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By James Agee

Forty years after its unique booklet, James Agee's final novel turns out, greater than ever, an American vintage. For in his lyrical, sorrowful account of a man's loss of life and its effect on his family members, Agee painstakingly created a small international of family happiness after which confirmed how fast and casually it may be destroyed.

On a sultry summer season evening in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his condominium in Knoxville, Tennessee, to are likely to his father, whom he believes is demise. The summons seems to be a fake alarm, yet on his as far back as his kin, Jay has a motor vehicle coincidence and is killed immediately. Dancing backward and forward in time and braiding the viewpoints of Jay's spouse, brother, and younger son, Rufus, Agee creates an overwhelmingly robust novel of innocence, tenderness, and loss that are meant to be learn aloud for the sheer track of its prose.

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I headed for the campus and asked a strolling young gentleman where the Geography Department might be. He heard me first time: his hair wasn’t screening his ears and he looked the sort of kid who’d have washed them, maybe even that morning. It made a change. He told me politely. I suppose I hadn’t been taking much notice of the time, or I’d have realized that academic effort would have ceased in order to give the alimentary tract its chance. The sound of champing jaws wasn’t exactly audible, but it was implicit in the stillness.

Furthermore, arboriculture isn’t my territory. Ahead of me a car pulled away from the kerb and drove away sedately. It was a sedate street. But finally I saw it and turned into the driveway, stopped the car and got out. The gravel crunched under my feet as I walked towards the four steps that led up to the front porch. It was one of those big, old, white-painted, wooden houses with louvred shutters on the windows and plenty of both space and charm. Businessmen’s homes are painted oftener, but I’d settle for one 43 like this.

Philly. ’ He looked at me and grinned. ’ I looked at him. It had given me an idea. He was wearing a brown coverall and one of those flat caps that Englishmen, golfers and truck drivers wear. ’ He turned and stared at me hard. ‘You said you were a doctor,’ he said accusingly, and his foot went to the brake. I pulled out my wallet and showed him. ’ I couldn’t think of a reason. Cupidity was the best answer. ’ Then I grinned. ’ His foot went to the brake again, but I said we’d make the change when we found a garage and I could either get a cab or hire a car.

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