Geronimo Rex

Geronimo Rex Geronimo Rex Barry Hannah s brilliant first novel which was nominated for the National Book Award is full of the rare verve and flawless turns of phrase that have defined his status as an American

Geronimo Rex, Barry Hannah s brilliant first novel, which was nominated for the National Book Award, is full of the rare verve and flawless turns of phrase that have defined his status as an American master Roiling with love and torment, lunacy and desire, hilarity and tenderness, Geronimo Rex is the bildungsroman of an unlikely hero Reared in gloomy Dream of Pines, LouiGeronimo Rex, Barry Hannah s brilliant first novel, which was nominated for the National Book Award, is full of the rare verve and flawless turns of phrase that have defined his status as an American master Roiling with love and torment, lunacy and desire, hilarity and tenderness, Geronimo Rex is the bildungsroman of an unlikely hero Reared in gloomy Dream of Pines, Louisiana, whose pines have long since yielded to paper mills, Harry Monroe is ready to take on the world Inspired by the great Geronimo s heroic rampage through the Old West, Harry puts on knee boots and a scarf and voyages out into the swamp of adolescence in the South of the 1950s and 60s Along the way he is attacked by an unruly peacock discovers women, rock n roll, and jazz and stalks a pervert white supremacist who fancies himself the next Henry Miller.

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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. This is a mature review not for the kiddos I knew she was too much woman for me, for one thing, and for another, no man could look on her without becoming a slobbering kind of rutting boar she did not enchant you she put you in heat Now, really, truth be known any woman is too much woman for Harry Monroe He grew up in Dream of Pines, Louisiana and decided to go to school at Hedermansever College in Mississippi mainly because the acceptance letters from Columbia, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Jui [...]


  2. A raucous stinkin mess of a novel The writing knows it s good, and it will bully you into falling for it, but it s as if Barry Hannah didn t want to stop writing and everything just keeps piling up Ol Bert just got tired, there s a lot of pages Geronimo Rex is a great novel of marching bands, adolescence and The American South, it s spiky and funny, it s got that heightened surreal disturbing Robert Crumb type feel, and there s no getting around the misogyny, and the hipster racism, but it s jus [...]


  3. not recommended for teenage males who already have a natural inclination to hate women validates misogyny through hilarity a good bildungsroman, actually there aren t many, are there maybe too much penis in the abstract sense for my taste.


  4. Solid semi autobiographical coming of age novel set in the mid century south The narrator is a dude s dude he spends his time shooting at things that are beautiful and having sexual encounters with poorly developed girl characters The other main points are John Phillips Sousa s marches, and his interactions with a white supremacist writer of smut letters to a long dead Northern Quaker All in all it s well written, totally ridiculous and a lot of fun.


  5. Not really my bag i know it is an early book of promise by a young guy figuring it out, but certain of the author s pre occupations just ground me down Some of it is probably that this is a coming of age story and, as a man who is forty, I came already.


  6. If misogyny is not your thing, don t read this book I know there are terrible things that go on this world, but frankly, I don t want to spend my time reading about them and then reading about others praise of an author writing about them I ve slogged through half the book for a book club that meets in two weeks I m going to have a hard time finishing it unless here s a shred of hope the second half is better, as a couple of other reviewers have said I have my doubts, but we ll see


  7. I am a big fan of Barry Hannah s work This book is a gem, that few I know have read If you write or just enjoy great writing it is worth picking up Hannah s short stories or this novel autobiography There are moments of pure brilliance and story that keeps giving start to finish Sad like Dubus there is no forthcoming from this man.



  8. I finished this book a week ago, and it s still difficult to get my mind around I may come back later to change my rating The nicest thing I can say about Harry Monroe, the protagonist in Barry Hannah s first novel, is that he is a product of his times The story takes place in the fifties and sixties in Louisiana and Mississippi a time and place when it must have been acceptable to be a misogynist Harry calls girls roaches, and I don t think he respected any female in his life Harry isn t exact [...]


  9. God bless Hannah This has been halfway finished for three years now The writing is fine, great in places, and the opening brilliant the main problem is that the book is pushing 400 pages when it should be around 200 There is considerable bloat here, and a lot of scenes that, or less, tell the same thing My attention wanes, even with Mr Hannah s verbal firecracks going off every page or so.When correcting an early draft of A SUN ALSO RISES, Fitzgerald said that Hemingway should cut entire scenes [...]


  10. It took me weeks to read this, I plodded through the first half and then demolished the second half I m not from the south, but I have a feeling I should assume that his stories would seem as outlandish as they do accurate Hannah tells a thousand stories, plenty of them begin an end in one paragraph, and the protagonist goes through the book like some sort of Don Quixote of the 60s and 70s south By the time you finish reading this book, you ll think you have an appreciate for marching band music [...]


  11. I really liked his Yonder Stands Your Orphan, though it might be the oddest book I have ever read Geronimo Rex is odd but not compelling like Yonder I really didn t care about the main character and for a coming of age book, that is deadly The characters continually commit violent or disgusting acts for reasons that escaped me If the point is that humans are violent, disgusting, and act randomly, well, one can make that point in fewer than 381 pages Leave this one alone Read Yonder Stands Your O [...]





  12. The writing in the first third of the novel i.e Book 1 was absolutely spectacular and had me highlighting every third sentence while having to restrain myself from highlighting even I d discovered a new favourite author Then, despite no change in narrator or anything, the writing became suddenly ordinary, the story senseless and boring, and in the ensuing slog to the final page I only highlighted one sentence and thought multiple times about giving up So weird.


  13. What a great book If you are a writer, keep a highlighter ready There are so many wonderful lines in this book If you want a primer on how to write in the first person, I dare you to find a better novel than this Humor, violence, and heart all here in this classic novel about coming of age One of my all time favorites.


  14. What a great book about Harry Monroe growing up in Louisiana and going threw adolescents in the 50s and 60s and the power that the love of music can bring to you It s a book that does not draw a straight line but meets up at the end


  15. This was long, and there were parts that were not compelling, but good god, the language here is some of the laugh out loud funniest I ve ever heard Pure southern id, by way of like Pynchon.


  16. I don t like to quit on books, but this book went absolutely nowhere fast I m just not a big fan of Barry Hannah s writing.


  17. This is the 2nd from Hannah, the 1st and only other story I ve read The Tennis Handsome I liked the description of this one, enjoyed the other story I read, have read good things about him, etc etcThis one starts out Blue SpadesIn 1950 I m eight years old and gravely beholding, from my vantage slot under the bleachers, the Dream of Pines Colored High School band This group blew and marched so well they were scary.The white band in town was nothing, compared drab lines of orange wheeled about by [...]


  18. It s been a little over a month since I finished this book, but I liked it quite a bit I m a big fan of Hannah s writing style very few authors can so accurately and distinctively portray the South while writing in a style that almost sounds like it s from the viewpoint of an outsider looking in Hannah also has a way of describing mundane or everyday events, actions, and or moments using words or phrases that come out of leftfield, that would never occur to most writers, but still create a clear [...]


  19. Spoiler alertrt ofMeh, eh Not a great book IMHO It was like a readable adventures of Augie March That book, while considered a classic American Bildungsroman was booooooring, couldn t finish it This one kept me interestedr some reason Some of the situations in this book were so strange and difficult to believe that they must have been based on reality Shooting at the piano player, the entire Whitfield Peter Catherine thing I don t know maybe I m missing the point of these situations Maybe he wa [...]


  20. There are brilliant moments here Truly great moments of absurdist comedy and dazzling language However, the main drama of the second book I just could not get into, and nothing stuck Each time I went back to reading it, I felt like I had skipped forward in the book accidentally, when I didn t I don t think I did at least I feel bad giving it only three stars because the moments I liked, I absolutely loved, but that second book dragged on and on.


  21. A coming of age novel by Barry Hannah, Geronimo Rex is a pretty fun read I admit to being a little biased since Hannah was raised outside of my hometown and the book discusses some settings of nostalgia for me Nevertheless the book has some hilarious scenes and a discussion of music intertwines the entire narrative.overall, a worthy read.Also check Hannah s acclaimed short story collection, Airships.


  22. though less polished, maybe, than Hannah s short story collections or Yonder Stands Your Orphan Geronimo Rex was one of the best spun yarns I ve come across in awhile soulful, poetic and hilarious darkly and otherwise LOVE THIS GUY a weird bildungsroman friendship, lust, ambition marching bands loony bin poet of erotica go forth


  23. Harry Monroe kinda bored me throughout this story, though his crew of discombobulated associates seemed to be somewhat awkward enough to carry the tune especially band leader Harry Couldn t really get into the dramatic dilemma with perverted Peter, as it just seemed trifling, but guessing that the white supremacist subtext was of a lynchpin in the time of its publication.


  24. Long, over 300 pages , bildungsroman Secondary character Fleece interesting and likable than main protagonist, Harry Other secondary characters interesting, but are kept far in the background Harley Butte should have had equal time as Harry, but then it wouldn t have been a coming of age novel Very different in style than what Hannah would later produce.


  25. Dizzying, off kilter This book spirals outwards and inwards A bit of editing wouldn t have hurt, because it s certainly too long, but an interesting take on the sexual bildungsroman The prose is electric, but can become overwhelming.


  26. Very good book Some of the odd things the Harry did in the story are probably just a reflection of that time in his life Most of us can look back on thAt time in our lives and think of things and say, what in the world was I thinking


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