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I've searched and didn't find a Pete Dexter thread.

The Southern Literature thread and the resurfacing of the Tree of Smoke thread have forced my hand. In fact Andy's description of the writing in Tree of Smoke as both beautiful and brutal made me think of Pete Dexter.

Anyone read or reading Pete Dexter?

He has the same kind of pugilistic style as Harry Crews with a bonus sense of humor a la Barry Hannah.

I just finished Spooner and immediately wanted to read it again armed with a highlighter . There are passages that are so well crafted that I could commit them to memory. I loaned my copy out, I may have to go buy another copy just to underline and fill the margins with notes.

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

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I've searched and didn't find a Pete Dexter thread.

The Southern Literature thread and the resurfacing of the Tree of Smoke thread have forced my hand. In fact Andy's description of the writing in Tree of Smoke as both beautiful and brutal made me think of Pete Dexter.

Anyone read or reading Pete Dexter?

He has the same kind of pugilistic style as Harry Crews with a bonus sense of humor a la Barry Hannah.

I just finished Spooner and immediately wanted to read it again armed with a highlighter . There are passages that are so well crafted that I could commit them to memory. I loaned my copy out, I may have to go buy another copy just to underline and fill the margins with notes.

Read Deadwood a long time ago, but that was shortly after reading Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, and I felt Deadwood paled in comparison. Probably an unfair assessment. I should reread it.

I've also read Paris Trout, which was pretty good, but extremely depressing.

Other than that, Pete used to write a regular column for the Sacramento Bee that I read with some regularity. He's a very no-nonsense guy - his columns read much the same as his books.

Formerly Baal_T'shuvah

"Everyone has the right to make an ass out of themselves. You just can't let the world judge you too much." - Maude 
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The only Dexter I have read is Train, and I thought it was wonderful.

A couple months back I decided to switch to audio books during my 25-minute daily commute and Spooner is next up in my queue. Audio books take ages to get through in 50-minute daily increments, so I'd considered skipping it for something shorter, but based on the comments I above, I can't wait to get to it.

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I think listening to Spooner as an audiobook will be an annual summer event for me as I am midway through for the second time. The narrator, Tom Stechschulte, gets the humor of the language and enhances it in waysI would miss if reading it myself. His interpretation has changed how I read other books. Slow down. Think about every word. etc.

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