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.
"Shadow Country is altogether gripping, shocking,and brilliantly told, not just a tour de force in its stylistic range, but a great American novel, as powerful a reading experience as nearly any in our literature." - The New York Review of Books.
"Magnificent and capacious
. I'll just say right here that the book took my sleeve and like the ancient mariner would not let go...a breathtaking saga." - The Los Angeles Times.
"Gorgeously written and unfailingly compelling, Shadow Country is the exhilarating masterwork of [Matthiessen's] career, every bit as ambitious as Moby Dick." - National Geographic Adventure magazine.
"Peter Mattiessen consolidates his epic masterpiece of Florida -- and crafts something even better...anyone wanting an explanation for what happened to Florida can now find it in a single novel, a great American novel." - Miami Herald.
"Even among a body of work as magnificent as Matthiessen's, this is his great book." - St. Petersburg Times.
"Shadow Country is a magnum opus. Matthiessen is meticulous in creating characters, lyrical in describing landscapes, and resolute in dissecting the values and costs that accompanied the development of this nation." - Seattle Times.
"Shadow Country is an ambitious, lasting, and meaningful work of literature that will not soon fade away." - East Hampton Star.
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