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Shadow Country (Modern Library): Book summary and reviews of Shadow Country (Modern Library) by Peter Matthiessen
Shadow Country (Modern Library) Summary
Peter Matthiessen's great American epic Killing Mister Watson, Lost Man's River, and Bone by Bone was conceived as one vast mysterious novel, but because of its length it was originally broken up into three books.
In this bold new rendering, Matthiessen has cut nearly a third of the overall text and collapsed the time frame while deepening the insights and motivations of his characters with brilliant rewriting throughout. In Shadow Country, he has marvelously distilled a monumental work, realizing his original vision.
Shadow Country (Modern Library) Reviews
"Starred Review. Matthiessen's Watson trilogy is a touchstone of modern American literature
.Where Watson was a magnificent character before, he comes across as nothing short of iconic here; it's difficult to find another figure in American literature so thoroughly and convincingly portrayed." - Publishers Weekly.
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Peter Matthiessen was born in New York City in 1927 and had already begun his writing career by the time he graduated from Yale University in 1950. The following year, he was a founder of The Paris Review. Besides At Play in the Fields of the Lord, which was nominated for the National Book Award, he has published six other works of fiction, including Far Tortuga and Killing Mister Watson. Mr. Matthiessen's parallel career as a naturalist and explorer has resulted in numerous widely acclaimed books of nonfiction, among them The Tree Where Man Was Born, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country, which won it.
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