never experienced a comparable book For me, it is bitter, sharp edged, moving, vulgar, painful, heroic, loyal, red, visceral, southern, soft, grey, delicate It is all that art could ever hope to convey and each reader will come away with a different experience For example, I didn t see the humor tucked into this work Others have My perspective is impacted, I m certain, as I am a contemporary of [...]



  15. I ve probably never had fun reading a book The sentences are like standing under a whiskey waterfall, getting pleasantly pummeled Damn I wish I d somehow known Barry Hannah in his prime Closest I ve come is sharing a beer with one of his old drinking buddies while I was living out of a Winnebago and working on a vegetable farm near Oxford, MS In that town, if not in the rest of the country, he remained a legend well after his death.


  16. Doctor ray is a womanizer, a small town drunk, vigilante, poet and adoring husband.The author presents this very hyper character who goes after anything he likes in a dress, while being married, he does it all in theses pages so expect some talk of the sexual nature coupled with his bizarre outlook and humor to life Ray lives life wildly and to the edge and he s having swell of a time doing it The story was written some nice little sentences with some great dialogue I found this to be good old s [...]


  17. I don t understand how this book has a nearly four star average I don t understand it at all It s a random and jumbled up collection of tiny bits of stories and anecdotes that are neither interesting nor entertaining, in fact far of them are just pointless or even offensively stupid Perhaps I should have read some of the reviews before deciding to read this book, they re glowing but in a way that I would have known that I d hate the book.At least it was mercifully short, taking perhaps an hour [...]


  18. What to sayRay is an amazing, crazy, out of the box book that, at the same time, annoyed the heck out of me Hannah s writing is so good, the phrases he uses, the energy of the whole thing, all leave me stunned in a good way But the misogyny, the homophobia, the racism, the sheer bloody mindedness all leave me stunned in a bad way It s awful to have both things in one book do you rate something that just may be one of the best pieces of writing you ve ever read when you LOATHE what it actually sa [...]


  19. An unforgettable performance of run on storytelling Ray the novel is about Ray the person an overheated, drug addled, war vet doctor who threatens to come apart at the seams as he plunges headlong into the heart of his small southern town Named the heir apparent to such literary greats as Faulkner and O Connor, Hannah s strength has always been in his ability to blend grotesque strangeness with flesh and blood writing please see Airships, his sprawling debut, Geronimo Rex, anything really with h [...]


  20. I was treating a large old woman who spat in my face I fell backward into the heater, face forward This is to prove that I m not always the hero The protagonist is an oversexed philanderer, jet pilot, doctor, bad poet, alcoholic and it was published in 1980 A good critique of the next thirty years to come Classic American novella that everyone you know should read And, hey, at 110 pages, maybe everyone you know is even capable of reading it they probably will need to use their smartphone diction [...]


  21. Take the Southern dysfunction and fragmentary views of reality from Faulkner, add a bit of PoMo la Donald Barthelme, and a healthy outrageous pinch of farcical humor from Mark Leynor or George Saunders who of course come after Hannah and are undoubtedly influenced by him , and toss them all in a 1980 mint GE brand cream colored blender and set the mix to chop, then eventually puree and wait a while, and you might get something like this book Try it, you ll like it.


  22. i don t know what to say about this it is scabrous and wretched and poorly behaved, but also poisonously funny, and intermittently ignited by genius nowhere near the same kind of thing as airships in love with the simplicity of sex and violence cacophonous, at once somewhat bad and very good 1 5 is not a very useful diagnostic tool.


  23. I don t know man, it s like if you took out only the comedy from a Thomas Pynchon novel you would less end up with Ray , that s not to say it s not dense, for it is There is a scene with a Woodpecker and an arrow that was moving and brilliant and lasting.


  24. The life and times of a racist, sexually promiscuous, substance abusing, Alabama physician and Vietnam veteran as related in stream of consciousness prose by the eponymous first person narrator I love the prose, and the protagonist, while dislikable, is nonetheless authentic.


  25. Just frigging brilliant Misogynistic, yes Awful main character You betcha And yet you still end up begrudgingly liking the guy A brilliant case study for Bakhtin s theory of the carnivalesque.




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